Paper $31.95 ISBN: 9781842778609 Published May 2007 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $108.95 ISBN: 9781842778593 Published May 2007 For sale in North and South America only

Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

Laura Maríia Agustín

Sex at the Margins

Laura Maríia Agustín

Distributed for Zed Books

256 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5
Paper $31.95 ISBN: 9781842778609 Published May 2007 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $108.95 ISBN: 9781842778593 Published May 2007 For sale in North and South America only
This groundbreaking book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work; that migrants who sell sex are passive victims; and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest.

Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label 'trafficked' does not accurately describe migrants' lives and that the 'rescue industry' disempowers them. Based on extensive research amongst migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustín, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry. Although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy.

Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice.
Contents
Acknowledgements
1. Sexual Commotion
2. Working to Travel, Travelling to Work
3. A World of Services
4. The Rise of the Social - and of 'Prostitution'
5. Grasping the Thing Itself: Methodology
6. From Charity to Solidarity: In the Field with Helpers
7. Partial Truths
Works Cited
Primary Sources
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