Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

Sex at the Margins Migration Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry This groundbreaking work 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 o

  • Title: Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry
  • Author: Laura María Agustín
  • ISBN: 9781842778609
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Paperback
  • This groundbreaking work 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 Agust n makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label trafficked does not accurately describe miThis groundbreaking work 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 Agust n 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 both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radical analysis Frequently, says Agust n, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry Although they are treated as 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 from the back cover

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    1. Agustin makes a compelling case here for the reconsideration of migrant sex workers that is both challenging and certainly grounds for pause on the part of humanitarians. Among my own studies of late, the question of politics within human rights work comes up time and time again. The idea that competing negative viewpoints on (a) immigrant workers, (b) sex workers, and (c) women violating moral sexual norms come together to form a 'rescue industry' that in its efforts to rehabilitate women in fa [...]

    2. I really wanted to like this more, as I share similar wariness of the rescue industry. I value the author's attention to the often unspoken relationship domestic work and sex work share. The way Augustin draws attention to the caricature of "Migrant" is powerful. The conflict she describes between organizations seeking to save ( or rehabilitate, empower, etc.) people who engage in sex work was sobering.Most likely, I'm not immersed enough in the world, coming from a harm reduction and public hea [...]

    3. Interesting and easy to read ethnography of global migration and service industry. Though sometimes I lacked depth in her analysis, I very much liked the historical part, where she outlines the rise of the salvaging/helping industry, and her suggestions on how to re-frame and re-conceptualize migration and the global sex industry in order to not to assign unnecessary labels to those whom one studies.

    4. Laura Agustin has a remarkable ability to turn things on their head.If you read her blog, you'll be familiar with the narratives that she contests. But the book really brings it all together.The narrative is that all women who do sex work are victims. Nobody would ever chose to do that work. They have been coerced or duped. They need to be rescued. Triple that for migrants. But who is a migrant? Why are some people called migrants while others are called travelers, tourists, expats? A privileged [...]

    5. I always like books that challenge my unquestioned beliefs with good data and research. Agustin's work is straightforward and factual, and completely blows apart the standard social narrative around prostitution and migrant work. The media and government feeds us simple, uncritical images of homogenous poor migrants, victimized women, people with no agency in their lives who need us more educated, more affluent people to 'save' them -- Agustin shows the data from migrant workers, in their own wo [...]

    6. As someone in the helping profession, this critique of helpers who refuse to examine or are unaware of their own constructed realities and interests was at times hard to read. However, based on Agustin's examination of historical movements to define sex work, and her field work in Spain among migrant sex workers and those attempting to help them, it was an excellent reminder of the agency of people everyone and the need to let them define themselves, even if that definition is not I one that I a [...]

    7. Not sure if this book is groundbreaking but it certainly is a unique and well documented look at women who migrate to become sex workers. Laura Augustin has a Ph.D. and a refreshing attitude toward what has become called "trafficking" but which she shows is often the best choice a woman in the global South has of supporting herself and her family. She really goes after the canard that all migrating sex workers are controlled by vicious pimps and that none of them are economic migrants looking fo [...]

    8. This book shatters many myths about sex workers: that all sex workers are victims, that migrant sex workers are all trafficked, and that all men who use their services are exploitative and perverted. Many of these myths come from feminist theory and moralizing, rather than research of what actually happens in the real world. This author uncovers this research, and exposes the self-interest of many of the organizations that claim to help these "victims," who in most cases never asked for their he [...]

    9. This book shifted my perspective of those valiant first-wave feminists of the Progressive Age, and with it, my feminism altogether. I was also pleased to have my perspective of migrant workers shifted from "huddled masses" to "adventurous world travelers." The book's tone is fairly academic (though totally accessible) but a bit uneven in places. I felt like the chapter presenting her research experiences to be a bit thin, and wished for the kind of depth of analysis she'd given to the overview a [...]

    10. Agustin looks at global migrations and the sex trade and takes issue with the idea that all sex-trade linked migration is "trafficking" with violence and abuse. She also asks whether the "rescue industry" of NGOs and social agencies is itself victimising women in the sex trade. Agustin looks at migrants in the sex trade as part of--- not a distinct, morally-charged realm ---a larger issue of migration and job-seeking. Her website is worth looking at for further examples of the points she makes.

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