Download Epub Format ☆ Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry PDF by ☆ Laura María Agustín 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 help, even resent it This author is refreshingly objective and balanced in her treatment of the subject.
I really wanted to like this , 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 health background Does anyone else find it frustrating when you go looking for a way forward and only find problematization Yes, it is necessary to look behind the motivation of an argument and steel oneself from dichotomizing every problem as good or evil But can we get a little guidance For instance, I really bristled at the way Agusti 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 InterestLaura 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 EconomyBoth 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 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 am always comfortable with.
Historical contexts and notions of ethnocentrism and otherness are at play whenever we attempt to save someone This is not an argument to never be involved in helping others, but rather Agustin challenges us to examine our own self interests at play in those actions and to ensure that those we are helping actually want and are in charge of defining the help we are offeri The go to book about white people who try to rescue women from sex work All the analysis you need.
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.
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 useducated,affluent people to save them Agustin shows the data from migrant workers, in their own words and she turns the academic lens back on the people who claim to help or save them, to look at their motivations and how effective their helping work actually is.
What emerges are stories of people who are making choices in their own lives, who do not see themselves as victims, but as making the best of the difficult situation they are in Agustin exposes how common language words 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 for a better life.
Augustin does a great job in punching through the thick accretion of myth that has built up around the subject through a combination of ethnographic interviews and reviews of literature Her discussion of the rescue industry is devastating, showing that much of its statistical basis is either created from whole cloth or interpolated from inadequ
Prostitution apologists Duh And particularly toxic when coming along as either leftist or social justice warrior In this case it s both One of the biggest whataboutism books I ve read in a long time A very long time Good grief.
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 person might go to another country to work a bit and have an adventure But a poor person is only seen to be pushed out because of conflict or pulled in to earn money and nothing else as though a worker is the only thing they are Never do you hear that a poor woman wants to migrate in o