Useful blogs and articles on sex work and mobility

02/12/2008 at 10:15 1 comment

There has been a great deal of media interest in sex work, immigration and trafficking in the UK in the light of UK Government proposals that paying for sex with those ‘controlled for another person’s gain’ be a criminal offence.

Laura Agustín was featured in the UK newspaper the Guardian. In an article ‘The shadowy world of sex accross borders: The government’s latest proposals for sex workers so little to tackle the problem of human trafficking’ she makes the point that;

If, as many Guardian commentators declare, you believe a British woman may prefer selling sex to her other options, then you must allow that possibility to people of other nationalities, whether they are living outside their birth countries or not. Anything else is colonialism. It’s similarly patronising to declare that they were always forced to migrate, as though they had no will, preference or ability to plan a new life.

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Laura has an excellent blog ‘Border Thinking on Migration and Trafficking: Culture, Economy and Sex’ where she writes as a lifelong migrant and sometime worker in both nongovernmental and academic projects about sex, travel and work.

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  • 1. katehawkins  |  11/01/2009 at 22:29

    BBC Radio 4’s stats-busting programme More or Less has taken up the issue, querying the figures on numbers of sex workers and numbers trafficked in the UK:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7819984.stm.

    Cheryl Overs 10/1/09

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