• Sex at the Margins

  • Migration, Labour Markets, and the Rescue Industry
  • By: Laura Agustin
  • Narrated by: Robert Blumenfeld
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 24-12-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 1 out of 5 stars 1.0 (1 rating)


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 argues 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 listening for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice.
©2007 Laura Agustin (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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1 out of 5 stars
By Hannah May on 02-02-15


Would you try another book written by Laura Agustin or narrated by Robert Blumenfeld?

By Laura Augustine - probably. By Robert Blumenfeld - never.

Who was your favorite character and why?


What didn’t you like about Robert Blumenfeld’s performance?

He reads as if he's in a desperate hurry to get to the end, his voice has no intonation and he seems to have no idea what he's reading. The chapter headings blur into the text and it's a chore to try to follow him. I gave up - I'll have to buy the paperback.

Also - who in the hell would cast an American man to read the work of a European woman when there's first person narration? Madness.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment that such an important subject was massacred by the reader.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Susie on 04-01-13

The Rescue Industry is Built on Sex Worker's Backs

Agustín has almost singlehandedly changed the international debate about the definition and exploitation of the “sex trafficking” world as it is manipulated and exploited by NGOs, the Rescue Industry and major political players.

The corruption and disassembling that is going in the name of “saving victims” is truly shocking, and that's why this book has been on every feminist, public policy, and migrant rights desk since its first appearance.

Whatever Agustín does next, Margins will remain as the classic that started the fireworks. As far as I'm concerned, this book is the vanguard of feminism and the bleeding edge of migration consciousness

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5 out of 5 stars
By Eris on 14-12-15

great read

interesting view of work and migration. gave me something to think about. I reccomend to anyone interested in sex work in particular or women's migration in general.

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