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.
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By Laura Augustine - probably. By Robert Blumenfeld - never.
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.
Disappointment that such an important subject was massacred by the reader.
- Hannah May