Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the


    Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the 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."/>
  • Paperback
  • 248 pages
  • Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry
  • Laura María Agustín
  • English
  • 24 May 2019
  • 1842778609

10 thoughts on “Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

  1. M M says:

    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 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 fact disempowers them should be the concern of feminists, humanitarians, and those who embody the two Agustin urges readers not only to reevaluate how we envision sex trafficking in the mainstream, but also how we frame the issue of sex work and women s labor.Great book I read it for a women s studies course, and I loved it Agustin s voice is a refreshing and brave change of pace in trafficking discourse


  2. Steelwhisper Steelwhisper says:

    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 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


  3. Broadsnark Broadsnark says:

    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 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 order to get new experiences or find herself That s just reserved for the wealthy.Why is sex work treated so differently from other work Why is it assumed to be worse than housekeeping, nannying, working in a factory, or investment banking at Goldman Sachs Domestics are exempted from even the most basic employment laws They are at the beck and call of the family they work for, often 24 7 Most people say that freedom and flexibility are the things they most want from their jobs Yet we are all blind to that desire when it comes to women who are choosing between sex work and domestic service.It is difficult to find a rational reason for people to look at sex work as so muchexploitative than all the other types of work out there Why is it so clear to people that sex work is problematic, but so difficult for people to see how dehumanizing other work is Evenproblematically, many of the women who work in the rescue industries arethan happy to use poor women as domestics while they pursue their careers One of the most interesting parts of the book for me is the history of how the helping industry came to be, how middle class women with few options made careers out of charity work But charity work requires victims to be saved, whether or not those people want the help.It is always difficult to find the balance between considering the social circumstances and systemic injustices that limit people s choices while still respecting people All people, regardless of their constraints, should be seen as full human beings with the ability to make decisions Too often we see problems as statistics and certain people as acted upon only This book tips the scales back in the direction of full human being


  4. Tim Mcleod Tim Mcleod says:

    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 hea 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 Agustin framed epidemiological work as some big industry set on exploiting participants for numbers I fully admit there needs to be a bridge to action from collected data, especially one that respects the underprivileged and meets them where they are rather than as subjects And yes Scientific work is not objective and without its own motives But it seemed to me that the author was painting fundamentalist activists and public health workers with the same brush.All said, the work presented is innovative, rare, and definitely has merit


  5. Annalvogt Annalvogt says:

    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 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 offering We are not operating in a vacuum words like trafficking, prostitution, slave and abolition all fit within a context that has not often been kind or beneficial to the women it proposed to save those same patterns continue today in the rescue industry that is involved in constructing its own reality in order to study, organize, manage, debate and serve them To simply feel compassion is not enough, rather we must think about the constructed character of the social problems that tug on our heart strings As social constructions, how can working to change the construction dissolve the problem Highly recommended for anyone working in a helping field, from development to health, but especially for those who are engaged in issues of human trafficking, prostitution and modern day slavery


  6. Dafna Dafna says:

    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.


  7. C Forward C Forward says:

    The go to book about white people who try to rescue women from sex work All the analysis you need.


  8. Jschrag Jschrag says:

    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 wo 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 like trafficking are used to hide the complexity of what is actually going on And she points out some things that are obvious in retrospect that poor people want to travel to see the world and becomecosmopolitan and that some people see selling sex as a much better job prospect than cleaning toilets, which are also disgusting and dangerous for undocumented workers but pays much, much less That male and transexual sex workers are ignored completely in most of the data and discourse That economic discussions and research of migrants leave out sex workers entirely, although those workers and the surround economy they generate constitute a very large proportion of migrants.Agustin does not in any minimize the dangers of sex work or of being an undocumented migrant , but she does expose that it is not something that can or should be reduced to a few simplistic sound bites doing so just victimizes the workers


  9. Ed Ed says:

    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 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 inadequate or biased samples This is social science with an edge


  10. Marshall Marshall says:

    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 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


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About the Author: Laura María Agustín

I write about people who travel the Margins: MOBI ó and cross borders to work lots of them without permission or with fake papers Women who work as live in maids or sell sex, men who wash dishes, pick fruit or sell sex Border Sex at Epub / crossers, undocumented migrants, folks who have paid smugglers to get somewhere new In the media this is usually positioned as hideous trafficking, and all jobs in the sex industry as a fate worse than death It s true, some women would at the Margins: MOBI ñ rather die than be sex workers, but guess what Others would rather die than be maids In my writing I don t generalise You need a whole lot of information before it s okay to stick labels on peopleMy new book is Mediterranean noir, The Three Headed Dog It takes place in Spain, on the crazy mixed Costa del Sol and MadridSex at the Margins Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry lay the non victimising groundwork in and continues to be read and highly relevant I wish the publisher did not set the price so highConnect on facebook.