Cosmopolitan Sex Workers: Women and Migration in a Global by Christine B.N. Chin

By Christine B.N. Chin

Cosmopolitan intercourse Workers is a groundbreaking inspect the phenomenon of non-trafficked ladies who migrate from one worldwide urban to a different to accomplish paid sexual exertions in Southeast Asia. via a brand new, leading edge framework, Christine B.N. Chin indicates that as neoliberal financial restructuring tactics create pathways connecting significant towns during the international, pageant and collaboration among towns creates new avenues for the move of individuals, providers and items. Loosely geared up networks of migrant hard work develop in tandem with professional-managerial periods, and intercourse employees migrate to varied components of towns, looking on the site of the shoppers to which they cater.

But whereas worldwide towns create financial possibilities for migrants (and depend upon the exertions they provide), states react with new varieties of securitization and surveillance. for that reason, migrants needs to negotiate among appropriating and subverting the information that tell international fiscal restructuring. Chin argues that migration permits ladies to advance intercultural abilities that support them to make those negotiations.

Cosmopolitan intercourse Workers is leading edge not just in its specialize in non-trafficked girls, yet in its research of the advanced dating among international monetary techniques and migration for intercourse paintings. via attention-grabbing interviews with intercourse staff in Kuala Lumpur, Chin exhibits that intercourse paintings offers ladies with the technique of incomes source of revenue for households, for schooling, or even for his or her personal companies. It additionally permits girls the potential to trip the realm - a sort of cosmopolitanism "from below."

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K A L E I D O S C OP E OF C I T Y, C R E AT I V I T Y, A N D C O S M OP OL I TA N I S M [ 21 ] Legitimacy, nevertheless, is persistently denied this form of work and worker: sex work is treated as a moral issue, but this sense of morality is at odds with the ways in which morality is being reconfigured in an era of globalized free markets. The irony here is that if and when women take responsibility to better or improve their lives via transnational migration for sex work, they bear the wrath of moral indignation and legal sanctions by receiving states, societies, and even their own families.

The focus then shifts to syndicate members (Malaysian men and women) who provide support services to the migrant women. Despite the centrality of earning income, the women’s and syndicate members’ encounters with difference are not entirely based on utilitarian need. From views on humanity to acts of reciprocity, many of them genuinely desire to know, understand, and appreciate alternative ways of living, being, and doing by people born and raised in communities other than their own. Still, some endorse deprecating stereotypes premised on racial-cultural superiority.

The end of the Cold War transformed military prostitution into renowned sex tourism sites in several Asian global cities (see especially Enloe 2000; Moon 1997; Phongpaichit 1982; Robinson 2006; TrŲţ ng 1990). Meanwhile, tourism development in the Caribbean created the four S’s (sun, sea, shopping, and sex) of island destinations for international tourists (Cabezas 2004; Brennan 2004; Taylor 2001). One of the major differences between the imperial past and the present is that contemporary processes of liberalizing tourism under GATS are institutionalizing women’s migration for sex work in major cities all over the world—not just those that are internationally renowned for sex tourism— throughout Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region (see, for example, Agustín 2007; Wonders and Michalowski 2001; Spanger 2002; Mahdavi 2010; Kim and Fu 2008).

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