onsdag 25 februari 2009

sex at the margins

Igen en polariserad debatt: Laura Maria Agustín som skrivit om migration och trafficking var seminariegäst i dag. Hon presenterade sin forskning och sin ståndpunkt som inte är helt konventionell. Bland annat vill hon ha bort offertänket inom vad hon kallar "the rescue industry", dvs de som arbetar med att rädda personer som hamnat i sexuell trafficking. Så här låter det på amazon.com's hemsida:

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 makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label "trafficked" does not accurately describe migrants' lives and that the "rescue industry" disempowers them. Based on extensive research among 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 marginalized group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and 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.

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