Bookshelf Spotlight: Human Trafficking, Prostitution, and Hypersexuality in SE Asia

Featured Books

* Sex and Borders: Gender, National Identity, and Prostitution Policy in Thailand
* The Traffic in Women: Human Realities of the International Sex Trade
* The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine
* Female Sex Trafficking in Asia
* The Intimate Economies of Bangkok: Tomboys, Tycoons, and Avon Ladies in the Global City

Sex and Borders: Gender, National Identity, and Prostitution Policy in Thailand


by Leslie Ann Jeffrey
University of Hawaii Press, 2003

Prostitution in Thailand has been the subject of media sensationalism for decades. Bangkok’s brothels have become international icons of “Third World” women’s exploitation in the global sex trade. Recently, however, sex workers have begun to demand not pity, but rights as workers in the global economy. This book explores how prostitution policy is linked to the disciplining of Thai national identity and gender.

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The Traffic in Women: Human Realities of the International Sex Trade


by Siriporn Skrobanek, et al.
Zed Books, 1997

This moving but unemotional account of the rapidly-expanding international traffic in women reveals it as a global issue. Using original, carefully-documented field studies from Thailand, it explores the nature and extent of the problem worldwide. It demonstrates how the traffic in women and forced prostitution are aspects of transnational migration, now estimated to involve 70 million people worldwide.

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The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine


by Somaly Mam
Spiegel & Grau, 2005

Born in a village deep in the Cambodian forest, Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather when she was twelve years old. For the next decade she was shuttled through the brothels that make up the sprawling sex trade of Southeast Asia. Written in exquisite, spare, unflinching prose, The Road of Lost Innocence is a memoir that will leave you awestruck by the courage and strength of this extraordinary woman and will renew your faith in the power of an individual to bring about change.

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Female Sex Trafficking in Asia


by Vidyamali Samarasinghe
Taylor & Francis Ltd, 2009

Trafficking of women and girls for purposes of sexual exploitation across the globe is widely acknowledged as a leading criminal activity. Women of poor countries are particularly vulnerable to sex trafficking. This book identifies the patterns, causes and consequences of female sex trafficking in Nepal, Cambodia and the Philippines. Using empirical evidence this book illustrates the commonalities and the differences among the different countries and recommends that serious attention should be paid to location-specific dimensions of sex trafficking in designing anti-sex trafficking strategies.

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The Intimate Economies of Bangkok: Tomboys, Tycoons, and Avon Ladies in the Global City


by Ara Wilson
University of California Press, 2004

The Intimate Economies of Bangkok is a multifaceted portrait of the intertwining of identities, relationships, and economics during Bangkok’s boom years. Using innovative case studies of women’s and men’s participation in a range of modern markets–department stores, go-go bars, a popular downtown mall, a telecommunications company, and the direct sales corporations Amway and Avon–Wilson chronicles the powerful expansion of capitalist exchange into further reaches of Thai society. She shows how global economies have interacted with local systems to create new kinds of lifestyles, ranging from “tomboys” to corporate tycoons to sex workers. Combining feminist theory with classic anthropological understandings of exchange, this historically grounded ethnography maps the reverberations of gender, sexuality, and ethnicity at the hub of Bangkok’s modern economy.

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