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Review: 'Trafficking and Prostitution Reconsidered: New Perspectives on Migration, Sex Work, and Human Rights'
Hypatia
  • Rebecca Whisnant, University of Dayton
Document Type
Book Review
Publication Date
8-1-2007
Abstract
Contributors to the volume more often presume or assert these central contentions than they provide evidence or arguments in their defense. Although most of the authors clearly share the editor’s view that prostitution per se is not harmful to women, no contributor mentions (let alone refutes) the substantial evidence of the devastating effects prostitution has on women’s physical and emotional well being.3 Similarly, they assert that migration is the “core issue” of trafficking without considering and rejecting other core issues such as men’s demand for commercial access to the bodies of women and children (or even, more broadly, the demand of wealthy consumers for cheap labor and consumer goods). Finally, most contributors treat their highly restrictive definition of trafficking as if it were a settled and indisputable fact, when in fact it is based in a particular and highly contested ideology about prostitution.4
Inclusive pages
209-215
ISBN/ISSN
0887-5367
Comments

Book citation information:

Kamala Kempadoo, ed. Trafficking and Prostitution Reconsidered: New Perspectives on Migration, Sex Work, and Human Rights. New York, NY: Paradigm Publishers, 2005.

Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
Peer Reviewed
Yes
Citation Information
Rebecca Whisnant. "Review: 'Trafficking and Prostitution Reconsidered: New Perspectives on Migration, Sex Work, and Human Rights'" Hypatia Vol. 22 Iss. 3 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rebecca-whisnant/8/