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Gender and Globalization in Asia and the PacificMethod, Practice, Theory$
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Kathy E. Ferguson and Monique Mironesco

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831592

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831592.001.0001

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Female Sex Slavery or Just Women’s Work?

Female Sex Slavery or Just Women’s Work?

Prostitution and Female Subjectivity within Anti-trafficking Discourses

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(p.233) Chapter 13 Female Sex Slavery or Just Women’s Work?
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Gender and Globalization in Asia and the Pacific
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Lucinda Joy Peach

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831592.003.0013

This chapter describes how international human rights is held out as the appropriate paradigm for empowering trafficked women and commercial sex work by otherwise ideologically opposed members of the anti-sex-trafficking community and discusses why this reliance can be problematic, especially with respect to the Asia-Pacific region. Since Thailand historically has been the center for sex trafficking and the commercial sex industry in the Asia-Pacific region, and receives a significant part of the attention given to sex trafficking in the Asia-Pacific region, this chapter focuses on the responses of the anti-sex-trafficking community to the morality and appropriate legal status of commercial sex work in Thailand and of Thai women.

Keywords:   international human rights, trafficked women, commercial sex work, Thailand, Thai women, anti-sex trafficking, prostitution, sex trafficking, commercial sex industry

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