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Sex Work, Immigration and Social Difference (Hardcover) (Julie Ham)
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Public discourses around ‘migrant sex workers’ are often much more confident about what migrant sex workers signify but are less clear about who the ‘migrant’ is. Determining who is or is not a migrant is not a simple empirical exercise but a process of social construction that is, in the case of sex work, significantly shaped by ideas about race, class, nationality and gender.The book offers a unique and agenda-setting account of women’s experiences, attitudes and negotiations of work, immigration and citizenship in the sex work industry in two Western countries on opposite sides of the Pacific: Australia and Canada. It expands contemporary international debates surrounding sex work, examines how contrasting regulatory frameworks produce different ‘legal’ and ‘illegal’ professional identities in the sex industry and challenges social myths about the risks and vulnerabilities of ‘migrant sex workers’.