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EBOOK í Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry ⚸ This groundbreaking work 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 interestLaura Agust n 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 amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radical analysis Frequently, says Agust n, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry Although they are treated as a marginalised group, they form part of the dynamic global economyBoth 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 from the back cover This book shatters many myths about sex workers that all sex workers are victims, that migrant sex workers are all trafficked, and that all men who use their services are exploitative and perverted Many of these myths come from feminist theory and moralizing, rather than research of what actually happens in the real world This author uncovers this research, and exposes the self interest of many of the organizations that claim to help these victims, who in most cases never asked for their he This book shatters many myths about sex workers that all sex workers are victims, that migrant sex workers are all trafficked, and that all men who use their services are exploitative and perverted Many of these myths come from feminist theory and moralizing, rather than research of what actually happens in the real world This author uncovers this research, and exposes the self interest of many of the organizations that claim to help these victims, who in most cases never asked for their help, even resent it This author is refreshingly objective and balanced in her treatment of the subject Agustin makes a compelling case here for the reconsideration of migrant sex workers that is both challenging and certainly grounds for pause on the part of humanitarians Among my own studies of late, the question of politics within human rights work comes up time and time again The idea that competing negative viewpoints on a immigrant workers, b sex workers, and c women violating moral sexual norms come together to form a rescue industry that in its efforts to rehabilitate women in fa Agustin makes a compelling case here for the reconsideration of migrant sex workers that is both challenging and certainly grounds for pause on the part of humanitarians Among my own studies of late, the question of politics within human rights work comes up time and time again The idea that competing negative viewpoints on a immigrant workers, b sex workers, and c women violating moral sexual norms come together to form a rescue industry that in its efforts to rehabilitate women in fact disempowers them should be the concern of feminists, humanitarians, and those who embody the two Agustin urges readers not only to reevaluate how we envision sex trafficking in the mainstream, but also how we frame the issue of sex work and women s labor.Great book I read it for a women s studies course, and I loved it Agustin s voice is a refreshing and brave change of pace in trafficking discourse Prostitution apologists Duh And particularly toxic when coming along as either leftist or social justice warrior In this case it s both One of the biggest whataboutism books I ve read in a long time A very long time Good grief Prostitution apologists Duh And particularly toxic when coming along as either leftist or social justice warrior In this case it s both One of the biggest whataboutism books I ve read in a long time A very long time Good grief Laura Agustin has a remarkable ability to turn things on their head.If you read her blog, you ll be familiar with the narratives that she contests But the book really brings it all together.The narrative is that all women who do sex work are victims Nobody would ever chose to do that work They have been coerced or duped They need to be rescued Triple that for migrants But who is a migrant Why are some people called migrants while others are called travelers, tourists, expats A privileged Laura Agustin has a remarkable ability to turn things on their head.If you read her blog, you ll be familiar with the narratives that she contests But the book really brings it all together.The narrative is that all women who do sex work are victims Nobody would ever chose to do that work They have been coerced or duped They need to be rescued Triple that for migrants But who is a migrant Why are some people called migrants while others are called travelers, tourists, expats A privileged person might go to another country to work a bit and have an adventure But a poor person is only seen to be pushed out because of conflict or pulled in to earn money and nothing else as though a worker is the only thing they are Never do you hear that a poor woman wants to migrate in order to get new experiences or find herself That s just reserved for the wealthy.Why is sex work treated so differently from other work Why is it assumed to be worse than housekeeping, nannying, working in a factory, or investment banking at Goldman Sachs Domestics are exempted from even the most basic employment laws They are at the beck and call of the family they work for, often 24 7 Most people say that freedom and flexibility are the things they most want from their jobs Yet we are all blind to that desire when it comes to women who are choosing between sex work and domestic service.It is difficult to find a rational reason for people to look at sex work as so muchexploitative than all the other types of work out there Why is it so clear to people that sex work is problematic, but so difficult for people to see how dehumanizing other work is Evenproblematically, many of the women who work in the rescue industries arethan happy to use poor women as domestics while they pursue their careers One of the most interesting parts of the book for me is the history of how the helping industry came to be, how middle class women with few options made careers out of charity work But charity work requires victims to be saved, whether or not those people want the help.It is always difficult to find the balance between considering the social circumstances and systemic injustices that limit people s choices while still respecting people All people, regardless of their constraints, should be seen as full human beings with the ability to make decisions Too often we see problems as statistics and certain people as acted upon only This book tips the scales back in the direction of full human being