Cosmopolitan Sex Workers: Women and Migration in a Global by Christine B.N. Chin

By Christine B.N. Chin

Cosmopolitan intercourse Workers is a groundbreaking look at the phenomenon of non-trafficked ladies who migrate from one worldwide urban to a different to accomplish paid sexual hard work in Southeast Asia. via a brand new, cutting edge framework, Christine B.N. Chin exhibits that as neoliberal monetary restructuring tactics create pathways connecting significant towns in the course of the international, pageant and collaboration among towns creates new avenues for the circulate of individuals, prone and items. Loosely prepared networks of migrant hard work develop in tandem with professional-managerial periods, and intercourse employees migrate to various elements of towns, reckoning on the positioning of the consumers to which they cater.

But whereas international towns create fiscal possibilities for migrants (and rely on the exertions they provide), states react with new varieties of securitization and surveillance. accordingly, migrants needs to negotiate among appropriating and subverting the information that tell international fiscal restructuring. Chin argues that migration permits girls to boost intercultural talents that aid them to make those negotiations.

Cosmopolitan intercourse Workers is leading edge not just in its concentrate on non-trafficked ladies, yet in its research of the complicated courting among worldwide financial tactics and migration for intercourse paintings. via attention-grabbing interviews with intercourse staff in Kuala Lumpur, Chin indicates that intercourse paintings gives you girls with the technique of incomes source of revenue for households, for schooling, or even for his or her personal companies. It additionally permits ladies the skill to commute the area - a sort of cosmopolitanism "from below."

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While some might argue that the privatization of security in varied ways is yet another indication of declining state sovereignty, such a perspective misses the point of expanded roles for the private sector and citizenry. Receiving states are “neither losing control nor abdicating their sovereignty; rather, states seek to reduce the costs of immigration and to control migration at the same time that they allow the free flow of trade and goods” (Lahav 2000, 216). The symbolic extension inward of territorial borders to, and the de facto or de jure privatization of security for, monitoring such spaces as homes, schools, hospitals and workplaces, render irregular migrant workers and even some regular migrants and immigrants as political, economic, social and cultural outsiders who are perceived to threaten the receiving nation.

This section discusses the creative strategies deployed by these three sets of actors to mitigate constraints, and to identify and take advantage of opportunities. How do state authorities in receiving countries manage migrants who seek entry into, or who already are present in, their global cities? Why do women migrate for sex work, particularly when they have alternative employment opportunities either in sending or receiving countries? Who facilitates their migration and [ 14 ] Cosmopolitan Sex Workers employment as sex workers?

Women are treated differently from men, and they cannot be invisible strangers especially if they travel alone. Color and passports also make a difference (2006). This is an especially pertinent point in relation to women who migrate for sex work. In global cities, migrant women sex workers encounter people from other cultures, classes, nationalities, religions, and racial-ethnic groups. These encounters can strengthen, affirm, or modify migrant women’s worldviews and practices toward the Other, and vice versa.

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