LAURA AGUSTÍN has been studying the links between the sex industry and migration since 1994, after working in educación popular in Latin America and with Latin American migrants abroad. Her Open University doctoral thesis, to be a Zed Book, focuses on the discourses and practices of the social sector proposing to help women migrants. She has many publications in Spanish and English, has been an evaluator of projects for the European Commission's Daphne Program and for the International Labor Organization, and is the moderator of the romance-language list, Industriadel Sexo.
ELIZABETH BERNSTEIN is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is currently completing a book titled Economies of Desire: Sexual Commerce and PostIndustrial Culture, which is a theoretical and empirical treatment of recent transformations in the global sexual economy, based upon ethnographic research in five countries.
MARY BERNSTEIN is an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on sexuality, social movements, law, and gender. Her recent anthology, Queer Families, Queer Politics: Challenging Culture and the State (Columbia University Press 2001), connects the microdynamics of gender, sexuality, and family with the macrodynamics of social movements, politics, and law. Currently, she is working on a book about how lesbian and gay activists choose political strategies and how those strategies impact legal change.
WENDY CHAPKIS is an Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Sociology at the University of Southern Maine. Dr. Chapkis is the author of two books, Beauty Secrets: Women and the Politics of Appearance (South End Press 1986) and Live Sex Acts: Women Performing Erotic Labor (Routledge 1997) and the editor of two anthologies, Loaded Questions: Women in the Military and Of