Policing Pleasure: Sex Work, Policy, and the State in Global Perspective

Policing Pleasure: Sex Work, Policy, and the State in Global Perspective

Policing Pleasure: Sex Work, Policy, and the State in Global Perspective

Policing Pleasure: Sex Work, Policy, and the State in Global Perspective

Synopsis

Monica waits in the Anti-Venereal Medical Service of the Zona Galactica, the legal, state-run brothel where she works in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico. Surrounded by other sex workers, she clutches the Sanitary Control Card that deems her registered with the city, disease-free, and able to work. On the other side of the world, Min stands singing karaoke with one of her regular clients, warily eyeing the door lest a raid by the anti-trafficking Public Security Bureau disrupt their evening by placing one or both of them in jail. Whether in Mexico or China, sex work-related public policy varies considerably from one community to the next. A range of policies dictate what is permissible, many of them intending to keep sex workers themselves healthy and free from harm. Yet often, policies with particular goals end up having completely different consequences. Policing Pleasure examines cross-cultural public policies related to sex work, bringing together original ethnographic studies from around the worldofrom South Africa and Kenya to Mexico and Indiaoto offer a nuanced critique of national and municipal approaches to regulating sex work.Contributors offer new theoretical and methodological perspectives that move beyond already well-established debates between abolitionists and sex workers' rights advocates to document both the intention of public policies on sex work and their actual impact upon those who sell sex, those who buy sex and public health more generally.
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