on 6 June 2015
Some strong chapters, others very weak. Interesting reflections on gendered labour, the relationships between the global north and south, and global trends in migration. Brennan's chapter is useful, nuanced and rooted in the stories and experiences of migrant women. Bale's chapter 'Because she looks like a child' is very poor, and it's not clear why the editors elected to include it. Besides the troubling and ethically-dubious 'pity-porn' sensibility and Bale's failure to engage with the existing literature or recent publications from the WHO and UNAIDS that detail evidence-based recommendations to improve working conditions in the sex trade, the chapter is discredited by unfounded assertions such as: "There are many sexually transmitted diseases, and prostitutes contract most of these." Bale also seems to lack basic scientific knowledge regarding the safety of continuously administered oral contraceptives, and makes a number of sweeping statements that betray a lack of rigour and notable gaps in his knowledge.
on 11 July 2012
excellent book. has opened my eyes to what is happening in the world after travelling to dubai, vietnam and thailand. gives good information and an eye into male control of women in the world and control of girls. showed different male cultures in different countries and abuse of women - wondering where to go from here myself now. what can we do and the west. people do not know what is happening around the world and in our own countries in the west. we all need to wake up .........and do something about this. globilisation and profits made out of people is horrific especially women. excellen book, researched and informative. have you read Louise Waughs book 'Selling Olga' Can you sleep at night? - I cant. The world and men seem to think this is all normal - sexual abuse, slavery, abuse of migrant labour purely to get rich....