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Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade

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For too long the global sex industry and its vested interests have dominated the prostitution debate repeating the same old line that sex work is just like any job. In large sections of the media, academia, public policy, Government and the law, the sex industry has had its way. Little is said of the damage, violation, suffering, and torment of prostitution on the body and ...more
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Published 2017 by Spinifex Press
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Alicia Fox
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Each chapter is a memoir of a woman's history working in the sex trade. The general idea is that things ranging from emotional trauma to rape to poverty lure women into prostitution. As prostitutes, they must pretend to enjoy having sex with the most undesirable men. Since most of these men don't have real-life relationships (and those who are in relationships frequent prostitutes in search of things their wives and girlfriends won't do), prostitutes are compelled to perform sex acts they'd rath ...more
Bec Mcardle
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This brings firsthand experiences of prostitution survivors together with compelling reasons for bringing the Nordic model to Australia. It is an eye opening account of the abuse that young girls and women endure and the festering wound in society that perpetuates inequality and disrespect. Prostitution is not a 'job'.
Kimberly
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hard hitting and powerful stories about women who have been subject to such pain and exploitation. Exposing the myths behind "sex work is work"
Ryry
Mar 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
I wish to support all women in being able to share their experiences and for all of us to be able to have support and be understood and not be isolated, shamed, stigmatised or denied freedom of movement and for all of us to have our bodily autonomy respected and for all of us to live in a world where violence and injustice stop being inflicted on people . And so i read this book hoping to understand the experiences of those who had contributed and to understand what people were potentially learn ...more
Noelani
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I consider myself to be "progressive" about the sex work industry and it was a good reality check for me to read the stories of women who are willing to speak truthfully about it. The majority of these women turned to prostitution because it was the only viable option for them at the time. It's important to realize that, though some find sex work empowering, their experiences do not negate the overwhelming violence and abuse that characterize the industry.
Jennifer Potter
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The personal stories of 20 different women who survived the sex trade. Although all from different countries, backgrounds and perspectives- this book reads as if it is just ONE story. Good to finally hear firsthand from women who were not all trafficked, just how violent the industry is, dispelling many perpetual myths and building a very solid case for why the purchase of sex should NEVER be legalized!
Redpoet
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a horrible book. It has to be. I used to support legalizing prostitution and was convinced somehow that it was legitimate work. That changed a while ago. I support the. Nordic Model. This book, which are simply short true stories written by survivors of the so called sex industry about their lives helps to demolish the myths propagated by the pro-sex industry” lobby.
Sarah
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As bad as you think prostitution is...it’s worse

This book was very eye opening for me, I was pro prostitution, thought it was a harmless thing but I was so very wrong.

These first hand accounts from survivors are horrific, gut wrenching and terrifying.
Natalie
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A difficult read but it tells an important story. It's changed my thinking and I'll be processing this book for a long, long time.
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