Globalization And The Sex Trade

From time to time I get to read some research papers from grad students mostly those that pertain to international relations.

Two years ago I did a series on women and the sex trafficking for my op-ed blog, Gulf South Free Press…….read the series here with the final part that can give one the whole series……https://gulfsouthfreepress.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/solutions-conclusion/

With that intro in the bag…..this research paper covers the effects of globalization on the sex trade…..

Siddharth Kara, among others, claims that sex trafficking is ‘one of the ugliest contemporary actualisations of global capitalism,’ and has been ‘directly produced by the harmful inequalities spread by the process of economic globalisation’ (2009, p.4; True, 2012; Jeffreys, 2008; Chang, 2016). This essay therefore understands economic globalisation in its neoliberal sense, and considers how the dominance of international financial institutions (IFIs) over this neoliberal narrative has helped construct and maintain a global capitalist system that entrenches the economic insecurity of Third World nations. The focus will be on globalisation’s contribution to the supply of sex workers. This first section will establish the link between Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPs), which facilitated the advent of neoliberal economic globalisation during the late 20thcentury, and the deterioration of borrowing countries’ economic status to HIPC (Heavily Indebted Poor Country). The feminisation of poverty thesis will then be introduced, illustrating how IFI-induced poverty pressures women fromHIPCs, who are already economically disenfranchised by patriarchal and societal norms, into migrating for domestic work. Following this, the economic vulnerability of migrating will women will be explored from the perspective of traffickers, whose procurement costs fall as they can deceive women into the industry through false job prospects. The penultimate section will demonstrate how nations indebted to IFIs have been disincentivised to create and invoke strong anti-trafficking penalties, as the taxed remittances of female migrants finance this debt. 

Collectively, these arguments seek to demonstrate how the global capitalist system has stimulated the push factors of the global sex trafficking trade, thus amplifying its profitability. Moldova and the Philippines have been referenced as case studies due to their mutual experience of SAPs, and their religious social norms which have economically subordinated women.

https://www.e-ir.info/2020/08/14/assessing-globalisations-contribution-to-the-sex-trafficking-trade/

Globalization has done great things for a few…but has been disastrous for the many.

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3 thoughts on “Globalization And The Sex Trade

  1. The global sex trade has always existed, even the Romans were well-organised at it. But modern transport systems and the Internet have taken it to an unprecedented level of efficiency.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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