The Market for Migrant Domestic and Sex Workers: Research Report

Julia O’Connell Davidson and Bridget Anderson, “The Market for Migrant Domestic and Sex Workers: Research Report” (2006) Economic and Social Research Council, Reference No. R000239794

Abstract:

The study explored attitudes towards, and experience of, the markets for migrant domestic and sex workers in the UK and Spain through a combination of interview and survey research. The interviews were structured around a standard set of topics, and examined respondents’ attitudes towards gender, race/ethnicity, age, and domestic work/commercial sex. It aimed to examine continuities and discontinuities between domestic work and sex work, paying particular attention to the role of the social/cultural imagination in constructing a market for migrant workers and questions about how this demand relates to broader socially tolerated attitudes towards race, gender, age and sexuality, and to make a contribution to current theorizing on gender, nationality, global interdependence, age, racial/ethnic identities and the complex intersections among these systems.

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