Sex work and migration: The dangers of oversimplification: A case study of Vietnamese women in Cambodia

Joanna Busza, “Sex work and migration: The dangers of oversimplification: A case study of Vietnamese women in Cambodia”. Health and Human Rights 7:2 (2004) 231.

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“The case study of migrant Vietnamese sex workers in Cambodia presented here demonstrates how local interpretations of protection from trafficking and debt bondage can contribute to abuses of sex workers’ human rights and exacerbate their vulnerability to HIV and other adverse sexual health outcomes. Using qualitative data, it examines the women’s trajectories into sex work as well as their own perceptions of work conditions and related risks. The data suggest that responses focused on merely blocking trafficking neither address the concerns voiced by sex-worker communities nor meet their needs but rather exacerbate the inherent difficulties of working as illegal immigrants in a criminalized occupation.”

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