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Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade


Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade

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    Available in PDF Format | Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade.pdf | English
    Melinda Tankard Reist(Author) Caroline Norma(Author)
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 bodies and minds of mostly women and children, nor of the deaths, suicides and murders that are routine in the sex industry. This book refutes the lies and debunks the myths spread by the industry through the lived experiences of women who have survived prostitution.These disturbing stories give voice to formerly prostituted women who explain why they entered the sex trade. They bravely and courageously recount their intimate experiences of harm and humiliation at the hands of sex buyers, pimps and traffickers and reveal their escape and emergence as survivors. Edited by Caroline Norma and Melinda Tankard Reist, the book documents the reality of prostitution revealing the cost to the lives of women and girls. This book will strengthen and support the global campaign to abolish prostitution, provide solidarity and solace to those who bear its scars, and hopefully help women and girls exit this dehumanising industry.

Caroline Norma PhD is a lecturer in the School of Global Studies. Social Science and PLanning at RMIT University and a member of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Australia (CATWA). Melinda Tankard Reist is a journalist, speaker, blogger, media commentator and activist against violence against women, objectification of women and sexualization of girls.

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