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Le sexe en tant que travail et le travail du sexe (Sex as work and sex work)

laura agustin , February 1st, 2021


Le sexe en tant que travail et le travail du sexe Ouvrage, traduction par Etienne Simard Une version anglaise de ce texte a été publiée dans Jacobin Magazine…


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Christmas in the Brothel

laura agustin , December 24th, 2020


Christmas in the Brothel Edvard Munch, 1905 The post Christmas in the Brothel appeared first on The Naked Anthropologist.


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Snake Oil: A Memoir on the Rise of ‘Trafficking’

laura agustin , December 14th, 2020


­When future historians try to understand what ‘trafficking’ meant in the first 20 years of the 21st century, I hope this memoir gives them pause. Recording how my…


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Sex workers working with police: Sue Davis, Vancouver BC

laura agustin , December 11th, 2020


We hear most about the big moments in sex workers’ rights movements – court decisions, parliamentary reports, conferences, public protests. But many groups engage in negotiations behind th…


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Sexworkers’ long history as political experts, English translation: Thierry Schaffauser

laura agustin , November 12th, 2020


I’ve translated Thierry’s reflections published the other day as faithfully to his tone as I could and checked with him, so here’s the piece with the same title,…


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Sexworkers’ long history as political experts: Thierry Schaffauser

laura agustin , November 9th, 2020


The other day Thierry Schaffauser posted some reflections on facebook on the history of sexworkers as thinkers and leaders in activism for social change. Objecting to the exclusion…


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Naked Anthropologist News: Bloody Brexit, Feb 2020

laura agustin , February 17th, 2020


  News from the many worlds of sex work, provided to Radio Ava in London, February 2020 by me, the Naked Anthropologist, Laura Agustín. The Naked Anthropologist celebrates…


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Naked Anthropologist News for Radio Ava: Jan 2020

laura agustin , January 12th, 2020


Since last spring I’ve been providing Naked Anthropologist News to Radio Ava, a sexworker project in London. Something between tweeting and blogging, these news-bits are meant to be…


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Christmas in the unexciting brothel

laura agustin , December 23rd, 2019


Edvard Munch painted Christmas in the Brothel in 1905, and every year I feel the same fondness for it. I don’t pay much attention to the ceremonies of…


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What is Decrim? The many places of prostitution in law

laura agustin , February 28th, 2019


Recently the short form decrim has appeared in the name of several groups campaigning for decriminalisation of prostitution: the removal of criminal penalties for selling and buying sex….


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Sexbuyer laws: War on clients, says Israeli MP

laura agustin , January 8th, 2019


Sexbuyer laws now exist in eight countries at the national level: Israel, France, Canada, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden. I use the term sexbuyer laws because in…


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Migrant sex worker: a term that has arrived

laura agustin , December 18th, 2018


I wouldn’t have been surprised if the term migrant sex worker had died out except amongst rights-activists, given the hegemony enjoyed by reductionist trafficking narratives. When I was…


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Migrant Caravan in Tijuana: Report from a volunteer lawyer

laura agustin , December 4th, 2018


Tijuana is a city in the north of the state of Baja California in Mexico, close to the San Isidro Land Port of Entry, where wikipedia says 20,000…


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Sex workers may unionise – but can prostitutes? The case of Sindicato OTRAS

laura agustin , November 26th, 2018


Last week a Madrid tribunal declared that sex workers can unionise but prostitutes can’t – or that’s what it comes down to. Sindicato OTRAS was granted conventional union…


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Migrant sex worker in a Thai brothel: Le Carré’s The Secret Pilgrim

laura agustin , October 25th, 2018


I collect well-styled and informative descriptions of sex-industry settings in novels, here John le Carré’s 1990 The Secret Pilgrim. Fiction can transmit far more of the atmosphere and…


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Highways as sexwork-places, with chairs

laura agustin , July 17th, 2018


When the topic is selling sex outdoors, mainstream media stick to the same photos over and over. Generally now posed, the shots show young female bodies chopped off…


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Back to Barcelona: Migration and Sex Work

laura agustin , May 17th, 2018


In the late 90s I created an email listserv called Industria del Sexo for migrants and sex workers to discuss issues in any Romance language (excluding English was…


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Grid girls and the Presidents Club: Women and sexist jobs

laura agustin , April 12th, 2018


In 1995, my friend’s 17-year-old daughter Ermina was looking for work in Santiago, Chile. The obvious job available to her was posing in a short skirt beside cars…


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Victimisation of Mary Prince: Early Rescue-Industry history

laura agustin , April 2nd, 2018


I’m always on the lookout for guided walks where I’ll be shown sites and hear histories not in the Establishment’s textbooks. Black History Walks showed me this plaque located in…


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Report from Macedonia: Balkan Noir

laura agustin , March 13th, 2018


Last December I was in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, on the occasion of International Day To End Violence against Sex Workers. This is what the sex workers’…


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Strike4Decrim on Women’s ‘Day’ Soho 8 March 2018

laura agustin , March 12th, 2018


I was glad to be able to participate in the Strike4Decrim events on the evening of 8 March – International Women’s Day. In general I’m no fan of…


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Sex at the Margins: Beyond Binaries in Trafficking & Sex Work

laura agustin , December 29th, 2017


I’ve been invited to speak at the Human Trafficking Center of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, Colorado. The talk is called…


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The New Abolitionist Model

laura agustin , December 20th, 2017


The New Abolitionist Model By Laura Agustín, was published in Jacobin Magazine 6 December 2017. I wrote this after reading Julie Bindel’s new book but my thoughts are…


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International Day To End Violence against Sex Workers

laura agustin , December 13th, 2017


On the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers, 17 December, I’ll be in Skopje, Macedonia, invited to speak and march by the Coalition ‘Sexual and Health…


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