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Xiaojie: no sexworker identity

laura agustin , December 11th, 2017


I know many folks who relate to the idea of sex work as one of their jobs and to sexworker as one of their identities. But I have…


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If you thought Trafficking was a bad term, try Modern Slavery

laura agustin , November 22nd, 2017


As if Human Trafficking weren’t an already over-used, ambiguous, confusing term for a raft of phenomena, some influential characters want to replace the term with Modern Slavery. I…


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Sex work in fiction: Gorky Park, Moscow prostitution doesn’t exist

laura agustin , November 3rd, 2017


Militia detectives are at Kazansky Station in Komsomol Square, in Martin Cruz Smith’s novel Gorky Park. Cartier-Bresson’s 1954 photo shows the station at the left and surrounding traffic. …


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All that is trafficking is rape, and other emotional excesses

laura agustin , November 1st, 2017


A combination of titillation and outrage characterise public rhetoric about commercial sex, along with a tone of moral indignation suited to crusaders. A policeman in Cornwall has just warned…


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Migrants sell sex in flats, or are they brothels?

laura agustin , October 16th, 2017


Why does it matter where you sell sex? Although most photos attached to media stories show truncated women’s bodies standing in dark streets, the news often concerns indoors:…


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Incitement to paedophilia: It’s the zeitgeist

laura agustin , September 28th, 2017


The headline reads Spanish brothel’s “back to school” party sparks outrage in Andalusia. El Bosque is a legal club de alterne where sex workers drink, dance and chat with customers…


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Who are migrant sex workers?

laura agustin , September 22nd, 2017


You paid someone to help you leave home, travel across borders or into unknown areas of your own country. You knew you’d be selling sex but probably not…


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Nigerian migrant women as subjects: Sex work in fiction

laura agustin , July 13th, 2017


Anti-trafficking campaigners often single out Nigerian women as the worst case of what they call sex trafficking. I first wrote about this years ago and note that, despite…


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Nigerian migrant women as subjects: Sex work in fiction

laura agustin , July 13th, 2017


Anti-trafficking campaigners often single out Nigerian women as the worst case of what they call sex trafficking. I first wrote about this years ago and note that, despite…


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Paying for sex in Graham Greeneland: Sex work in fiction

laura agustin , June 19th, 2017


The other day I lightly said It’s a blokey thing to a young person who replied That’s a sexist thing to say! The next day another young person heard me use…


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Paying for sex in Graham Greeneland: Sex work in fiction

laura agustin , June 19th, 2017


The other day I lightly said It’s a blokey thing to a young person who replied That’s a sexist thing to say! The next day another young person heard me use…


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Wearing slammerkins and dreaming: Sex work in fiction

laura agustin , June 5th, 2017


In Slammerkin, Mary is a street prostitute in mid-18th-century London. Thrown out of her dismal basement home by a mother absolute in condemnation of Mary’s pregnancy at 14,…


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Wearing slammerkins and dreaming: Sex work in fiction

laura agustin , June 5th, 2017


In Slammerkin, Mary is a street prostitute in mid-18th-century London. Thrown out of her dismal basement home by a mother absolute in condemnation of Mary’s pregnancy at 14,…


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Social-Problem novels and The Three-Headed Dog

laura agustin , May 29th, 2017


I was interviewed in an old pub in Stoke Newington next to a photo-plaque memorialising Writers and Reformers.* I suppose it was by chance, but maybe not. Campaigners…


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Social-Problem novels and The Three-Headed Dog

laura agustin , May 29th, 2017


I was interviewed in an old pub in Stoke Newington next to a photo-plaque memorialising Writers and Reformers.* I suppose it was by chance, but maybe not. Campaigners…


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Worker declines rescue in Magdalen Nabb: Sex work in fiction

laura agustin , May 25th, 2017


Efforts to save migrants and sex workers also appear in ordinary fiction (by which I mean not melodramas produced by moral crusaders) and some authors have a fine-tuned…


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Worker declines rescue in Magdalen Nabb: Sex work in fiction

laura agustin , May 25th, 2017


Efforts to save migrants and sex workers also appear in ordinary fiction (by which I mean not melodramas produced by moral crusaders) and some authors have a fine-tuned…


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Ellroy’s Black Dahlia as a B-girl: Sex work in fiction

laura agustin , May 22nd, 2017


A typical paperback cover from the heyday of pulp fiction makes convention girls look carefree and glamorous. Some might have been and still be, but picking clients up…


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The girlfriend experience in Lawrence Block: Sex work in fiction

laura agustin , May 19th, 2017


Lawrence Block is a successful mainstream writer whose plotlines often include sex workers, in a normalising way (call girls, mostly). Matthew Scudder, the detective protagonist in one of Block’…


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Hustling and cruising with John Rechy: Sex work in fiction

laura agustin , May 17th, 2017


You know how it is when you are staying at someone’s house and you finish your own book and have to look around the alien shelves for something…


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James Lee Burke with French Quarter scam: Sex work in fiction

laura agustin , May 15th, 2017


In today’s shrill anti-trafficking culture any differences in forms of facilitating prostitution/ sex work are practically erased. I’m not talking about whether anything is fair or gender-…


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Women selling sex in the postwar London of Doris Lessing

laura agustin , May 11th, 2017


The Four-Gated City was published in 1969 by Doris Lessing. The passage quoted below describes a single young woman walking west on the Bayswater Road in 1950. The…


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The Rescue Industry has a song

laura agustin , May 8th, 2017


The Rescue Industry has entered the lexicon and now has its own song: Rescue Two-Step, described as ‘an anti-criminalization anthem dedicated to sex workers everywhere’. Listen and watch,…


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More 5-star reviews for The Three-Headed Dog

laura agustin , May 4th, 2017


I love the customer reviews posted on The Three-Headed Dog‘s Amazon page and wish there were a reply-function so I could talk with the writers. Take E Silheit,…


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