Tag: Rescue Industry

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Interviews by Johnny Lemuria and Maggie McNeill

laura agustin , May 2nd, 2017


Two bloggers have interviewed me on the occasion of publishing a new book. First I’ll show you Maggie McNeill’s, because it’s written; after that I’ll give the link…


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Exchange on an anti-trafficking hotline

laura agustin , December 17th, 2016


High Hopes for refuge for human trafficking survivors seemed like just another story about small Rescue-Industry projects getting big funding and providing founders with lots of good feelings…


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Trafficking: The globalisation of weak thinking and dumb language

laura agustin , November 2nd, 2015


What isn’t on this list of signs of human trafficking? Has there ever been a vaguer term than abuse of vulnerability? It could describe being a parent or…


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End Demand: the B movie

laura agustin , September 1st, 2015


It has all the earmarks of a tearjerker. The billboard erected in Phoenix, Arizona, by anti-prostitutionists looks like artwork for a 1940s paperback cover or poster for a…


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Is Sex at the Margins (going to be) a classic?

laura agustin , January 12th, 2015


I nearly didn’t bother to publish Sex at the Margins. In 1998 Zed Books wanted to publish a thesis I’d written for a Master’s degree in Education, but…


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Becoming aware of Awareness-Raising as anti-trafficking tactic

laura agustin , January 7th, 2015


My Google Alerts are now full of nonsensical items on behalf of a Trafficking Awareness Month in the USA. I first discovered Awareness Raising when I began to…


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