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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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Ezgi Güler: Trans Sex Workers’ Collective Struggle in Urban Turkey

focaal_admin , July 27th, 2020

Facing family rejection and domestic violence, many transgender (trans) people leave their hometowns especially for large cities in search for greater acceptance and opportunities (Engin 2018). Due t…


PrEP in Thailand in the time of COVID-19

Timothy Quinn , June 30th, 2020

In 2012, the first PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) drugs came onto the market, poised to revolutionize the field of HIV prevention. ‘The Pill’ promised to usher in a kind…


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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Brokered Subjects: Sex, Trafficking, and the Politics of Freedom #Interview

Elizabeth Bernstein , September 16th, 2019

The topic of sex trafficking captured the imagination of the public for already a few decades. Despite the definition of trafficking being rather blurry, fighting against trafficking is frequently…


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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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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A Feeling for Robotic Skin

Mitali Thakor , November 1st, 2018

Ethnographic explorations with sex dolls, robots, and their makers “I hate it when her eyes flick open. This one, her eyeballs sometimes go in different directions and it…


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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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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