Children in the Global Sex Trade
March 2005, Polity
This thought-provoking book will be of interest to general readers, and to students taking a range of courses, such as gender studies and childhood studies, and courses on sexuality and globalisation.
1. Beyond Contract? Dualist Legacies, Late-Modern Anxieties and the Sanctity of the Child.
Modernity, Contract and the Public/Private Binary.
The Pursuit of Equality and Late-Modern Anxieties.
The Sanctity of the Child.
The Impossibility of Children in the Sex Trade.
2. Prostitutes, Children, and Slaves.
The Anomaly of Prostitution.
International Debates on Prostitution: Division and Consensus.
The Child as Object.
The Variability of Prostitution.
Slavery and Freedom.
Unfree Prostitution in Context.
3. On Child Prostitutes as Objects, Victims and Subjects.
Factoring in Other Forms of Oppression.
Children as Agents.
Boundary Troubles Revisited.
Victims of Childhood?.
4. Child Migration and 'Trafficking'.
What is 'Trafficking'?.
The Politics of 'Trafficking': Part 1.
The Politics of 'Trafficking': Part 2.
Voluntary/Forced and Adult/Child Dualisms Revisited.
Continuums and Impermanence in Prostitution.
Between Grief and Nothing.
5. 'Paedophilia', Pornography and Prostitution.
Paedophilia and Sexual Politics.
The Child, the Paedophile, and Subject-Object Troubles.
Consuming Desire: the Case of Child Pornography.
Paedophilia and Commercially Produced Pornography.
Paedophiles and Prostitution.
6. Children in Mainstream Prostitution: the Problem of Demand.
Who Buys Sex?.
Why Consume Commercial Sexual Services?.
Demand for Embodied Labour.
7. Child Sex Tourism.
'Paedophiles who Travel Abroad' and Campaigns Against Them.
Blurring the Boundary.
Travel, Sex and Inequality.
The Scene and the Obscene.
Saying 'No to Child Sex Tourism!'.
8. Beyond Binaries.
Re-imagining the Subject and the Social Bond.
- Powerful account of the many and varied ways in which children become involved in the sex trade, and the global political and economic inequalities that underpin children's involvement.
- Skilfully tackles difficult questions about phenomena such as child prostitution, child pornography, and sex trafficking.
- The book represents an original and compelling contribution to a complex subject by a leading author.
- Likely to attract interest inside and outside academia, and have strong appeal to scholars and upper-undergraduate students taking courses in the sociology of childhood, sexuality, gender studies, globalisation, social work and social policy.
Allison James, University of Sheffield
"This is a brave and powerful book, sizzling with brilliant insights and analysis. Avoiding easy moral and criticisms and challenging feminist views that rigidly separate children and adults, sex and work, O'Connell Davidson offers an original re-examination of the empirical, political and moral meaning of a global sex trade industry. Children in the Global Sex Trade is a must-read for scholars, activists, sex workers and policy-makers."
Steven Seidman, State University of New York at Albany