Monday, February 22, 2010

Wed, 3/10: Trafficking, Migration & the Sex Industry: Framing the Questions, Providing the Proofs

Organization:
Rockefeller University


Description:
Trafficking, Migration and the Sex Industry: Framing the Questions, Providing the Proofs
Lecture by Laura Agustin, author of Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry (2007). This lecture is part of the Pugwash series of conferences examining the relationship between science and society, to ensure that research benefits humanity.

Date:
Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Time:
6:45pm - 9pm (Refreshments will be served.)
Lecture begins at 7pm, followed by questions at 8pm.

Location:
Rockefeller University, Weiss Building Room 305, York Ave. @ 66th Street, New York NY 10065. Enter the campus at 66th Street.

Subway: Lexington Avenue Local #6 to 68th Street / Lexington Avenue
Station; walk east.

Buses: M31 (York Avenue / 57th Street crosstown) and M66 (68th Street crosstown)

Contact: pugwash@rockefeller.edu

About the Speaker:
Laura Agustin is author of Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry (Zed Books 2007).

Laura Agustin studies cultural, sexual and postcolonial issues linking commercial sex, migration, informal economies and feminist theory. Her research amongst migrants and social helpers challenges several contemporary myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work; that migrants who sell sex are always passive victims; and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest.

Agustin argues that the label 'trafficked' does not describe migrants' lives and that a Rescue Industry disempowers them. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants prefer to work in the sex industry to their other options, and, despite being treated like a marginalised group, they form part of a dynamic global economy. Her blog Border Thinking on Migration, Trafficking and Commercial Sex is visited by 1,500 people daily:
http://www.nodo50.org/Laura_Agustin

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