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Children and the Global Sex Trade


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This compelling new book explores the complexities of the global child sex industry, but without falling into cliché and melodrama. Julia O'Connell Davidson draws attention to the multitude of ways in which children become implicated in the sex trade, and the devastating global political and economic inequalities that underpin their involvement. She sensitively unpicks the relationship between different aspects of the sexual exploitation of children, including trafficking, prostitution and pornography, at the same time challenging popular conceptions of childhood and sexuality.

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.

About the Author

Julia O’Connell Davidson isProfessor of Sociology at the University of Nottingham

Table of Contents



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.

Connections Imperilled.

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.

Poverty Plus?.

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.

'Trafficking' Defined?.

Voluntary/Forced and Adult/Child Dualisms Revisited.

Continuums and Impermanence in Prostitution.

Global Subjects.

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.

Beyond Paedophilia.

6. Children in Mainstream Prostitution: the Problem of Demand.

Who Buys Sex?.

Why Consume Commercial Sexual Services?.

Choosing Children.

Demand for Embodied Labour.

Policy Implications.

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.

Redemption Songs.

Re-imagining the Subject and the Social Bond.




Product Details

Davidson, Julia O'connell
Davidson, Julia O'Connell
Davidson, Oconnell
O'Connell Davidson, Julia
Human Sexuality
Child sexual abuse
Child prostitution
Abuse - Child Abuse
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Psychology : General
Sociology of Children
Sociology of the Family
Publication Date:
March 2005
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
9.04x5.96x.59 in. .63 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Politics » General
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History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family

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