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Dennis Altman

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226016061

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226016047.001.0001

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The New Commercialization of Sex: From Forced Prostitution to Cybersex

The New Commercialization of Sex: From Forced Prostitution to Cybersex

(p.106) Seven The New Commercialization of Sex: From Forced Prostitution to Cybersex
Global Sex
University of Chicago Press

This chapter is concerned with the dynamics of the commercialization of sex itself, and how this reflects the larger sociopolitical order. Prostitution is only the most dramatic aspect of a sex industry, which is increasingly interrelated with the global economy. In part, this is associated with the huge increase in tourism, but often young women are recruited into sex work through migration, often under conditions that are virtual enslavement. Prostitution is hardly new, and it is difficult to distinguish between an actual increase in commercial sex and an increasing openness in acknowledging it. Indeed it is possible that there is far less commercial sex in many parts of the rich world now than a century ago, though this has probably been more than compensated for by increases in other parts of the world.

Keywords:   commercial sex, prostitution, cybersex, social order, global economy, enslavement

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