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Cosmopolitan Sex Workers: Women and Migration in a Global City

Christine B.N. Chin


This book introduces an innovative ‘3C’ framework of city, creativity, and cosmopolitanism to analyze why and how the forces of neoliberal economic restructuring processes, and people’s responses to them, encourage women’s migration for sex work from global city to global city. Based on original fieldwork in Kuala Lumpur (KL), the study begins by examining KL’s transformation into a global city. Despite the state’s creatively repressive responses to ‘illegal foreign prostitutes’, women from within and beyond the region find ways to enter for sex work. They travel on migratory pathways created ... More

Keywords: migrant sex worker, non-trafficked, syndicates, race-ethnicity, Kuala Lumpur, cosmopolitan, global city, migratory pathways, neoliberal, foreign prostitute

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199890910
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199890910.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christine B.N. Chin, author
School of International Service, American University