Selling Sex in the City offers a worldwide analysis of prostitution that takes a long historical approach which covers a time period from 1600 to the 2000s. The overviews in this volume examine sex work in more than twenty notorious “sin cities” around the world, ranging from Sydney to Singapore and from Casablanca to Chicago. Situated within a comparative framework of local developments, the book takes up themes such as labour relations, coercion, agency, gender, and living and working conditions.
Selling Sex in the City thus reveals how prostitution and societal reactions to the trade have been influenced by colonization, industrialization, urbanization, the rise of nation states, imperialism, and war, as well as by revolutions in politics, transport, and communication.
Contributors are: Pascale Absi, Dlila Amir, Deborah Bernstein, Francesca Biancani, Thaddeus Gregory Blanchette, Amalia L. Cabezas, Susan P. Conner, Satarupa Dasgupta, Mfon Umoren Ekpootu, Raelene Frances, Pamela Fuentes, Sue Gronewold, Hanan Hammad, Shawna Herzog, Philippa Hetherington, Nicole Keusch, Liat Kozma, Julia Laite, Nomi Levenkron, Mary Linehan, Maja Mechant, Fernanda Nuñez, Marion Pluskota, Cristiana Schettini, Hila Shamir, Yvonne Svanström, Isabelle Tracol-Huynh, Michela Turno, Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk, and Mark David Wyers.
Magaly Rodríguez García, Ph.D. (2008), is Lecturer of contemporary history at the KU Leuven, Belgium. She has published on the International Labour Organization, the League of Nations' campaigns against trafficking and child labour, the history and definitions of prostitution and coerced labour.
Lex Heerma van Voss, is director of the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (KNAW) and professor in the History of Social Security at Utrecht University. He has published on the international comparative history of work.
Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk, Ph.D. (2007), is a global labour and gender historian, working as Associate Professor at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. She has published on women’s and children’s work, and participated in several projects comparing the history of workers worldwide.
Table of contents
List of Illustrations
Selling Sex in World Cities, 1600s–2000s: An Introduction Magaly Rodríguez García, Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk and Lex Heerma van Voss
Part 1: Urban Overviews
Section 1: Europe
Selling Sex in Amsterdam Marion Pluskota 3
Selling Sex in a Provincial Town: Prostitution in Bruges Maja Mechant 4
Sex for Sale in Florence Michela Turno 5
A Global History of Prostitution: London Julia Laite 6
Prostitution in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia Philippa Hetherington 7
The Paradoxes and Contradictions of Prostitution in Paris Susan P. Conner 8
Prostitution in Stockholm: Continuity and Change Yvonne Svanström
Section 2: Africa and the Middle East
Prostitution in Cairo Hanan Hammad and Francesca Biancani 10
Colonial and Post-Colonial Casablanca Liat Kozma 11
Selling Sex in Istanbul Mark David Wyers 12
Sexualizing the City: Female Prostitution in Nigeria’s Urban Centres in a Historical Perspective Mfon Umoren Ekpootu 13
Sex Work and Migration: The Case of Tel Aviv and Jaffa, 1918–2010 Deborah Bernstein, Hila Shamir, Nomi Levenkron and Dlila Amir
Section 3: The Americas
A Social History of Prostitution in Buenos Aires Cristiana Schettini 15
Prostitution in the
: Chicago Mary Linehan 16
Prostitution in Havana Amalia L. Cabezas 17
Facing a Double Standard: Prostitution in Mexico City, 1521–2006 Fernanda Nuñez and Pamela Fuentes 18
The Future of an Institution from the Past: Accommodating Regulationism in Potosi (Bolivia) from the Nineteenth to Twenty-first Centuries Pascale Absi 19
Sex Work in Rio de Janeiro: Police Management without Regulation Thaddeus Blanchette and Cristiana Schettini
Section 4: Asia-Pacific
Commercial Sex Work in Calcutta: Past and Present Satarupa Dasgupta 21
Prostitution in Colonial Hanoi (1885–1954) Isabelle Tracol-Huynh 22
Prostitution in Shanghai Sue Gronewold 23
Selling Sex in Singapore: The Development, Expansion, and Policing of Prostitution in an International Entrepôt Shawna Herzog 24
Prostitution in Sydney and Perth since 1788 Raelene Frances
Part 2: Thematic Overviews
“We Use our Bodies to Work Hard, So We Need to Get Legitimate Workers’ Rights”: Labour Relations in Prostitution, 1600–2010 Marion Pluskota 26
Working and Living Conditions Raelene Frances 27
Migration and Prostitution Nicole Keusch 28
Prostitution and Colonial Relations Liat Kozma 29
Seeing Beyond Prostitution: Agency and the Organization of Sex Work Thaddeus Gregory Blanchette 30
Coercion and Voluntarism in Sex Work Mark David Wyers 31
A Gender Analysis of Global Sex Work Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk 32
The Social Profiles of Prostitutes Maja Mechant
Part 3: Conclusion
Sex Sold in World Cities, 1600s–2000s: Some Conclusions to the Project Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk, Magaly Rodríguez García and Lex Heerma van Voss
Students, and junior and senior researchers interested in the history of prostitution and the history of female labour, as well as anyone concerned with contemporary debates on sex work and human trafficking.