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Sun, Sex, and Gold : Tourism and Sex Work in the Caribbean - Kamala Kempadoo

Sun, Sex, and Gold

Tourism and Sex Work in the Caribbean

By: Kamala Kempadoo (Editor)

Paperback Published: 28th November 1999
ISBN: 9780847695171
Number Of Pages: 368

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With tourism accounting for approximately thirty percent of the Caribbean's GDP and twenty-four percent of employment, a link between the sex trade and the tourism industry has gained recent attention. Shifts in global production, an increase of disposable income for pleasure and recreation, and a desire by North Americans and Europeans for an experience of 'exotic' cultures, are often claimed to be the cause. This volume explores the connections between the global economy and sex work, focusing on the experiences and views of women, men, and children who sell sex. Apart from attention to sex tourism in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, and Jamaica, the book also examines sex work in the gold mining industry in the hinterlands of Suriname and Guyana, and in the entertainment sector in Belize and the Dutch Antilles. It presents new insights into the Caribbean sex trade and provides proposals and strategies for addressing the situation in the twenty-first century.

A pathbreaking critical examination of sex tourism in the Caribbean . . . casts the Caribbean sex trade within global contexts of inequality and power that reveals as much about our own desires and distorted concepts of gender, sexuality, and race as about the sex workers themselves.--Helen Safa, professor emerita of anthropology and Latin American studies at the University of Florida

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Mapp. ix
Introduction
Continuities and Change: Five Centuries of Prostitution in the Caribbeanp. 3
Tourism, Globalization, and "The Exotic"
Fantasy Islands: Exploring the Demand for Sex Tourismp. 37
Globalization, Tourism, and the International Sex Tradep. 55
Back to the Future? Women, Race, and Tourism in Cubap. 81
The Hustle and Struggle Sector
Women's Work Is Never Done: Sex Tourism in Sosua, the Dominican Republicp. 93
"Come to Jamaica and Feel All Right": Tourism and the Sex Tradep. 125
Bleak Pasts, Bleak Futures: Life Paths of Thirteen Young Prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombiap. 157
Tourist-Oriented Prostitution in Barbados: The Case of the Beach Boy and the White Female Touristp. 183
Tourism and the Sex Trade in St. Maarten and Curacao, the Netherlands Antillesp. 201
The Muchachas of Orange Walk Town, Belizep. 217
Gold and Commercial Sex: Exploring the Link between Small-scale Gold Mining and Commercial Sex in the Rainforest of Surinamep. 237
Strategies for the Twenty-first Century
"Givin' Lil' Bit fuh Lil' Bit": Women and Sex Work in Guyanap. 263
For the Children: Trends in International Policies and Law on Sex Tourismp. 291
A Human Rights Perspective on the Sex Trade in the Caribbean and Beyondp. 309
Bibliographyp. 323
Indexp. 345
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 355
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ISBN: 9780847695171
ISBN-10: 0847695174
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 28th November 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 14.88  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.47