Laura Agustín in New York, March 10
Come hear the excellent Laura Agustín in New York. And if you haven’t already, check out my interview with her here.
Trafficking, migration and the sex industry: Framing the questions, providing the proofs
Lecture by Laura Agustín, author of Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry
Weiss Building Room 305
York avenue at 66th Street
New York NY 10065
Enter the campus at 66th Street.
This lecture is part of the Pugwash series of conferences examining the relationship between science and society, to ensure that research benefits humanity.
Wednesday 10 March 2010
6:45 pm (refreshments) – 9 pm
Lecture begins 7 pm, Questions 8 pm
Subway: Lexington Avenue Local #6 to 68th Street/Lexington Avenue Station; walk east
Buses: M31 (York Avenue/57th St crosstown) and M66 (68th St crosstown
About the speaker Laura Agustín studies cultural, sexual and postcolonial issues linking commercial sex, migration, informal economies and feminist theory. Her research amongst migrants and social helpers challenges several contemporary myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work; that migrants who sell sex are always passive victims; and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest.
Agustín argues that the label ‘trafficked’ does not describe migrants’ lives and that a Rescue Industry disempowers them. Frequently, says Agustín, migrants prefer to work in the sex industry to their other options, and, despite being treated like a marginalised group, they form part of a dynamic global economy. Her blog Border Thinking on Migration, Trafficking and Commercial Sex is visited by 1500 people daily.