Prostitution, Sex Work, and Violence: Lessons From the Cambodian Context
Studies in Gender and Sexuality
This article highlights notable contributions of 4 studies on sex work in Cambodia. By addressing different issues and varieties of sex work, they demonstrate how sex work is shaped by global and regional sociocultural contexts. The studies collectively provide an opportunity to draw larger lessons about prostitution and sex work, suggesting that prostitution and sex work (a) include a wide range of activities; (b) are associated with violence against women; (c) operate under a continuum of consent, ranging from more consensual to highly nonconsensual; (d) are frequently described using highly charged language that may obscure empirical realities; (e) are forms of work but not necessarily work that should be legitimized; (f) attract customers for a wide range of reasons; and (g) are a product of contemporary social contexts rather than inevitabilities. The 4 studies provide a tremendous resource for breaking down some of the oversimplifications present in popular and academic discourse on prostitution and sex work.
Sex work (Prostitution)
Citation: Pilot Scholars Version (Modified MLA Style)
Monto, Martin A., "Prostitution, Sex Work, and Violence: Lessons From the Cambodian Context" (2014). Sociology and Social Work Faculty Publications and Presentations. Paper 8.
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