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Paperback Travels in the Skin Trade: Tourism and the Sex Industry Book

ISBN: 0745311164

ISBN13: 9780745311166

Travels in the Skin Trade: Tourism and the Sex Industry

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Press coverage of the sex trade in Thailand routinely consists of moralizing and sensationalist denunciations of this infamous industry. Through the words of sex workers, performers, and all those who provide services within the sex industry - and their clients - this book poses some controversial questions: who are the real beggars - those who sell their bodies for derisory amounts of money, or those who travel halfway around the world for the sake...

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A thoughtful and sensitive overview

Travels in the Skin Trade is a sensitively written introduction to prostitutes in Thailand and the foreign customers who frequent them. Through numerous interviews with sex tourists, Jeremy Seabrook reveals what makes Thai prostitutes so appealing compared to their Western counterparts. Chapters are devoted to the economic, historical, and social conditions that led to the rise of the sex industry in Thailand, but most compelling are the sections which allow the reader to meet people and organizations working towards making better lives for working women, and stopping the abuse of children. The second edition of this book was published in 2001 so some material is somewhat dated. On the other hand, it is telling that the problems and working conditions for the women have remained so much the same.

Nothing Could Have Prepared Me... But This Came Close

I read this book, along with 'Hello My Big, Big Honney!', before doing firsthand research on Bangkok's sex tourism industry. Both these books were informative read in their own right, but they were invaluable as guides to understanding my subject. If you plan on checking out Patpong or Soi Cowboy, this book will tell you what to expect.

Excellent book

This is an excellent book and as real as it gets. Highly recommended. I have read the book several times. It really helps you understand why so many predatory low lives wind up in Thailand chasing prostitutes. It really is very interesting.

this book is good

this book is very informative and blows the lid off the illusion of paradise that thailand is perceived by many to be. the real truth of the relationships between the prostitutes and the "farangs" is exposed in detail. if you want to know why men seek out these prostitutes, how long the relationships last, why the prostitutes treat the johns as they do, and if you want to understand the miscommunication and false feelings that go on between john and prostitute, this is the book to read. the harsh reality of thailand is exposed.

A sensitive, revealing look at the seamier side of tourism

Studs Terkel-style, Seabrook presents interviews, recorded and transcribed, with both sex workers and their mostly male clients in Bangkok, Thailand. This powerful volume peruses the commodification of sexuality, the sex trade, through the eyes and voices of the men who tramp the sex markets--the bars and brothels--and the women, men and children who service them. Also, addressed are a variety of related topics, including the global economy and developing countries, sociocultural costs of economic development, organized sex tours and agencies, human rights, children's rights, and HIV / AIDS. A highly readable travelogue, recommended for tourists, travel agents, and anyone interested in this controversial and sordid subject.
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