Where sex is work: the global migration-sex work nexus

November 17, 2023 | 2:00PM - 7:00PM
Online & in-person
Global Migration Lab, Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CERES), Europe & Eurasia

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This event took place in-person at Room 208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7
This workshop had two goals. First, from a sex-work-positive perspective, it explored sex work (straight and LGBTQ+ [including Kathoey]) as work. What motivates sex workers to join the sector? How do conditions vary by legal status (criminalized, de-criminalized, regulated)? How do experiences vary by class, age, and racialized status? How does sex work connect with broader regional, national and global economies? Second, the workshop examined the migration-sex work nexus. What is the relationship between migration and sex work? What particular challenges are faced by migrant sex workers (and how do they vary by age, class, racialized status)? What role does state-generated irregularization play in sex work?
Rhacel Parreñas, Florence Everline Professor of Sociology and Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Southern California and Visiting Professor, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Sociology, Princeton University will deliver the keynote speech titled 'Sexual Labour and Capital.'
This workshop was funded by the DAAD with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office (AA).
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Co-Sponsor: Global Migration Lab Co-Sponsor: Harney Programme in Ethnic, Immigration & Pluralism Studies Co-Sponsor: Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies Co-Sponsor: Joint Initiative for German and European Studies Co-Sponsor: CRC in Global Migration, Department of Political Science
Global Migration Lab, Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CERES), Europe & Eurasia
Tanyaa Mehta


Nicola Mai

Leicester University

Rhacel Parreñas

Princeton University

Rachel Silvey

Department of Geography and Director, the Asian Institute, the Munk School

Randall Hansen

CRC in Global Migration and Director, the Global Migration Lab

Tunay Altay

Humboldt University, Berlin

Ursula Probst

Freie Universität, Berlin