Sun, Sex, and Gold: Tourism and Sex Work in the Caribbean

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Kamala Kempadoo
Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 1999 - Social Science - 356 pages
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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.
  

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This was so informative for me, having no background in the way sex tourism works in general and specifically in the Caribbean. It helped me develop a more critical eye with which to examine the way people talk about and advertise the Caribbean as a destination for rich Americans. Read full review

Contents

Continuities and Change Five Centuries of Prostitution in the Caribbean
3
Fantasy Islands Exploring the Demand for Sex Tourism
37
Globalization Tourism and the International Sex Trade
55
Back to the Future? Women Race and Tourism in Cuba
81
Womens Work Is Never Done Sex Tourism in Sosua the Dominican Republic
93
Come to Jamaica and Feel All Right Tourism and the Sex Trade
125
Bleak Pasts Bleak Futures Life Paths of Thirteen Young Prostitutes in Cartagena Colombia
157
TouristOriented Prostitution in Barbados The Case of the Beach Boy and the White Female Tourist
183
The Muchachas of Orange Walk Town Belize
217
Gold and Commercial Sex Exploring the Link between Smallscale Gold Mining and Commercial Sex in the Rainforest of Suriname
237
Givin Lil Bit fuh Lil Bit Women and Sex Work in Guyana
263
For the Children Trends in International Policies and Law on Sex Tourism
291
A Human Rights Perspective on the Sex Trade in the Caribbean and Beyond
309
Bibliography
323
Index
345
About the Editor and Contributors
355

Tourism and the Sex Trade in St Maarten and Curacaothe Netherlands Antilles
201

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About the author (1999)

\Kamala Kempadoo is a sociologist and assistant professor of women's studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She directed a regional Caribbean research project on tourism and the sex trade, and is editor of Global Sex Workers: Rights, Resistance and Redefinition.

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