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Selling Sex OverseasChinese Women and the Realities of Prostitution and Global Sex Trafficking$
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Ko-lin Chin and James O. Finckenauer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814772577

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814772577.001.0001

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Supply and Demand

Supply and Demand

Follow the Money

(p.170) 7 Supply and Demand
Selling Sex Overseas

Ko-lin Chin

James O. Finckenauer

NYU Press

This chapter examines the economics of transnational prostitution. Specifically, it explores how much, if anything, Chinese women must pay to go overseas, how long it takes them to clear their transportation fees, how much they make from prostitution, and how they manage their money. It argues that transnational commercial sex is a business, and that the sex business is, like any other business, organized and functional in such a way that the benefits to all the participants are maximized, without certain participants having to be sacrificed or exploited. It then focuses on the customers, the sex buyers. It looks at the socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds of the men who bought sex from our subjects. It also explores the issue of abuses by clients. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the nature of buying sex.

Keywords:   Chinese women, Chinese prostitutions, transnational prostitution, commercial sex, sex buyers, economics

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