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Policing Pleasure: Sex Work, Policy, and the State in Global Perspective

Susan Dewey and Patty Kelly


Mónica waits in the Anti-Venereal Medical Service of the Zona Galactica, the legal, state-run brothel where she works in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico. Surrounded by other sex workers, she clutches the Sanitary Control Cards that deem her registered with the city, disease-free, and able to work. On the other side of the world, Min stands singing karaoke with one of her regular clients, warily eyeing the door lest a raid by the anti-trafficking Public Security Bureau disrupt their evening by placing one or both of them in jail. Whether in Mexico or China, sex work-related public policy varies consid ... More

Keywords: sex workers, public policy, sex work, public health, China, Mexico, sex work regulation, sex work policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814785089
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814785089.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Dewey, editor

Patty Kelly, editor