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Control creep and the multiple exclusions faced by women in low-autonomy sex industry sectors

Dewey, Susan and Crowhurst, Isabel and Tiantian, Zheng and Blanchette, Thad (2020) 'Control creep and the multiple exclusions faced by women in low-autonomy sex industry sectors.' Vibrant : Virtual Brazilian Anthropology, 17. ISSN 1809-4341

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his article unites the co-authors’ years of empirical research with women in policed, stigmatized, and low-autonomy sex industry sectors in Brazil, China, Italy, and the United States to identify six prevalent forms of exclusion: economic, intersectional, health, safety, public vilification, and policing. We analyze the distinct manifestations of these exclusionary forces in all four sites to introduce criminal creep as theoretical shorthand for the global seepage of ideological, structural, and interpersonal exclusionary forces into social life, professional practice, and socio-legal procedures that marginalize women in the sex industry as victim- criminals in need of rehabilitation. Uniting and building upon literature on feminist engagement with and critiques of citizenship, conceptual uses of “creep”, carcerality and crimmigration, and critical anti-trafficking studies, we argue that criminal creep facilitates a perfect storm of exclusion that promotes sex workers’ de facto and de jure exclusion from citizenship through a set of wide-ranging set of harms. Furthermore, we identify “control creep” as a factor limiting – even radically – the political organization of and social scientific production regarding the vulnerable populations anti-sex work and anti-trafficking laws are supposedly designed to aid.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sex Work, prostitution, anthropologies of repression
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2020 16:38
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2020 16:38

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