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.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; October 1999
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- Title: Sun, Sex, and Gold
- Author: Kamala Kempadoo (ed.); Jessica Tomiko Anders (contrib.); Christel Antonius-Smits (contrib.); Amalia L. Cabezas (contrib.); Shirley Campbell (contrib.); Julia O'Connell Davidson (contrib.); Nadine Fernandez (contrib.); Ranya Ghuma (contrib.); Jacqueline Martis (contrib.); Laura Mayorga (contrib.); Cynthia Mellon (contrib.); Patricia Mohammed (contrib.); Beverley Mullings (contrib.); Althea Perkins (contrib.); Joan Phillips (contrib.); A Kathleen Ragsdale (contrib.); Jacqueline Sanchez Taylor (contrib.); Pilar Velasquez (contrib.)
Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
In The Press
An intriguing and insightful contribution to international and Caribbean feminist scholarship and political economy. Sun, Sex, and Gold goes to the root of some of the most fundamental and highly complex intersections of international capitalism and sexual intimacy and identity. . . . A major contribution toward understanding ourselves as gendered and sexual beings in the context of our colonial and post(neo)-colonial reality.
About The Author
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.