Invisible Trade is a expose of, as the subtitle says, High-class sex for sale in Singapore. While it is no surprise that such things go on even in squeaky-clean Singapore, what makes Invisible Trade stand out it could actually have been written-and published-at all in the city-state. Although it is positioned as a matter-of-fact descriptive study, there are more than enough explicit details to give a potential protector of public morals the shakes. Lim's journalist style is to affect the present tense-the subject shudders, remembers, says, exclaims, grunts-creating a sense of immediacy and, indeed, intimacy while providing his subjects with a sort of timelessness that they probably don't achieve in reality.
Gerrie Lim holds an MA in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California and has written for Billboard, Details, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Playboy, Penthouse, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The South China Morning Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Asian Wall Street Journal. He spends his time in both Los Angeles and Singapore.