Paola Monzini's new book focuses on the experiences of migrant women and girls who have very little choice or control over their lives. They can be distinguished from those women who do work as prostitutes, with some autonomy, however limited. Rooting her analysis firmly within the context of neo-liberal globalization, Monzini views these women and girls as the new 'slaves' of the contemporary era. The annual worth of this global industry is now estimated to be in the region of USD7 billion, making it particularly attractive to organised crime networks. In China, traffickers can buy a girl for USD20-50 and sell her to a brothel in San Fransisco for USD3,000. This situation has resulted in increasing numbers of women forced to compete for work in conditions of extreme sexual exploitation, often being exposed to risky sexual practices, high levels of HIV, violence and murder. As in many other contexts, the laws of the marketplace are applied with extreme brutality.
Paola Monzini is a sociologist with a PhD in social and political science from the European University Institute. She has worked as a consultant for both the Direzione Investigativa Antimafia, the Italian law-enforcement agency fighting organized crime, and more recently, as a researcher in the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). Monzini's primary research interests are the social and political aspects of transnational organised crime, illegal markets and migration issues. This is her second book.
Introduction 1. The Global Sex Market 2. Female Emigration and Prostitution 3. The Mechanisms of the Trade 4. Prevention and strategies for change 5. Concluding Remarks 6. Bibliography