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Author: Akosua Adomako Ampofo

Title: The Sex Trade, Globalisation and Issues of Survival in Sub-Saharan Africa

Subtitle: -

Journal: Research Review (New Series)

Volume: 17

Issue: 2

Year: 2001

Pages: 27-43

ISSN: 0855-4412 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | African History | Types: Sex Trafficking


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Author: Akosua Adomako Ampofo, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana

Abstract: »The author examines the phenomenon of the 'commodification' of sex as it applies, generally, to sub-Saharan Africa. First, she provides a brief conceptualization of the demand for, and supply of commercial sex. Then she discusses the commodification of sex, presenting references to some historical incidences among women refered to as 'conscripted public servants'. Next, she analyses the diversity of contemporary forms of sexual exchange - including the different categories of prostitutes, male sex workers, pimps and brokers, the traffic in women and children, and 'Internet sex'. She argues that sex has become a major global product and the sale of sex a multibillion dollar industry which feeds on the poverty and vulnerability of African women and children for its sustenance. In conclusion, the author suggests some implications of the political economy of commodified sex work for the survival of people living in sub-Saharan Africa, with special reference to the spread of HIV/AIDS and the care of people living with HIV/AIDS.« (Source: AfricaBib)


  Introduction (p. 27)
  The Sexual Market (p. 28)
    Demand for Sex (p. 29)
    Supply of Sex (p. 29)
  An Historical Perspective On Commodified Sex (p. 30)
  Workers In The Sex Industry: Contemporary Africa (p. 31)
    The Female Sex Worker (p. 32)
    The Male Sex Worker (p. 33)
    Pimps and Brokers and Other Dealers (p. 34)
  The Traffic in Women and Children and Globalising the Sex Trade (p. 34)
    Internet Sex (p. 36)
  Implications For Survival And Care (p. 37)
  References (p. 38)
  Appendix 1 (p. 40)
  Notes (p. 42)