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Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 48, Issue 7, pp 1941–1946 | Cite as

Sex Work and the Problem of Inequality: A Pacific Perspective

  • Karen McMillanEmail author
  • Heather Worth
Commentary

This Commentary on Benoit, Smith, Jansson, Healey, and Magnuson’s (2018) Target Article refers to data we have collected over the last decade on sex work1 in the Pacific (McMillan, 2013; McMillan, Hansen, & Worth, 2015; McMillan & Worth, 2010a, b, 2011a, b): data that provide a description of various local conditions and practices of sex work, and also how they are shaped by global forces of economic development. Our research has been predominantly ethnographic, and as such is open to charges of sampling bias. However, given the relatively small total numbers involved in sex work in small island nations, the embedded nature of the research over extended periods and repeated visits, long-term relationships, and ongoing engagement with sex worker communities, we are confident that our overviews of those forms and conditions of sex work are reliable. In addition, the findings of a survey of sex workers in Fiji (Mossman, Roguski, Ravidi, & Devi, 2014) that did employ a respondent-driven...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Global Health, School of Public Health and Community MedicineUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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