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Migration, Sex Work, and Stigma: An Analysis in Biographical Code

  • Ángeles Arjona Garrido
  • Juan Carlos Checa Olmos
  • Estefanía Acién González
  • Francisco Majuelos Martínez
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Abstract

In Spain, researchers estimate that 80 percent of women who practice prostitution are immigrants1 and that a significant number of them are in the country illegally, having turned to sex work as a means of subsistence (Solana 2007: 40–43). Moreover, sex work is not regulated in Spain,2 which means that sex workers are not guaranteed access to basic social services.3 Consequently, in addition to their vulnerability, the women suffer from a constant stigma4 that limits and thwarts their personal ambitions and freedom of choice. Nonetheless, sex workers adopt a variety of strategies to get ahead in life. This combination of the social limitations they face and the strategies they use is precisely what makes an analysis of their discourses important.

Keywords

Personal Interview Dominican Republic Life Story Illegal Immigrant Informal Conversation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ángeles Arjona Garrido
  • Juan Carlos Checa Olmos
  • Estefanía Acién González
  • Francisco Majuelos Martínez

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