Women and Sex Work in Cambodia: Blood, sweat and tears, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Women and Sex Work in Cambodia

Blood, sweat and tears, 1st Edition

By Larissa Sandy


140 pages

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Prostitution is strongly embedded in local cultural practices in Cambodia. Based on extensive original research, this book explores the nature of prostitution in Cambodia, providing explanations of why the phenomenon is so widely tolerated. It outlines the background of the French colonial period, with its filles malades, considers the contemporary legal framework, and analyses the motivations for sex work, examining in particular how women become locked into debt bondage. Overall the book provides significant contributions to wider debates about sex work, sex trafficking and the constrained nature of women’s choices.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Filles Malades: Sex Work in French Cambodia, 1863-1953 3. Sihanouk’s Thesis ‘A’ and ‘B’: Sex Work in Post-Independence Cambodia 4. The Social and Cultural Context of Sex Work 5. Just Choices: The Moral And Political Economies of Sex Work 6. Core Transmitter/Sex Slave: Ten Years of Regulating Sex Work (1998-2008) 7. Conclusion

About the Author

Larissa Sandy completed her doctorate in the Gender Relations Centre of the Australian National University and is now a Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Flinders University, Australia

About the Series

ASAA Women in Asia Series

The primary aim of this important series is to publish original, high quality work on all aspects of women in Asia. Submissions are welcomed from prospective authors, both new and established scholars, working in any appropriate discipline, and should in the first instance be sent to the series editor. Email: [email protected]


Editorial Board:

Hyaeweol Choi (University of Iowa)

Melissa Crouch (University of New South Wales) 

Michele Ford (The University of Sydney)

Trude Jacobsen (Northern Illinois University)

Tanya Jakimow (University of New South Wales)

Lenore Lyons (Independent scholar)

Vera Mackie (University of Wollongong)

Anne McLaren (The University of Melbourne)

Mina Roces (University of New South Wales)

Dina Siddiqi (New York University)

Andrea Whittaker (The University of Queensland)

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies