Subject: Fw: Kosova trafficking
From: John Davies (JDavies@tesco.net)
Date: Sat Sep 11 1999 - 04:59:09 EDT
>We have spent the summer in Greece and Southern Albania working among
>migrant sex workers.
>We had contact with several women from Kosova and Serbia working in
>Some of the Kosovan women described their induction to sex work as being a
>direct consequence of breakdown of the ability of their male family members
>to control them. As the Kosovan patriarchy broke down women were able to
>enter sex work for the first time, while others were inducted using
>However our work among expectation and perception in sex work showed that
>deception can often be a matter of perception.
>Overall the main permissive factor that acted as a precusor to Kosovan
>induction to sex work was the breakdown of the family males' ability to
>control female family members.
>Several Kosovan women expressed their intent to continue in sex work and
>to return to Kosova.
>Any policy that fights "trafficking" by supporting patriarchy would work to
>avoid the exploitation of women by some men by ensuring the property rights
>of Kosovan fathers and husbands over Kosovan women.
>Some women definitely see sex work as an opportunity to leave behind the
>oppression of Kosovan men.
>There is also a perceived class divide and several Kosovan women saw that
>their stigmatism in Kosova, as the result of middle class, middle aged
>who don't understand working class women's attitude to selling sex.
>It would be interesting to know if any Kosovan sex workers have been
>to attend any of the meetings ?
>Our project will resume early next year.
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