"Oa Connell Davidson moves us beyond the horror and outrage of children in the global children in the global sex trade to ask some more fundamental questions about childrena s relationsips with adults. Challenging popular conceptions of sex abuse and victimisation, this brave, intelligent and thought--provoking book demands our attention and concern." Allison James, University of Sheffield "This is a brave and powerful book, sizzling with brilliant insights and analysis. Avoiding easy moral and criticisms and challenging feminist views that rigidly separate children and adults, sex and work, Oa Connell Davidson offers an original re--examination of the empirical, political and moral meaning of a global sex trade industry. Children in the Global Sex Trade is a must--read for scholars, activists, sex workers and policy--makers." Steven Seidman, State University of New York at Albany
This compelling new book explores the complexities of the global child sex industry, but without falling into cliche and melodrama. Julia O'Connell Davidson draws attention to the multitude of ways in which children become implicated in the sex trade, and the devastating global political and economic inequalities that underpin their involvement. She sensitively unpicks the relationship between different aspects of the sexual exploitation of children, including trafficking, prostitution and pornography, at the same time challenging popular conceptions of childhood and sexuality.This thought-provoking book will be of interest to general readers, and to students taking a range of courses, such as gender studies and childhood studies, and courses on sexuality and globalisation.