Modern Babylon?: Prostituting Children in Thailand
Child prostitution became one of the key concerns of the international community in the 1990s. World congresses were held, international and national laws were changed and concern over "cemmercially sexually exploited children" rose dramatically. Rarely, however, were the children who worked as prostitutes consulted of questioned in this process, and the voices of these children brought into focus. This book is the first to address the children directly, to examine their daily lives, their motivations and their perceptions of what they do. Based on 15 months of fieldwork in a Thai tourist community that survived through child prostitution, this book draws on anthropological theories on childhood and kinship to contextualize the experiences of this group of Thai child prostitutes and to contrast these with the stereotypes held of them by those outside their community.
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History and Context
NGOs and the Discovery of Child Prostitution
The Extent of the Problem
History and Myth
Cultural Constructions of Childhood
Childhood in Thailand
What Constitutes a Good Childhood?
Childhood and State Intervention
Prostitution and its Alternatives
The LifeCycle of Prostitution
Identity and its Difficulties
Sexuality and Identity
Gender Prostitution and Identity