Down Country Lanes, Behind Abandoned Houses


Author(s): Keith V. Bletzer

Pp: 325-374 (50)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681081045115010011

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This chapter explores commercial sex work in farming areas, utilizing materials prepared for workshops at migrant stream conferences, attended by frontline migrant service workers. The existence of sex work in areas where farm workers predominate underscores practices of gendered exclusion, which compels local women into survival sex and generates opportunity structures for trafficking. The field materials cover examples of sex work as it occurs in agricultural areas. Many of the women once performed farm labor (a few still do), but gradually left it, as their structural vulnerability compelled shifting into new roles and their corresponding drug use escalated.

This chapter concludes with a discussion of sex work as an example of the consequences that result from few opportunities of meaningful work for women, general attitudes towards women that lead to gray zone practices, and willful neglect that allows sex work in rural farming communities.

Keywords: Backup protector, brothel, campera women, canvassing, economic entrepreneurship, finishing moment, free union, gendered exclusion, live-in arrangements, managers, mobility inversion, opportunity structures, scouts, seasonal slackness, serial sex, Sex worker, sponsors, street strolls, survival sex, trafficking.

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