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Geography of Transnationalism- Nov 15.doc

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University of Toronto St. George
Rachel Silvey

Geography of Transnationalism November 15, 2012 Mid-1960’s- Red light district • Thailand and the US agreed that Thailand could serve as main “rest and recreation” headquarters for American and Allied troops • Probably around 2.5 to 3 million troops visited Thailand on multiple occasions in the 1960’s and 1970’s • Mostly male, predominantly heterosexual soldiers brought a sense of entitlement to ‘good, clean fun’ • Lots of alcohol consumed • Red light districts pop up in port areas because of the sailors coming in and the military • Existed as an industry prior to the war but it grew dramatically during the war and had more investment [not just clients, but people making money off the clients and sex workers like building the buildings] • Scholars have said that while you can look at it as a question about bodies and sexual behaviour at the individual level, it reflects broader tensions at the international level [national identity and power- power to buy sexual services] • When the war ended, you’d think there wouldn’t be a market because the men went home, but the war didn’t destroy the industry • Many American servicemen still stationed in Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines and elsewhere in the Southeast Asia • Expansion of the industry after the war; ex. sex tours Prostitution officially illegal • But condoned and encouraged by many large hotel chains, airlines and government officials who could make money off of it • Probably about 1-2 million women work in the sex industry in Thailand alone • Wartime use of Thailand laid groundwork for the industry’s growth • Serious health problems, including HIV/AIDS • Low-income people from rural Thailand and neighboring countries are often very young girls • 2005-2006: nearly 6000,000 confirmed cases of HIV/AIDS • It is illegal, but the government is in cahoots about making it so • Hard to distinguish between smuggling and trafficking because many girls want this and so do their families; they think that they can just make a lot of money doing this and to support their family, etc. Asia’s economic “miracles” and the gender division of labour • Thailand: growth underpinned by tourism revenues and sex work • Phillippines [US colony from 1898-1946]: steadfast supplier of low-wage female labour and mail-order brides • Asian provision of ‘hospitality’ and ‘entertainment’ • Gendered and racialized ex
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