‘I Do Not Work: I Do Commercial Sex Work’. Ambiguities in the Discourse and Practice of Selling Sex in Mombasa, Kenya

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Abstract

Building on the narratives of women selling sex in Mombasa, this article
shows how the livelihoods and strategies of women who self-identify as sex
workers are influenced by the discourses and activities of the NGO sector,
the sex workers’ movement, and international tourism on the one hand, and
by their struggle for survival and personal advancement on the other hand.
More specifically, while the term ‘sex industries’ or ‘sex workers’—as used
by a number of local and international actors — is partly internalized by
women selling sex, these terms obscure the more complicated realities of
women who seek to secure income for their households.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1159–1178
Number of pages20
JournalDevelopment and Change
Volume46
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • gender, sex work, Kenya

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