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5 - Rejecting Honest Work

Pimps, Apaches, and Other Undesirable Men

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 January 2024

Elisa Camiscioli
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Binghamton University, State University of New York
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This chapter shifts to undesirable men and disreputable expressions of masculinity, depicting the world of pimps and traffickers from the perspective of the migration paradigm. With examples that span the United States, Uruguay, Argentina, Cuba, and Mexico, I show how anti-trafficking and anti-prostitution discourse, in addition to articulating gendered ideas about sexual respectability and normative migration patterns, employed equally moralistic concepts to distinguish honest labor from illegitimate work. Some traffickers sought upward social mobility by engaging with both the licit and illicit economies of their destination countries, while for others, pimping and trafficking was the logical extension of a longer criminal history, shirking work discipline, and refusing the responsibilities of family and nation. French men were central to a broader story of migrant criminality in the Americas, namely through their participation in the sex trade.

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Selling French Sex
Prostitution, Trafficking, and Global Migrations
, pp. 157 - 197
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2024

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  • Rejecting Honest Work
  • Elisa Camiscioli, Binghamton University, State University of New York
  • Book: Selling French Sex
  • Online publication: 04 January 2024
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009418386.006
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  • Rejecting Honest Work
  • Elisa Camiscioli, Binghamton University, State University of New York
  • Book: Selling French Sex
  • Online publication: 04 January 2024
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009418386.006
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  • Rejecting Honest Work
  • Elisa Camiscioli, Binghamton University, State University of New York
  • Book: Selling French Sex
  • Online publication: 04 January 2024
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009418386.006
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