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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:The Sex Trade, Globalization and Issues of Survival in Sub-Saharan Africa
Author:Adomako Ampofo, Akosua
Periodical:Ghana Studies
Geographic terms:Ghana
Subsaharan Africa
Economics and Trade
Women's Issues
Labor and Employment
Abstract:Sex has become a major global product, and the sale of sex a multi-billion dollar industry which feeds on the poverty and vulnerability of African women and children for sustenance. This paper examines the phenomenon of the commodification of sex as it applies to sub-Saharan Africa. First, it provides a brief conceptualization of the demand for, and supply of commercial sex. Next, it discusses the commodification of sex, presenting references to some historical incidences among women referred to as 'conscripted public servants'. This is followed by an analysis of the diversity of contemporary forms of sexual exchange, including the different categories of prostitutes - male as well as female -, pimps and brokers, the traffic in women and children, and internet sex. In conclusion, the paper discusses implications of the political economy of (commodified) sex work for the survival of people living in sub-Saharan Africa, with special reference to the spread of HIV/AIDS and the care of people living with HIV/AIDS. App., bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]