Selling Sex: A Hidden History of Prostitution
Selling Sex provides the first comprehensive history of prostitution in Australia from before European colonization to the present, and situates this history within an international context of labor migration and policy formation. It draws on extensive archival research and interviews to chart the ways in which prostitution contributed not just to women’s economic survival but also to broader processes of colonization and nation-building.
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The pastoral stations
THE new nation
Shades of scarlet
Status and stigma
White slavers and their enemies
The rise of the redlight district
From grand brothels to vice queens
War and peace
Global sex and local law
Reflecting on prostitutions past
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