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Prostitution- the worlds oldest profession Although this statement contains an element of truth the effect of globalisation has seen the sale of women move from the sale of the individual womans body to an organised and systematised global industry Consequently sex work which has always been an issue of unequal gender relations has arrived as one of the most profited international markets may they be called go-go dancers mail order brides massage girls or prostitutes they are in effect but commodities in a multi-billion dollar transnational sex-trafficking industry which profits from the sale of women and children within and across borders While all those with vested interest in the industry may benefit financially the women who are merely commodities in this international market find little or no benefits from the economical development that follows its success Their situation is on the contrary perpetuated by the structural patriarchy of society which pays little attention to the development of womens opportunities for economic independence leaving prostitution as the highest paid job or only job available to many women in South East Asia or in the states of the former USSR Subsequently increasing the vulnerability of women with least resources as they become not only targets for the sex industry but also at times the only desperate source of income for poverty stricken families Furthermore the women who find themselves in the sex industry are increasingly exposed to severe health and social risks such as venereal diseases including AIDS substance abuse physical and mental abuse as well as social stigmatisation and mental breakdown Circumstances that are maintained by the existing ideological constructs as well as a legal framework which reinforces male domination and ensures limited protection for women in the area of sexuality Finally the economical benefits of the sex industry propagate the structural vulnerability of women as changes in laws which lead to the empowerment of these women can be but made by loss of financial gain
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