#onepiece #cameltoe #sideboob
The remaining three subsections present new topics and data. ‘Male Prostitution’ considers simultaneously adult and child male prostitution. There is the usual arrest data used for analysis and the labeling and categorizing of the different types of male prostitutes, reasons for it and so on that has been established thoroughly throughout the book.
The last two subsections are on ‘Laws and Prostitution’ and ‘Decriminalization and Legalization of Prostitution’ where current (i.e. up to 1998, when the book was published) debates for and against prostitution are examined. The subsections read like an introduction on these topics with an oversimplified view, as can only be achieved under 20 pages. In my opinion, no single camp can ever be completely ‘right’, there are merits on both sides for and against prostitution. However, if people would remove their personal objections and spare the moral babel, the reality is that prostitution will always exist. It would be best to construct laws that take this into account and how best to prevent further criminal behavior, disease and drug abuse. And of course, how to best protect children from prostitution. Fascinatingly enough, Flowers offers little opinion here, but cites research from both the ‘for’ and ‘against’ camps. While this was refreshing, it did leave me wondering why he didn’t implement this objective approach throughout the book.
Part 5: Female Prostitution in Other Countries comes across like a part added as an afterthought for the sake of completeness. It is short and very brief. In one subsection, different countries are highlighted with several paragraphs introducing government policy in that country (e.g. prostitution is legal in Germany, even state sponsored in Thailand, while illegal in Cuba), and elaborates on interesting features, for example, in Russia, many well-educated women (doctors, lawyers, teachers), sometimes even married with children, have turned to prostitution for survival due to the high percentage of unemployment.
In another subsection on HIV/AIDS, the highlights are even briefer, often representing a shocking statistic of that country:
With its estimated 10 million prostitutes … an estimated 5 million people in India are HIV infected, with predictions that as many as 20 million Indians will be HIV -positive by the year 2000(*).
Yet a quick google search reveals that he World Bank currently estimates that 2.4 million Indians are infected, which is no where near the cited figures. This is somewhat disconcerting and gives me the impression that Flowers is selective of his examples to justify his own views. This is, of course, not sufficient evidence from my part, and I am not out to prove his book wrong, only that due to my skepticism early on with this text, I find it useful to cross-check any information here if I were to make use of it, and I would certainly recommend this to anyone who ever uses this book for research.
There is also a brief subsection on child sexploitation focusing on HIV/AIDS.
The final subsection ‘Responding to the Worldwide Tragedy of Female Prostitution’ sparingly discusses (one or two paragraphs) institutions like ‘End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism’ or ‘Project Child’. This is quite an unfocused section especially since all the institutions discussed are about child protection from the sex industry as opposed to the more general female prostitution, which is the heading.
The book seems to be organized based on structure more than anything else, with the theme of HIV/AIDS being the binding thread throughout the text. There is little else that connects these different Parts and subsections with some exceptions. Some parts are more elaborate and detailed, while others are all too brief, yet the lack of focus makes for a confusing and, ironically, unstructured reading experience.
The shifts between quantitative and qualitative subsections (in the earlier part) are awkward, and in the later parts, the two are merged in each subsection to make for a more sensible reading. However, regardless of the data accuracy, it comes across more as a shock indoctrination text rather than a focused, argument-driven text with a clear objective. Most frustratingly, I leave this book and still feel that Flowers had his own personal agenda to promote, yet fails to prevent a scientific basis for it. I would recommend researchers approach this text judiciously, and I would recommend the general reader interested in the sex industry to read the more up to date and well-written essays in Sex for Sale, edited by Ronald Weitzer.
Samir Rawas Sarayji.
(*) Friedman, R. I. (cited in Flowers, R. B.) “India’s Shame: Sexual Slavery and Political Corruption Are Leading to an AIDS Catastrophe,” The Nation 262 (1996), p. 12.
The Bible Means (What It Says Vs. What It Means)
Commentary on people, places and things in relation to the Faith, GOD and the Holy Bible.
Thursday, January 3, 2008.
Where In the Bible Is Mary Magdalene a Prostitute?