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Sex Slaves Paperback – June 7, 2001
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A trawl through the secret world of the eastern sex trade; from the squalor and slums of Burma to the secret lodging houses and expensive hotel rooms of Japan―EVENING HERALD
This harrowing study of Asia's sex industry explodes popular cultural stereotypes about the continent's strict family values along with the well-maintained lie that the regional sex trade exists solely for the benefit of Western tourists. It exposes the―REBECCA JOHNSON
SEX SLAVES highlights, necessarily, the dark side, the hypocrisy and the exploitation- often of children and teenagers- of the trade.―ASIAN VOICE
About the Author
Louise Brown is Lecturer in Asian Studies and Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Research in the Humanities at the University of Birmingham.
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I am aghast by the appalling lack of understanding by Louise Brown on the social fabric of Asian society. Many of the Asian values quoted by her were extremely misconstrued and many of her statements were misleading and lack responsibility.
Statements like "All women in Asia are discriminated against relative to men within their own social .....", "....girls are discriminated from the moment of their birth. they re given less care, less love, less food and less medical attention...", Women and girls are treated as property because they are dependent upon men economically and socially...", "Virginity and chastity are central to the dominant strands in Asia's value system...", All the world's major religions and ideologies discriminate against women...in practice if not in theory..." and all these sweeping statement were written within a span of 45 pages.
And she also showed an abysmal knowledge of why there were female baby's foeticide and the underlying reason why the ancient world look forward to having males instead of females. All parents have the same level of love for their child regardless of gender and because of that they look forward to conceiving male addition to the family to support and ensure higher likelihood of survival for the rest of the family. Just to explain one of the underlying reason that Louise Brown seemed to have shirk her responsibility as an author to spend the time and effort to read through archived literature and historical annals.
To avoid having an ill-conceived knowledge base of Asian society and value, I strongly advise not to even read this book unless you already have a well read base on Asian zeitgeist and values.
I cannot agree with others that this lack of statistics makes it less valuable, though. As a researcher myself, it is easy to dismiss reports lacking hard data, but qualitative reports are as valuable as from-the-desktop graphics making. And in a case that this one, it is more so. I can access easier to the figures provided by different NGOs and international organizations than visiting low end brothels in Bangladesh or the Manila's casas. And there is where this book offers added value.
The book describes a real situation accurately, if not scientifically. It might be better a journalistic report, and it lacks many aspects, but it provides a good overview.
The reality check is too real. I feel sad for these women but how can I help them? I forgot to give the book back to the Hostel I borrowed it from so leave your copy in Asia if you ever go. Be prepared to cry with your book. Mine has stains from tears.
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