"Bitches Killing the Nation: Analyzing the Violent State-Sponsored Repression of Sex Workers in Zambia, 2004–2008"
by Crago, Anna-Louise (2014)
In 2004, the Zambian government ushered in a period of increased state repression of sex work that took place in the name of protecting the nation from HIV. Repression was articulated through the application of a new curfew ordinance, detention, and high levels of violence against sex workers by state actors in the public sphere. This article critically examines the context of overlapping prohibitionist and abolitionist approaches in transnational and domestic antiprostitution policy in which the repression occurred. This research is based primarily on in-depth interviews with twenty-six Zambian sex workers in Lusaka and Kabwe, as well as on media reports and institutional records.
KeywordsZambia, Sex Work, Prostitution, Violence, Sexual Economy, Africa, Legal Context
ThemesThird World Women, Women and Work, Non-Western Societies, Women's Work in History, African History
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