Book Review: Illicit Flirtations: Labor, Migration, and Sex Trafficking in Tokyo

Kimberly Kay Hoang
Source (institute/publication)
Rights Work Initiative

Source: Rights Work Initiative

In her book Illicit Flirtations, Rhacel Parrenas provides us with cutting edge, systematic, and empirical research on Filipina migrant hostesses— the women the U.S. government called the largest group of “trafficked” persons in the world.  Illicit Flirtations challenges this simplistic long-distance assessment.  It presents the nuances, differences, struggles and hopes of Filipina women working in Japan as bar hostesses.

Her on-the-ground research method is rarely seen in the world of human trafficking research even though it is crucial to understand the lives of migrant workers and trafficked persons. Parrenas cautions researchers and activists against sweeping generalisations of human trafficking.

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