Human Rights, the Sex Industry and Foreign Troops

Andris Zimelis
  • Cooperation and Conflict, March 2009, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0010836708099721

Human Rights, the Sex Industry and Foreign Troops

What is it about?

This article explores the relationship between prostitution, nationalism and foreign policies using a feminist analysis framework and demonstrates the role of prostitution in national security policies.

Why is it important?

The article demonstrates that, although prostitution is illegal in Japan, South Korea and the Philippines, these governments have played an active role in supporting and maintaining the prostitution industry geared at servicing US troops. The US troops, in turn, have protected the national security of each of these countries for all of the post-Second World War era.

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