'Selling Sex in Cape Town: Sex Work and Human Trafficking in a South African City.' By Chandre Gould; 'Sugargirls and Seamen.' By Henry Trotter

  • Lauren van Vuuren Department of Historical Studies, University of Cape Town

Abstract

The two books under review may be on the same topic, namely prostitution, but they are a study in the vagaries of interpretation. Where one titivates and tantalises with pages of lash-batting descriptions of women enmeshed in the world of prostitution, the other gives bluntly and without varnish a grim statistically-driven vision of sex selling. Where one attempts, apparently, to lather the miserable existences under description in a language of double entendres and racy descriptive passages, the other plods plainly through the painful first-hand accounts of the brutalisation and drug addiction experienced by most women selling sex in Cape Town.

Published
2017-06-09
How to Cite
VAN VUUREN, Lauren. 'Selling Sex in Cape Town: Sex Work and Human Trafficking in a South African City.' By Chandre Gould; 'Sugargirls and Seamen.' By Henry Trotter. Kronos: Southern African Histories, [S.l.], n. 36, p. 336-339, june 2017. ISSN 0259-0190. Available at: <http://epubs.ac.za/index.php/kronos/article/view/43>. Date accessed: 24 nov. 2017.
Section
Reviews