"Sex industry" worlds : massage parlours, escort agencies, and the social organisation of sex work in Christchurch.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
This thesis embeds the dyadic sex worker-client relationship in the wider network structures and practices of the 'sex industry' in Christchurch. It details the actual practices of owners and managers of sex businesses in the different organisational forms of massage parlours and escort agencies. The thesis argues that the 'sex industry' has emerged from the complex relationships which have developed between sex businesses, sex workers, legal statutes, police enforcement practices, and sex worker organisations in a context shaped by responses to the risk of HIV virus and AIDS in the 'sex industry'. The thesis concludes with a brief exploration of the dilemmas confronting those advocating the decriminalisation of prostitution activities.