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Offensive charm: Chinese sex labour migration in Africa
Wann 25.10.2021
von 15:00 bis 16:00
Wo Seminarraum/ Zoom Meeting
Teilnehmer Universitätsoffen / open to university members
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Offensive charm: Chinese sex labour migration in Africa

Over the past two decades, many countries from West and Central Africa have witnessed a fast-growing Chinese economic migration. This unprecedented phenomenon has been accompanied by the increasing import of young Chinese women who are often enticed into prostitution business by members of Chinese transnational crime syndicate and their local associates who increasingly see Africa as a prosperous market for both human trafficking and sex industry. Cameroon is one of these African countries where young Chinese women strive to achieve their monetary quest through a voluntary or forced commoditization of their bodies to lonely local Chinese male workers, western expatriates and native men.

In this this book project, we seek to provide a historical analysis of the Chinese economy of pleasure and the sexual servicing labour performed by young Chinese sex labour migrants in Central and West Africa. The book will particularly focus on the move from a former sex labour that was part of the education of desire of Africa-based Chinese workers by their government to the current commercial sex activity which is driven by Chinese mercantilist spirit. Africa-based Chinese businessmen and merchants play a pivotal role in this new Chinese prostitution business.