'My Name is Not Natasha'

'My Name is Not Natasha'

By John Davies
Book Description

This book challenges every common presumption that exists about the trafficking of women for the sex trade. It is a detailed account of an entire population of trafficked Albanian women whose varied experiences, including selling sex on the streets of France, clearly demonstrate how much the present discourse about trafficked women is misplaced and inadequate. The heterogeneity of the women involved and their relationships with various men is clearly presented as is the way women actively created a panoptical surveillance of themselves as a means of self-policing. There is no artificial divide between women who were deceived and abused and those who "choose" sex work; in fact the book clearly shows how peripheral involvement in sex work was to the real agenda of the women involved. Most of the women described in this book were not making economic decisions to escape desperate poverty nor were they the uneducated naïve entrapped into sexual slavery. The women's success in transiting trafficking to achieve their own goals without the assistance of any outside agency is a testimony to their resilience and resolve.

Dit boek is een gedetaillerd onderzoek naar een groep Albanese vrouwen werkzaam in de seksindustrie in Parijs. My Name is Not Natasha laat zien hoe deze vrouwen, gedwongen of bewust 'gekozen' voor het beroep, allerminst het slachtoffer zijn van een economisch uitzichtloze situatie. Ze zijn evenmin naïve laagopgeleide vrouwen, onder valse voorwendselen de seksslavernij ingelokt. Dit boek laat zien dat ze zonder hulp van buitenaf weerbaar zijn en hun eigen doelen weten te bereiken. Het is een getuigenis van hun veerkracht en zelfredzaamheid.

Table of Contents
  • Table of contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Summary
  • Tables and figures
  • Acronyms and abbreviations
  • 1. What is trafficking?
  • 2. Research design and methods
  • 3. Understanding trafficking
  • 4. Leaving Albania
  • 5. Arriving in France
  • 6. Living and working in Lyon
  • 7. Overcoming or accommodating trafficking
  • 8. Conclusions: explaining trafficking
  • Notes
  • Appendix A Questionnaire and guidelines
  • Appendix B Cost of sex acts in Lyon
  • Appendix C The lamp-post sticker used by the campaign
  • Appendix D Advertisements for off-street sex workers
  • Appendix E Number of transsexual and female prostitutes in Lyon
  • Appendix F Ethical statement
  • Appendix G The researcher’s map of Lyon
  • Appendix H Social matrix of the trafficking order in Lyon
  • References
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