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Urban Sex Workers

The prostitute is one of the most enduring female figures. PROSTITUTION AND SEX WORK IN GLOBAL CINEMA—New Takes on Fallen Women Female street sex workers are crucial participants in city life. I just started a city-wide ethnography on sex work in Accra, Ghana’s capital city. Most prostitutes in Ghana are rural/urban migrants — according to […]

November 14, 2020

November 14, 2020

14 Min read time

Sex worker in Accra, Ghana. Copyright © 2020 Muntaka Chasant

The prostitute is one of the most enduring female figures. PROSTITUTION AND SEX WORK IN GLOBAL CINEMA—New Takes on Fallen Women Female street sex workers are crucial participants in city life. I just started a city-wide ethnography on sex work in Accra, Ghana’s capital city. Most prostitutes in Ghana are rural/urban migrants — according to […]

The prostitute is one of the most enduring female figures.

PROSTITUTION AND SEX WORK IN GLOBAL CINEMA—New Takes on Fallen Women

Female street sex workers are crucial participants in city life.

I just started a city-wide ethnography on sex work in Accra, Ghana’s capital city.

Most prostitutes in Ghana are rural/urban migrants — according to Melissa Ditmore in the Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work1.

Given prostitution statistics in Ghana are limited, I hope to provide an account of the lives of urban sex workers in the city, brothel life, and how their experiences are shaped by rural and urban poverty.

A lot of sex workers are victims of violence.

“They invite us in and fuck us,” said Diana, a sex worker born and bred in Accra.

She added: “They assault and kill some of us when we demand payment.”

How do sex workers want to be viewed?

The public views prostitution as a vice, but sex workers themself consider it employment. 

A lot of young women come to the city to work as prostitutes to support and build estates for their families.

For Accra, a lot of the sex workers had migrated from outside the city and other West African countries — including Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and Benin.

A lot of them do not want to be photographed. Hopefully I’m able to gather enough data to warrant a more substantial publication on this.

Copyright © 2020 Muntaka Chasant

Sources

  1. https://products.abc-clio.com/abc-cliocorporate/product.aspx?pc=B3315C

November 14, 2020

14 Min read time

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