Intimacy Lecture - Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, "Cultures of Flirtations: Sex and the Moral Boundaries of Migrant Hostesses in Japan."

Thursday, November 19, 2015

This talk takes us inside the world of a group of migrant workers identified as sex-trafficked victims in the U.S. Department of State's annual Trafficking in Persons Report: Filipina hostesses in Japan. Based on 56 in-depth interviews with hostesses and three months of participant observation in a hostess club in Tokyo, Parreñas describes the labor of hostesses and accounts for their vulnerability to human trafficking, but at the same time argues against their universal depiction as trafficked victims. She shows how the varying moral standards of hostesses when it comes to sex work results in different experiences and meanings of work.

The Intimacy Lectures are sponsored by the Page-Barbour Fund, the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, UVa Law School, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, the Departments of Sociology, Anthropology, and Media Studies, and the Women, Gender & Sexuality Program.

3:30 - 5:00 PM Reception to follow
Minor 125