The future of an institution from the past: accommodating regulationism in Bolivia, from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century

Abstract : In Bolivia, prostitution in brothels continues to predominate in the sex market. These establishments operate on the basis of the vestiges of a regulatory system imported from Europe between the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. Today, however, the concerns of public institutions are no longer so much moral as hygiene-related. For about the last fifteen years, the strict rules have been relaxed. Nowadays, women prostitutes enjoy much more autonomy in terms of choosing their clients and the services they are willing to provide, access to benefits, and the possibility of moving to another establishment or leaving prostitution. This reconfiguration of sex work contributes to its reinterpretation as an opportunity in a world where possibilities for women are limited.
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Pascale Absi. The future of an institution from the past: accommodating regulationism in Bolivia, from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. Rodríguez García, M., van Nederveen Meerkerk, E. & van Voss, L. Selling Sex in the City: A Global History of Prostitution, 1600s-2000s, 31, Brill, pp.466-489, 2017, Studies in Global Social History, 9789004346253. ⟨https://brill.com/abstract/book/edcoll/9789004346253/B9789004346253_022.xml⟩. ⟨hal-01874959⟩

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