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Beyond dichotomies: Exploring responses to tackling the sex industry in Nepal.

Dhakal Adhikari, S., 2018. Beyond dichotomies: Exploring responses to tackling the sex industry in Nepal. In: Dewey, S., Crowhurst, I. and Izugbara, C., eds. Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research. London: Routledge, 211-221.

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DOI: 10.4324/9781351133913


The sex industry in Nepal has witnessed a massive resurgence, largely due to the expansion of the entertainment sector in the last decade. It is frequently featured in the national media, often with sensationalistic headlines. However, there is only limited research available on the perceptions of support agencies’ efforts in dealing with sex industry in Nepal. This chapter explores the approaches taken by different agencies in Nepal to intervening in the sex industry. The data for the chapter are derived from semi-structured interviews with donor agencies, government offices, I/NGOs, and other anti-trafficking networks. The findings of the chapter delineate that the rights of women and girls to work in a safe and healthy environment have been largely neglected in Nepal. Despite several attempts to regulate the sex industry, the practices employed by support organisations are often limited to controlling measures (rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration model). Such measures often bound up in the choice/coercion and innocent/savvy dichotomies. The chapter emphasises the importance of looking beyond these dichotomies and addressing the labour exploitation and other human rights violations that women and girls are facing in the Nepalese sex industry.

Item Type:Book Section
ISBN:9780815354123, 9781351133913
Number of Pages:640
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:33339
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:03 Feb 2020 11:45
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:19


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