Trafficking, Profiteering and State Complicity: Researching the Demand Side of prostitution and trafficking in Cyprus

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Trimikliniotis, Nicos; & Demetriou, Corina (2009) Trafficking, Profiteering and State Complicity: Researching the Demand Side of prostitution and trafficking in Cyprus, Translocations: Migration and Social Change 5(1): 1–32.

This paper reflects on the issue of trafficking, exploitation and prostitution, primarily looking at that question from the ‘demand side’. Drawing on primary research on the situation in

Cyprus, based on client interviews, it critically reflects on the meaning of the sex clients’ discourses as particular expressions of Cypriot masculine identities, from the perspective of

regulating ‘demand’ as a means of combating sex trafficking. It locates the various client discourses within the broader issues which define the content and context of the social relations, focusing on the demand for sexual labour in the desire industries of Cyprus. The examination of client discourses reveals the cultural transformations and economic changes which transformed the nature of entertainment over the last years: uncovering the

contradictions as regard sexualities, masculinities and the gender order is important to understanding the structure and modus operandi of the system of purchased sex that generates the demand for trafficking. Yet, such cultural practices are reproduced by the social structure, the profit-making industry and the complicit state. The paper questions the assumptions about criminalisation of demand. The case of Cyprus illustrates that trafficking of women is primarily a question of

sexual and bonded labour and can be addressed via immigration and employment laws and policies.

Translocations: Migration and Social Change

Authors

Nicos Trimikliniotis

Nicos Trimikliniotis

Senior Research Consultant