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Trafficking discourse thus reacts to assertions of choice and reasserts the argument for ‘force’ (Sandy 2006).Upon reading Mathews it appears many of these concerns about what constitutes prostitution/sex work, and whether it is subject to choice or force, with force fore-fronted and increasingly criminalized under anti-trafficking legislation, is now being articulated in online sexual commerce.
A silent warning, these are nearly always posted without any commentary, much less criticism, lest the interest of enforcers of online policing be aroused.The most contested issue in producing the Philippines Anti-Trafficking Act therefore revolved around the issue of prostitution as iconic of exploitation.Manila-based lawyer Ruiz-Austria (2006) states that this dominance is revealed by six out of the eight provisions defining unlawful acts in relation to trafficking stipulating ‘for the purpose of prostitution’.To begin with an invocation of such religious and national icons for a paper on the webcam industry, or ‘cyberporn’, gives some indication that Mathews is prepared to engage with controversy.
Mathews’ abstract outlines the ‘largely unknown’ Adult/Asian Cam Model (ACM) industry in the Philippines.
COUPLING: PROSTITUTION AND TRAFFICKING For the purpose of contextualizing Mathews I want to outline the debate about prostitution, sex work and trafficking.