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Asian and Pacific Islander transgender women's experiences leaving sex work from Guam / Castro de La Cruz, Timmy
Bib ID 7124281
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook [text, microfiche]
Author
Castro de La Cruz, Timmy, author
 
Description Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, 2015 
183 p. 
ISBN 9781321661545
Summary

This phenomenological study explored the unique experiences of nine transgender, former sex workers from Guam. The review of the critical literature found an absence of work regarding the experiences of transgender Asian and Pacific Islander sex workers and how they left the sex trade. The interviews suggests that these women were drawn to the sex trade beyond financial reasons, but also for a desire to belong and connect and confirm their gender identity. They reported struggling with violence, addiction, and strained relationships while in the industry, but also experienced feelings of empowerment, self-awareness and resilience. The process of quitting sex work was often a gradual one, occurring in stages with the support of family and partners. The findings of this study have implications for current human service practice and has implications in expanding understanding of the complex factors at play in these women's lives.

Notes

Advisors: Ellen Peterson Mink Committee members: Carolyn Allen; Ayn O'Reilly.

Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 76-08(E), Section: A.

English

Subjects LGBTQ studies.  |  Pacific Rim studies.  |  Womens studies.
Other authors/contributors Capella University. School of Public Service Leadership. degree granting institution

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