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Intersectionality and transnational mobility between Brazil and Spain in travesti prostitution networks

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The aim of this article is to highlight the ways in which Brazilian travestis negotiate and strategise transnational mobility in order to work as prostitutes in Spain. Brazilian travestis working illegally in Spain are subject to gendered, sexualised and racial marginalisation. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted between April and September 2008 with 10 Brazilians acting as providers of sexual services in Spain. The interviews were systematised by means of content analysis, which allowed the preparation of a map of meanings around the spatial and lived experiences of travestis. We argue that travestis identities are constructed at the intersection of gender, sexuality, class and race. This fluid intersectionality allows the group to simultaneously manage their positions of both privilege and oppression.
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Keywords: Brazilian travesti; España; Spain; interseccionalidad; intersectionality; migración transnacional; prostitución; prostitution; transnational migration; travestis brasileras

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Geography, State University of Ponta Grossa, Carlos Cavalcanti, 4748, Ponta Grossa, Paraná, 84030900, Brazil

Publication date: September 14, 2015

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