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Conceptualisation of home among Russian-speaking women engaged in commercial sex in Finland

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This article explores how Russian-speaking women engaged in commercial sex in Finland understand home in relation to their experience of mobility and engagement in commercial sex. As it examines the mobility of those engaged in commercial sex, it moves away from trafficking or forced migration, and focuses on everyday experiences of home, ownership and self-care. The research is based on semi-structured interviews and ethnographic field work conducted in NGOs and commercial sex venues in Finland. It shows how by investing in private property, the women use their earnings from commercial sex to create their own spaces of comfort and personal pleasure, within the context of mobility, and how the inability to secure a material dwelling makes their sense of home more transient and unstable.
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Keywords: Home; migration; mobility; ownership; prostitution; sex work

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Publication date: January 2, 2018

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