The Road Out: When the Service Industry Means Sex Work and Leaving Feels Impossible

Graduation Date

Fall 11-15-2017

Grading Professor

Prue Clarke

Subject Concentration


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


When women and children from Nepal’s rural villages are trafficked to Kathmandu’s city center, they are abused in the work place, denied their salary, and psychologically controlled. And when they leave, or when they are too old to be considered desirable, the social stigma surrounding their work keeps them silent or shunned. The road out of the “adult entertainment industry” can be as painful as the time in it. Local non-profits are working tirelessly to ease the transition. They offer counseling, doctor’s visits, vocational training and formal education, creating a path forward and addressing the whole human being. Not all survivors can be reached, and most chose not to take the risk. For many women, getting out of sex work in Nepal feels impossible.

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