Comparing Women Migrants Prostituted through Intermediaries And Those Acting Autonomously in Nevada, U.S.

  • Karla Lorena Andrade Rubio Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas
  • Simon Pedro Izcara Palacios


Using a qualitative methodology that includes interviews with 15 women from Mexico and Cen-tral America, the main aim of this article is to compare the situation of migrant women who have been prostituted in Nevada in closed venues through agencies and those who did so without in-termediaries. The authors conclude that the women who were transported by sex trafficking net-works cannot leave the bosses, to whom they have become indebted. Paradoxically, those who entered into prostitution autonomously felt empowered by their work, since it allowed them to dedicate more time to caring for their bodies, and they earned more than at other activities. Also, although the former entered into the sex trade as minors, the latter did so when they were older. Key words: prostitution, migrant women, violence, adult entertainment agencies, Nevada.

Author Biography

Karla Lorena Andrade Rubio, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas

Karla Lorena Andrade Rubio es doctora en Sociología por la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (2010), profesora de Sociología de la Unidad Académica de Trabajo Social y Ciencias para el Desarrollo Humano (Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, México) y miembro del Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (Nivel 2). Sus líneas de investigación son: el jornalerismo, la migración y la trata de personas. Tres de sus publicaciones más recientes son: (2018). Centroamericanas menores de edad prostituidas en California. Nóesis. Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, 27, 77-97; (2016). Víctimas de trata: mujeres migrantes, trabajo agrario y acoso sexual en Tamaulipas. CienciaUAT, 11(1), 22-36; (2016). La deportación de mujeres centroamericanas víctimas de trata. Papeles de población, 22(90), 173-196.


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How to Cite
Andrade Rubio, K., & Izcara Palacios, S. (2019). Comparing Women Migrants Prostituted through Intermediaries And Those Acting Autonomously in Nevada, U.S. Norteamérica, Revista Académica Del CISAN-UNAM, 14(2).