This article focuses on the commercial sexual exploitation of minors,king in children for the sex trade. It charts some of the key economic and social conditions that structure the supply of women and children for the sex trade. It then maps out some of the key cultural and social/psychological forces that condition demandfor children tive in the field seem to assume that solutions to these problems may be found in policies aimed at stemming the supplyof children for the sex trade (by punishing the traffickers, pornographers, and procurers, for instance) and attacking the demand by raphy, anti-sex tourism, and anti-trafficking laws). This article argues, however, that while the range of existing policies is generally necessary, supply is rooted fundamentaly in poverty, and as such is determined at the macro level as a structural requirement of neo- on. Thus, micro level policies targeting the individuals who buy and sell the sexual services of women and children can only enjoy very limited success as they do not aim to dismantle the macro structures of power. The article proposes that policy regimes focus instead - male sexuality - and ofers some tentative proposals as to how this might be achieved.

Asian Women
Department of Political Science

Jhappan, R. (2005). Of Tsunamis and Child Sexual Exploitation: the Political Economy of Supply and Demand in the Sex Tourism and Trafficking Trades. Asian Women, 20, 137–174.