Patpong Sisters: An American Woman's View of the Bangkok Sex World (Paperback)

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Patpong Sisters: An American Woman's View of the Bangkok Sex World (Paperback)

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“Engrossing.”—Publishers Weekly

“Candid, intrepid, and perceptive.”—Booklist

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Cleo Odzer, a young American anthropologist, spent three years studying Bangkok’s red-light district. Her work reveals the working of the sex trade, the lives of the women, men, boys, and girls forced to sell themselves in the hope of financial business, and the profiteers who exploit them for profit.

Patpong, in the heart of Bangkok, teems with bars and sex shows, catering mainly to farangs - foreigners. Odzer spent three years studying the area. Gaining the confidence of the bar girls and bar boys, she interviewed them at length, lived among them, accompanied several back to their families in remote villages.

She also got to know their customers, those in for a night or in forever (many fell in love and stayed on in Patpong). From Odzer's account emerges a far different picture from the cliched image of the prostitute. Many of the Patpong girls, smart and enterprising, use their profession for self-liberation and to support their impoverished families back home. Warm and personal,

Patpong Sisters reveals the truth about the $4 billion Bangkok economy of sex.
Cleo Odzer was an adventurous American writer born in 1950 in New York. She received a PhD in anthropology from The New School for Social Research. After studying the sex culture in Bangkok, Thailand, she then traveled to Goa, India, and would later write about the hippie culture there in her second book, Goa Freaks. Odzer died in 2001 in Goa, India.
Product Details ISBN: 9781611458817
ISBN-10: 1611458811
Publisher: Arcade
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2014
Pages: 320
Language: English
"Controversial . . . peopled with interesting characters." —Wall Street Journal Asia

"Controversial . . . peopled with interesting characters." —Wall Street Journal Asia