Sex Work and the Karmic Wheel: How Buddhism Influences Sex Work in China

  title={Sex Work and the Karmic Wheel: How Buddhism Influences Sex Work in China},
  author={Eileen Yuk-ha Tsang and John Lowe},
  journal={International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology},
  pages={2356 - 2377}
  • E. Tsang, J. Lowe
  • Published 12 May 2019
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
As prostitution is widely condemned as a form of criminality in China, there is a need to examine how Buddhism functions not as a form of therapy for the purposes of rehabilitating or deterring prostitution but as a force that encourages participation in prostitution. In this work, we argue that rural–urban migrant sex workers who are Buddhists appropriate the religion’s teachings of compassion, mindfulness, and karma to find a renewed sense of meaning and purpose in their livelihoods. We… 
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