Reading this article opened my eyes. Being in a sheltered community my whole life, I never had the opportunity to even hear anything that had to do with these poor women from these countries that had to change their whole lives in order to make money. Josephine gave up her lively hood and everything good in her life so she could support her children. She went through so much pain and suffering but where did it get her? Her children were suffering everyday without her. I am not a mother so I cant put myself in Josephine’s position but I think that it must have been really hard to live in poverty that she was willing to leave her children so they wouldn’t have to live like that. Her daughter Norma suffered the most I think because she was willing to take her own life. When it comes to that point, the person feels that being dead is easier than being alive, which is a direct effect of being left by her mother. No one can judge a mothers choices because they are the ones that know the meaning of true love for their child but I’d hope that there was a better solution than this.
Something that stood out to me in the article was when the Authors stated that women in western countries have started to have more careers and “paid work” and because of that it leads to them needing caretakers for their children. Because of this, women who come from poor countries have a reason to migrate which gives them the chance of coming out of their poverty and not having to live dirt poor anymore. Poverty pushes them to a point where, like Josephine, they have to give up their whole life, and more.
Along with women who are powerful and have money to employ these immigrants, men have even more money and the men in wealthier countries, according to the authors, are directly responsible for the demand for the immigrant sex workers. A reason for wanting the sex workers to be immigrants are because new immigrants take up the least desirable work. They are more likely to just take what they can and thats really unfortunate because that doesn’t mean they aren’t smart or done have more to offer.