‘Clients don't come to me, I have to find them’: Exploring the mobility routes of Moroccan sex-workers


  • Ayla Deniz Ankara Üniversitesi Dil tarih Coğrafya Fakültesi




Sex workers, morroccon women, gradual mobility, transnational mobility.


Global mobility patterns of sex workers have begun to change. However, information about what their spatial mobility is affected by and how the direction of these mobility is determined is limited. Based on this, in this study, a modeling of the gradual mobility of sex workers is made on the example of Moroccan women. Within the scope of the study, face-to-face and online interviews were conducted with women. As a result of the study, it has been observed that Moroccan sex workers being mobile periodically and often perform the mobility gradually. Accordingly, at the first stage, women experience internal migration and moved from less developed cities to more developed ones within Morocco. However, the density of both Moroccan and sub-Saharan African sex workers in developed cities led them to search for new places. In this process, called the second stage, some women turned to the tourist cities of Morocco, where they believed they could find a link to get out of the country. Others went directly to some countries for expedition of discovery where their friends or relatives live. In the third stage, women who have sufficient capital for mobility have started to go Turkey, the Gulf countries and European countries, periodically. Thus, a mobility pattern that covers more than one city and country has emerged.


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How to Cite

Deniz, A. (2021). ‘Clients don’t come to me, I have to find them’: Exploring the mobility routes of Moroccan sex-workers. Kadın/Woman 2000, Journal for Women’s Studies, 22(1), 107–132. https://doi.org/10.33831/jws.v22i1.178