This article examines resilience and coping behaviours of adolescent girls from rural Indramayu (West Java) who entered (but also resisted entering) the sex trade. It explores how they perceive and experience oppression, and pinpoints aspects of their agency in the face of dire circumstances. It argues that the tendency to categorise minors in the sex trade as a homogeneous social group of victims whose agency is entirely effaced obscures better understanding of their real-life circumstances.

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Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Sano, A. (2012). Agency and Resilience in the Sex Trade: Adolescent Girls in Rural Indramayu. Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 13(1), 21–35. doi:10.1080/14442213.2011.636064