Sex Tourism in the Postwar Borderland
With the closing of World War II, the number of people crossing the border between Detroit and Windsor once again began to rise. Legal tourism developed as part of the postwar push towards consumption and leisure, and city boosters attempted to build on the notion of friendship and reciprocity in order to promote border-crossing as both an economic boon and a symbolic political action in the context of the Cold War. Yet, not all tourism was based around the family-friendly vacation or legal shopping trip. Alongside legal tourism, prostitution industries also emerged and catered to the cross-border traveller. In the border region, sex tourism build on the appeal of crossing multiple boundaries—racial, spatial, and national—drawing customers into an urban underworld that defied some normative social values in the postwar years.
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