Clientele of the Post-War Prostitution Business

  • Roos de Wildt
Part of the Studies of Organized Crime book series (SOOC, volume 17)


This chapter discusses various types of clients of the nascent sex industry as identified by the women who are actually servicing them. Did the demand of peacekeepers indeed singlehandedly feed the prostitution business in Kosovo, as the dominant representation of post-war prostitution suggests? The experiences of women engaged in prostitution show that international peacekeepers have been clients of the sex industry, despite special measures that forbid UN staff to visit premises where prostitution is allegedly taking place. Aside from peacekeepers, the international clientele has been comprised of civilian and police staff, diplomats, and relief workers dispatched in Kosovo. Nevertheless, the majority of the clients were local men. Furthermore, the diaspora, jokingly described as “schatzis” by inhabitants of Kosovo, return to their motherland in large numbers during the summer and winter holidays. This causes peak seasons in the sex industry. The suggestion that sex industries in the context of peacekeeping missions are prone to becoming destinations for sex tourists—as women are considered accustomed to catering to international clients—is also discussed. This suggestion has not been confirmed by the empirical data from Kosovo, as it overlooks part of the current structure in which the atmosphere in bars does not exude an international air at all.


Clients Johns Sex industry Prostitution Peacekeepers United Nations Diaspora Sex tourism 


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  • Roos de Wildt
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  1. 1.Verwey-Jonker InstituteUtrechtThe Netherlands

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