Henry Trotter

Henry Trotter is a doctoral student of African history at Yale University. He lives in Cape Town.

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Sugar Girls and Seamen · A Journey into the World of Dockside Prostitution in South Africa
By Henry Trotter

Sugar Girls and Seamen illuminates the shadowy world of dockside prostitution in South Africa, focusing on the women of Cape Town and Durban who sell their hospitality to foreign sailors. Dockside “sugar girls” work at one of the busiest cultural intersections in the world. Through their continual interactions with foreign seamen, they become major traffickers in culture, ideas, languages, styles, goods, currencies, genes, and diseases.

“Adamantine research and thoughtful analysis … brilliant and detailed.”

Sunday Times, South Africa