Dr Larissa Sandy

Dr Larissa Sandy is an anthropologist whose work focuses on gender, sexuality and culture in Southeast Asia. She is a lecturer in Justice and Legal Studies, and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Criminology at RMIT's School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.

Larissa was a Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Flinders University between 2012 and 2014, with her project exploring the implementation of Cambodia’s 2008 Human Trafficking Law. She was previously an analyst on the Trafficking in Persons project at the Australian Institute of Criminology and a Research Fellow on the International HIV program at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe.

In 2013, Larissa was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Researchers at Flinders University.

Larissa’s current project focuses on the effects of human trafficking laws and interventions for male and female sex workers and entertainment workers in Cambodia. Her project is exploring the consequences of measures introduced under anti-trafficking laws that include the criminalisation of sex work and brothel raids, sex worker rescues and forced rehabilitation. Her work has also documented how these new laws have irrevocably changed the nature and landscape of sex work in Cambodia.

Her previous projects have explored women’s experiences of sex work and the complex issues surrounding agency and sex work in Cambodia; drug use and HIV risk in Indonesia; and intimate partner homicide in Australia.

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