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Senior Lecturer in Criminology & Justice Studies, RMIT University

Dr Larissa Sandy is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology & Justice Studies at RMIT University. She specialises in sex work and human trafficking, having researched with sex workers in Australia and Asia-Pacific for almost twenty years and has published widely on the issue. Larissa has just completed a large-scale project on the career development needs of sex workers in Victoria, which included working with a team of sex worker peer researchers. Dr Sandy was a prestigious Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Criminology at Flinders University, with her work exploring Cambodia’s human trafficking laws.


  • 2017–present
    Senior Lecturer in Criminology, RMIT University
  • 2014–2017
    Lecturer in Justice Studies, RMIT University
  • 2012–2014
    Vice Chancellor's Research Fellow in Criminology, Flinders University
  • 2009–2011
    Research Fellow, ARCSHS, La Trobe University
  • 2008–2009
    Research Analyst, Australian Institute of Criminology


  • 2007 
    Australian National University, PhD
  • 2000 
    Curtin University, BA (Hons)


  • 2019
    “Typical scripts” and their silences: Exploring myths about sexual violence and LGBTQ people from the perspectives of support workers [co-authored with Shaez Mortimer and Anastasia Powell], Current Issues in Criminal Justice
  • 2018
    Human trafficking on the global periphery: A terrible spectacle, in the Palgrave handbook on criminology and the global South, Palgrave
  • 2018
    Sex work, in the International encyclopaedia of Anthropology, Wiley-Blackwell
  • 2017
    Globalization and gender frontiers in the Global encyclopaedia of public administration, public policy and governance, Springer
  • 2014
    Women and sex work in Cambodia: Blood, sweat and tears, Routledge
  • 2013
    International agendas and sex worker rights in Cambodia, in Social activism in South East Asia, Routledge
  • 2012
    International politics, anti-trafficking measures and sex work in Cambodia in Labour migration and trafficking in Southeast Asia: Critical perspectives, Routledge
  • 2009
    “Behind closed doors”: Women’s experiences of bonded labour in the Cambodian sex industry, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology
  • 2007
    Just choices: Representations of choice and coercion in sex work in Cambodia, The Australian Journal of Anthropology
  • 2006
    Sex work in Cambodia: Beyond the voluntary/forced dichotomy, Asian and Pacific Migration Journal

Research Areas

  • Gender Specific Studies (169901)
  • Studies Of Asian Society (169903)
  • Crime Policy (160504)
  • Criminological Theories (160204)
  • Causes And Prevention Of Crime (160201)
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology (160104)