The prostitution bill is a bizarre work of moral panic. The biggest myths about street-based sex work. On a typical Monday night, a colleague and I drive around Brixton Hill in a van.
We meet all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds – women who are back at work a week after having a baby, some who only work occasionally, and some for whom this has been a way of life since they were thirteen. We do outreach with south London’s street-based sex workers, offering a harm reduction and support service to any of them who need it. The van has an ample supply of condoms, clean needles, food and drink. From 10pm until around 1.30am, we do outreach with the women involved in street-based sex work in the area. Spires, the Streatham centre that runs the service, recently won an award for innovation in homelessness intervention for this Streetlink project. Well, this is what I get for attempting to engage with Meghan Murphy again. Open letter: 300 researchers call for decriminalization of sex work in Canada. March 27, 2014 Right Hon.
Super Bowl? Or Super Hyperbole? Around this time every year we notice a spike in press coverage, especially in US media, about a projected rise in trafficking for sex in whichever US state is hosting the Super Bowl.
It is an idea that is used to frame prostitution abolitionist and/or anti-migrant sentiments in a more humanitarian form. This moral panic starts over a year in advance of the event: the first story we noticed for the 2014 Super Bowl in New Jersey was published back in August 2012. One of the recommendations from our research was to challenge misleading and harmful campaigns. Popular Claims vs. Evidence-Based Conclusions in Human Trafficking. Ronald Weitzer, “Popular Claims vs.
Evidence-Based Conclusions in Human Trafficking”: talk given at Queens University Belfast School of Law, 11th April 2013, as part of the one-day conference New Frontiers of the Dark Figure: Measuring Hidden Crimes . Audio available at YouTube . Transcribed by us and posted here with the kind permission of QUB School of Law. On The Issues Magazine: Summer 2008: Erotic Laborers Find Outlet in $pread by Nicole Witte Solomon.
In the mid-1990s, Asian feminists concerned about the sexual exploitation of children and women and the growing epidemic of HIV/AIDS urged Susan Thistlethwaite and me to write a book about the sex industry.
We traveled to six Asian countries and to major cities in the U.S., interviewing sex workers, anti-prostitution activists, government officials, medical personnel, social workers, brothel owners, members of the military, religious leaders and even a few customers to write Casting Stones: Prostitution and Liberation in Asia and the United States. We did not expect to advocate for decriminalization, but that is where our research led us. Moral Judgments Interfere. The Feminist Clash Over Prostitution by Angela Bonavoglia. In the wake of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer’s stunning fall from grace in March 2008 for spending some $80,000 on call girls, prostitution has come way out of the closet.
NBC News brought us self-proclaimed “ho-fessional” Brooke Taylor of Nevada’s Moonlite Bunny Ranch, in a web extra, promoting her work and her wares. Out came the film The Babysitters featuring a high school honor student who starts a babysitters’ prostitution ring. Now comes Showtime’s happy-go-lucky hooker in a new series, “Secret Diary of a Call Girl.” Thousands of so-called “net walkers” run their own escort websites. David Elms created TheEroticReview.com to rate the women, telling the New York Times he did that because he thought the johns needed to be empowered. The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act Advances in the Senate Thanks to the Violence Against Woman Act - Shared Hope International. On February 12, 2013, the Violence Again Women Act (VAWA) passed in the Senate with critical amendments made by Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy’s (D-VT) to secure the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) as part of VAWA and by Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) to authorize grants to enhance the safety of youth and children who are victims of, or exposed to sex trafficking, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) was enacted in 2000 to create tools to enable the U.S. government to address the prosecution of traffickers, protection for victims, and prevention of human trafficking. This Act serves as the cornerstone of legal protection for victims of trafficking at the federal level and sets a standard for state legislatures around the nation. Listen to ALL of the Sex Workers. I recently participated in a facebook thread about this tumblr post on the topic of sex work, which in turn, was sparked by this tumblr post.
The discussion I was in included a back-and-forth between me and someone who wants to abolish sex work by criminalizing the purchasing of sex, but not the selling of sex. She repeated the message of the original tumblr post, by saying that she’s tired of how sex workers who choose this form of labor will speak up and say that the way that anti-sex workers and abolitionists frame the debate doesn’t fit them. (Unfortunately, she deleted her comments after someone on the pro-sex work side flagged them, so this is as close as I can recall what happened. If she reads this, I’ll be happy to edit it if my memory is off.) I can certainly understand her frustration- it’s annoying when people keep saying the same things over and over in response to an argument that one cares deeply about.
That’s why I support groups like the Sex Workers Outreach Project. A Sex-Positive Perspective on Sex Work. Debates about sex work and trafficking aren’t new, but they sure are heating up these days.
As someone who has known many different sex workers of all different genders and sexual orientations in pretty much every branch of the business, while also not having ever been a sex worker myself, I find that I have a rather unusual perspective, at least among the people engaged in this debate. And at the recent conference for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, I heard about an enlightening way to think about sex-positivity that I think offers some clarity around this issue. Breanne Fahs PhD from Arizona State University approaches sex-positivity from the understanding that true liberation requires both “freedom to” and “freedom from.” While this maps easily onto the idea that the ability to freely consent rests on the ability to freely say “no”, I find that it offers a better way to unpack some of the issues around sexuality. Why aren’t there more answers? Sex Work is to Trafficking as Sex is to Rape. If you’ve been paying attention to the evolution of the current debates around sex work, you’ve probably noticed that more and more people are conflating sex work and trafficking.
Of course, there have always been plenty of people willing to slut shame, attack, and blame women who have sex for money in order to try to control them. For some reason, these folks almost never talk about men and transgender sex workers, though. And as this article points out, “Legislation and social discussion have often blurred or denied any difference [between sex work and trafficking], but that has always made things worse rather than better for those involved.” Just to be clear, I would LOVE to live in a world in which nobody was forced, coerced, or tricked into sexual slavery. In any case, part of the problem is that most people who have not been sex workers don’t really understand how the industry works.
ON THE ISSUES: Works Hard For Her Money: Feminists and Prostitutes. Anarchafeministwhore. An ongoing debate is taking place in anarchist and feminist circles on the legitimacy of sex work and the rights of sex workers. The two main schools of thought are almost at polar opposites of each other. On the one side you have the abolitionist approach led by feminists, such as Melissa Farley who maintains that sex work is a form of violence against women. Farley has said that “If we view prostitution as violence against women, it makes no sense to legalize or decriminalize prostitution.” On the other side you have sex worker rights activists who view sex work as being much closer to work in general than most realize, who believe that the best way forward for sex workers is in the fight for workers’ rights and social acceptance and for activists to listen to what sex workers have to say.
Dialogues on Women’s Empowerment. Photo: VAMP, Sangli For many feminists, sex work - or prostitution as they would prefer to call it - symbolises oppression, victimisation and the exploitation of womanhood. These feminists look at the provision of sexual services through the framework of a rigid understanding of patriarchy, viewing it as objectifying women’s bodies, and as the commercialisation of sex. Hence, for feminists, prostitutes are victims of unequal power relations between the sexes. No ‘real’ woman would agree to do sex work, because if she does she is living under the illusion of ‘false consciousness’. We hear radical feminist activists talk of prostitution as ‘female sexual slavery’ and ‘sexual victimhood’. These perceptions echo the early reformist discourse, which view women as needing to be protected, preferably by laws, from lustful men. Violence against women (VAW) has focused on domestic violence, rape, sexual harassment, acid throwing etc.
THE PROSTITUTION EXPERIENCE. The question of what is a representative prostitute is an important one. I will answer it based on my own lived experience of prostitution and what I saw to be representative of the women I worked with, both indoors and outdoors and at the upper, middle and lower ends of prostitutions social spectrum. I do so because there were certain commonalities between the lives and the attitudes of the women in all these areas of prostitution. They were distinct and unmistakeable. A representative prostitute is somebody who’s lived experience of prostitution and consequential attitudes towards it are those experienced by and held by the majority. So of course in discerning what a representative prostitute is we need to look at what are the most commonly held attitudes among prostitutes, what are the most common opinions towards prostitution expressed by those who’ve lived it.
A detailed analysis of the interior experiences of the prostituted class has yet, in my awareness, to be undertaken. Your money, my body. A woman’s choice. You may think there is a man lurking behind this article but you have to take my word for it: I'm a woman and I have paid for sex. My decision, my choice. I'm not a middle-aged power executive paying for a male escort, nor a girlfriend pressured into acting out her boyfriend's fantasy. Actually, I'm a 20-something professional who suggested to my then boyfriend that he might like to try a 'threesome'. You could say I'm bisexual (though it's not so simple - no boxes, labels or easy definitions define my sexuality). And this wasn't my first time - though it was my first time paying for it. A woman’s choice. Dogmatic and deeply flawed. It is good to see Red Pepper addressing the important issue of prostitution and refreshing to have the opportunity to read the views of someone who works as a sex worker who doesn't fit the now dominant stereotype of either a tragic addict forced into selling sex on the streets to feed her habit or a victim of sex trafficking.
Juliet presents a lucid and persuasive case for decriminalisation as a necessary step towards tackling the extrinsic harms associated with some forms of prostitution. What is wrong with the radical feminist position? First, like all ideologies, it presents a moral position as if it was an objective account of reality. To define prostitution as inherently abusive is to adopt a particular moral position that is arguable but which can't be imposed by fiat. New Infosheets from the Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform! New research shows criminalization of clients endangers Vancouver sex workers and violates their human rights. Vancouver, B.C. The Canadian model: Ending exploitation or legislating moralism?
June 5th, 2014. Home. False Distinction Between Prostitution and Trafficking - Prostitution Research & Education. When Right-Wing Feminists Attack. The fight in Rhode Island over keeping indoor prostitution legal has descended into some decidedly muddier territory recently. Anti-Trafficking Review. The Anti-Trafficking Review promotes a human rights based approach to anti-trafficking. Watch sexworkerspresent Episodes. About this original series Videos made by sex workers from around the world! Anti-Sex Worker Activists and Organizations. Why Prostitution Can Make More Sense Than Working at Walmart. There’s a definite sociological pecking order when it comes to employment. Why Did Nicholas Kristof Believe Somaly Mam's Lies? Somaly Mam FoundationLast week, Somaly Mam resigned from the foundation she co-founded seven years ago. Sex Slaves and the Surveillance State. Somaly Mam, Nicholas Kristof, and the Real Sex Trafficking Story.
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Why Conservatives Believe Their Prostitution Bill Is Constitutional. Who do you listen to? On ‘listening to sex workers’ Canada’s New Sex Work Laws Are Taking a Big Step Backwards. Canada’s New Prostitution Bill Is Far from Perfect. Sex Work – Demeaning Practice or Basic Human Right? A feminist response to feminism. Complicity Vs. Cause In Trans-Misogyny And Violence » Sincerely, Natalie Reed. Debate in Deadlock? – Thoughts on Prostitution. Debate in Deadlock? – Thoughts on Prostitution. What Antis Can Do To Help, Part One: Aiding Those Still in the Industry. I’m a Happy Hooker — My Entrance Into the Sex Industry. Ins and outs of paying for sex. The 'Nordic model' of prostitution law is a myth. The 'Nordic model' of prostitution law is a myth.