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WYSS Martin (mwyss@iom.int)
Thu, 3 Sep 1998 17:43:43 +0200


The lack of choice angle is particularly pertinent at this moment in time
when Russia's economy is collapsing and large parts of the Asian economies
are collapsing, too.

It is possible that all the recent international attention put together
won't "compensate" the effects of these economic woes.

Either this is a chance to become more realistic about the issue or an
excuse to do nothing

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> Sent: Thursday, September 03, 1998 5:02 PM
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> Subject: discussion issues
>
> I am researching the issue of trafficking and I keep coming upon the
> same theme: lack of choice. It seems to me that the women who get
> caght in the web of forced prostitution are desperate for economic
> sustenance and will grab at any opportunity to find employment. Once
> they realize what they are up against, it is too late and they are
> virtual prisoners in a life they did not choose. Moreover, assuming
> they are ever set free, what do they do then? If they are deported they
> end up exactly where they were before only now they are stygmatized. If
> they manage to stay in the country to which they have been brought, how
> are they supposed to make a living? Its a terrible problem. I am
> interested in opinions on these issues. I am also interested in hearing
> opinions on 2 other issues:
>
> 1) the issue of those who engage in the sex business on a voluntary
> basis and how the movement against trafficking is effecting their rights
> and abilities to make a living and
>
> 2) opinions on the bill pending in the U.S. Congress regarding
> trafficking and how it will or will not help the victims.
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Congratulations to all those who have recognized that almost all forms of
oppression and exploitation of women boils down to one basic flaw in our
system of human relations: LACK OF CHOICE. The ability to choose one's own
mate; the ability to choose whether or not to have children; the ability to
choose a vocation that suits one's talents and interests; the ability to
choose an education equal to the choices available to men; the ability to
choose to serve in the armed forces and rise as high in the echelons of
command as men in the military; yes, even the ability to choose to use one's
body for economic purposes if that is the only choice that seems possible to
the individual. Why are we not surprised that this is the case? Because we
live in a patriarchal, male-dominated world where women are the second sex and
their choices are limited to the ones allowed them by the dominant "class."
Which reminds me of a frequent refrain I hear: "I am a liberated woman. My
husband lets me do anything I want." How free is the person who requires
another's permission to do what they want, provided it is not hurting or
interfering with the choices of others, including the permission of their
government?!! Any more amazement about choice, or are we now together in
understanding the basic problem?
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From: s.m.altink@ipr.nl (Altink s.m.)
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Date: Thu, 3 Sep 1998 22:25:07 +0200
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I wonder if it makes sense to talk about voluntary prostitution. One
doesn't talk about voluntary cleaning jobs or about voluntarily working the
till when there are few or no other options. It is better to discuss the
difference between independent sexwork and prostitution to line the
pockets of other persons or a group of persons. Even if one is forced by
circumstance, one can still work independently.

By the way, no one asks a cleaning lady whether she entered the job
voluntarily or not. One assumes tacitly that she has accepted the job
because she likes cleaning, or there was no other job available. It is also
presumed that she pockets her earnings herself and spends it on herself or
her loved ones.

sietske

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> Van: WYSS Martin <mwyss@iom.int>
> Aan: Multiple recipients of list <stop-traffic@solar.cini.utk.edu>
> Onderwerp: RE: discussion issues
> Datum: donderdag 3 september 1998 19:58
>
> The lack of choice angle is particularly pertinent at this moment in time
> when Russia's economy is collapsing and large parts of the Asian
economies
> are collapsing, too.
>
> It is possible that all the recent international attention put together
> won't "compensate" the effects of these economic woes.
>
> Either this is a chance to become more realistic about the issue or an
> excuse to do nothing
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Notnim@webtv.net [SMTP:Notnim@webtv.net]
> > Sent: Thursday, September 03, 1998 5:02 PM
> > To: Multiple recipients of list
> > Subject: discussion issues
> >
> > I am researching the issue of trafficking and I keep coming upon the
> > same theme: lack of choice. It seems to me that the women who get
> > caght in the web of forced prostitution are desperate for economic
> > sustenance and will grab at any opportunity to find employment. Once
> > they realize what they are up against, it is too late and they are
> > virtual prisoners in a life they did not choose. Moreover, assuming
> > they are ever set free, what do they do then? If they are deported
they
> > end up exactly where they were before only now they are stygmatized.
If
> > they manage to stay in the country to which they have been brought, how
> > are they supposed to make a living? Its a terrible problem. I am
> > interested in opinions on these issues. I am also interested in
hearing
> > opinions on 2 other issues:
> >
> > 1) the issue of those who engage in the sex business on a voluntary
> > basis and how the movement against trafficking is effecting their
rights
> > and abilities to make a living and
> >
> > 2) opinions on the bill pending in the U.S. Congress regarding
> > trafficking and how it will or will not help the victims.
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From: s.m.altink@ipr.nl (Altink s.m.)
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Subject: Re: Job:Trafficking Prevention Coordinator, NIS-US Women's
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 1998 09:52:19 +0200
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Why is organizing sexworkers for better working conditions and independency
not included in the job subscription? I think that is basic in prevention
of traffic.

sietske altink

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> Van: Jyothi Kanics---Global Survival Network <jkanics@igc.apc.org>
> Aan: Multiple recipients of list <stop-traffic@solar.cini.utk.edu>
> Onderwerp: Job:Trafficking Prevention Coordinator, NIS-US Women's
> Datum: woensdag 2 september 1998 20:54
>
> Please circulate this widely. Apologies for cross-posting.
>
> **Position Announcement for Trafficking Prevention Coordinator, NIS-US
> Women's Consortium, Ukraine**
>
> Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development is seeking
> a Trafficking Prevention Coordinator for the NIS-US Women's Consortium,
> a USAID-supported coalition of women's groups in the New Independent
> States (NIS) of the former Soviet Union and the US. The Trafficking
> Prevention Coordinator will facilitate a project designed to increase
> the economic opportunities of Ukrainian women at risk of being
> trafficked into sexual slavery abroad. The position will be based in
> Kyiv, Ukraine with a significant amount of local travel within Ukraine.
>
> The NIS-US Women's Consortium is a membership organization currently
> composed of over 190 NGOs in Russia, Ukraine and the US as well as 9
> individual advisors with offices in Kyiv, Moscow and Washington DC. The
> Consortium is dedicated to increasing the capacity of NIS women's NGOs
> and empowering their leaders to raise women's status and strengthen
> their participation in the process of democratic transition. The
> Consortium provides women's leadership training, seed grants to NIS
> women's NGOs, technical assistance and information dissemination.
>
> The Consortium is now launching a trafficking prevention project in
> Ukraine to reach out to at-risk young women through 3 Trafficking
> Prevention Centers outside Kyiv. Each of the 3 Centers will conduct
> integrated Job Skills Training and Violence Prevention Programs. The
> Trafficking Prevention Coordinator will work out of the existing Kyiv
> office of the Consortium and will travel frequently to the 3 Centers.
> The Trafficking Prevention Coordinator will supervise approximately 10
> Ukrainian staff in these 3 Centers.
>
> The Trafficking Prevention Coordinator, in coordination with the West
> NIS Coordinator and Ukrainian Consortium staff, will maintain a
> functioning office in Kyiv including files, budget and communication
> procedures to facilitate Consortium activities. Other responsibilities
> will include:
>
> - Coordinating trafficking prevention activities of the NIS-US Women's
> Consortium with Ukrainian and international groups working on the issue;
> - Facilitating information and training exchanges with women's NGOs in
> Russia and Poland;
> - Collaborating with other USAID contractors and grantees to provide
> medical, legal and employment services to clients of the Centers;
> - Cooperating with current Ukrainian Consortium NGO members to ensure
> effective referral and information distribution networks in the Centers;
> - Providing technical assistance and information to local and
> international institutions interested in prevention of trafficking of
> women in Ukraine;
> - Assisting the West NIS Coordinator with management of a seed grant
> program for local women's NGOs;
> - Overseeing the Job Skills Training Program and Violence Prevention
> Program and assisting with publication of a bilingual English/Ukrainian
> training manual that covers these topics;
> - Assisting the Kyiv Legal Consultant with the development of a series
> of informational brochures on women's human rights and advocacy
> campaigns;
> - Preparing and presenting all written reports to USAID/Kyiv with
> support from the US Coordinator ; and - Providing financial reporting
> to Winrock HQ in conjunction with a Ukrainian staff accountant.
>
> Required qualifications include:
> - Ability to clearly articulate the issues involved in trafficking of
> women;
> - Experience with job skills training programs for women and/or
> prevention of domestic violence;
> - Demonstrated commitment to women's equality and familiarity with the
> women's movement in the NIS;
> - Bilingual English/Russian or English/Ukrainian fluency;
> - Public relations, negotiation, public speaking, and writing skills in
> both English and Russian/Ukrainian;
> - Ability to interact with donor organizations, international agencies
> and senior US and Ukrainian government officials;
> - Management, organizational, conceptual, and analytical skills;
> - Knowledge of USAID policies and procedures;
> - For US citizens, a master's degree and at least 3 years experience in
> the non-profit sector; for Ukrainians, a diplom and at least 2 years
> experience working in the U.S. ; and
> - Basic computer skills, with Microsoft Word preferred.
>
> Preferred qualifications include:
> - Background in training or adult education;
> - A law degree;
> - Small grants management experience; and
> - Extensive overseas travel and living experience.
>
> This position is available immediately. The US Coordinator will begin
> interviewing in Washington DC in September. The three top candidates
> will also be interviewed by the Kyiv Consortium staff.
>
> To request an interview, please send your resume, salary history and
> salary requirements to:
>
> George Mamo, Director
> Human Resources
> Winrock International
> 38 Winrock Drive
> Morrilton, AR 72110-9370 USA
> (501) 727 5242 fax
> jobs@winrock.org (PLEASE write "trafficking prevention" in the subject
> line)
>
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Subject: Conf: UNESCO meeting to fight child porn and prostitution

09:29 AM ET 09/03/98

UNESCO meeting to fight child porn on Internet

            PARIS, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Officials and experts on child
pornography will meet at the Paris headquarters of UNESCO next
January to coordinate a world-wide offensive against paedophilia
on the Internet, the United Nations agency said on Thursday.
            The announcement was made the day after about 100 people in
12 countries were arrested in what police said was the biggest
ever worldwide swoop on paedophiles operating on the Internet.
            The meeting will bring together police, experts in the
problem of child prostitution and anti-paedophilia groups such
as those created in Belgium after the sex killings of minors
there, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organisation said in a statement.
            ``It is high time that the international community stands up
against the violence and perversity victimising our children,''
UNESCO director general Frederico Mayor said.
            ``The information superhighways transport the best and the
worst. Pornography and paedophilia have moved in and they have
to be dislodged.''
            ``We cannot allow paedophilia, pornography and child
prostitution to pervert these routes of liberty.''
            British police said on Wednesday an investigation
coordinated through Interpol in 12 countries had recovered more
than 100,000 indecent images of children as young as two from
one U.S.-based paedophile club on the Internet.
           ``The content would absolutely turn the stomach of any
right-minded person. It is disgusting stuff,'' said Detective
Superintendent John Stewardson, who led the operation from
Britain.
            Police raided 15 addresses in Britain and similar swoops
were made in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Finland, France,
Germany, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and the United States.
            Raymond Kelly, commissioner of U.S. Customs, told reporters
in Washington the probe revealed ``the most extensive ring of
child pornographers ever uncovered.''
           ``The people who exploit children in this way think they can
hide in cyberspace. They are wrong. We will find them and bring
them to justice,'' he said.
           The Customs Service said it had opened the first federal
investigation into Internet child pornography in 1993. In the
last year, it said 189 people had been convicted in the United
States on charges relating to the possession, manufacture and/or
distribution of child pornography.
         REUTERS


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