Re: Re: discussion issues

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Altink s.m. (
Fri, 11 Sep 1998 09:57:16 +0200

I think this question is directed at me. In the bit about cleaning ladies I
was mostly discussing attitudes, especially towards prostitution or
sexwork. Whenever sexwork is mentioned, the question of volition is raised.
It is not done so in other lines of work, which people also may take up out
of economic necessity. So, if you want an action statement, it'll boil down
Stop probing the motives of sexworkers exclusively and concentrate on
conditions of force, dependency, economical exploitation etc. One doesn't
probe the psychological make up of other people who do any other job:
well-paid, underpaid, healthy, unhealthy, out of free will or 'chosen'
because there is no other job. This focus on volition is only reserved for
sexwork and is one of the reasons of its stigmatization.


> Van:
> Aan: Multiple recipients of list <>
> Onderwerp: Re: Re: discussion issues
> Datum: dinsdag 8 september 1998 15:42
> In a message dated 9/4/98 8:26:48 AM, you wrote:
> <<Either this is a chance to become more realistic about the issue or an
> > excuse to do nothing
> > >>
> I am not certain exactly what your point is in comparing the "choice" of
> "voluntary cleaning ladies" with "voluntary sexwork," but your sentence
> really caught my eye. The alternative to "doing nothing" is "doing
> something." What do you have in mind, besides "becoming more realistic"
> is an attitude and not an action. Would you be willing to propose an
> statement" which starts with a verb, describes the action to be taken,
> the "target" of the action and ends with the goal to be accomplished of
> "change in the public interest?" That would be something really worth
> discussing!
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Subject: Fourth Annual International CAPCAT Coalition Conference

The Fourth Annual International CAPCAT Coalition Conference

              Description: Two days of meetings, workshops, informal
discussions and presentations involving
              invited keynote speakers (to be announced), over 140 invited
Thai NGOs and international agencies, and
              private individuals, all working together on the issues of
poverty, education, HIV/AIDS, woman and
              child trafficking, prostitution and eliminating child abuse
through labor and prostitution. Optional visits
              to NGO project sites in Bangkok and other areas will take
place Saturday afternoon and during the week
              following the conference.
              Attendees: The conference is open to all members of CAPCAT
coalition groups and partner
              organizations, as well as all other private individuals,
members of the media, NGO workers and
              representatives, government and international agency
representatives, students, professors and
              researchers. There us no cost to attend, however we do
require an RSVP by November 10, 1998.
              Please contact Sean Parlaman at for more info.
              Dates: 12/12/1998 to 12/13/1998
              Languages: English
              Admission: Free
              Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
              Area of Focus: Children and Youth, Education, Women's Issues
              Organization: The CAPCAT Project-Thailand [Verified]
              Contact Person: Sean Parlaman
              Phone: 011 (66-2) 576-0899
              Fax: 011 (66-2) 576-1106
              WWW URL:
              Location: 333 Laksi Plaza, 12th Floor, Tower 1, Changwatana
Road, Don Muang, Bangkok, 10210,

Melanie Orhant

Human Trafficking Program
Global Survival Network

P.O. Box 73214
Washington, DC 20009
T: 387-0028
F: 387-2590

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