Diversion for sex work managers

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Salamon Alapitvany (salamon@ns.tiszanet.hu)
Fri, 23 Oct 1998 09:29:14 -0700

It was a few weeks ago that I posted a Times article about Hamburg sex shop
owners converting Eros Centres into accommodation for refugees. At that
time I mentioned some of the work we had begun seeking to reduce the
dependence of sex work managers on sex work income.

As part of that programme we targeted managers who were working with not
more than two women one of whom was also their regular partner and where
the partners had expressed that their involvement in sex work was to raise
funds to start another business.

We had engaged with five managers and offered them agencies selling wood
imported from Romania by our Foundation. We also made introductions to
clothing wholesalers and market managers to help managers get the
connections needed to start market trading.

We were visited tonight by two former managers and their former sex working
girl-friends, both young couples are now market trading in children's
clothing. They popped in to buy some wood for re-sale to a farmer they
know. Both couples have been out of regular sex work for more than three
months and say as long as they can make a living market trading they don't
intend to return to sex work. They also said that heavy policing also
factored in their decision to leave sex work.

They said the ability to raise capital through sex work enabled them to get
started in their new activities. Both couples had previously been
unemployed and turned down for business loans by banks. They also said that
if low-interest loans had been available for small businesses they might
have left sex work earlier.

It appears that if affordable loans were available to women and young
couples for business development in an economy that is able to support
small businesses some people might not enter sex work or be prepared to
leave or reduce their sex work activities.

We have had considerable contact with women in Romania who describe
entering sex work after having numerous small business activities destroyed
by local tax laws or restrictions on small importers and exporters. Many of
these women have gone on to migrate for sex work to Turkey where they used
to turn their sex work income into leather goods for resale in Romania.
However custom abuses and confiscations of goods have become so common that
many women no longer bring back goods for resale but rely only on sex work

It seems that appropriate engagement with managers can help reduce
dependency on sex work income, and adequate protection for small importers
would also help reduce dependancy.

Best regards

John Davies

Salamon Alapitvany and Ildiko K Memorial Civil Rights Institute

Working for peace and equitable justice for all marginalised people
Seeking to include sex workers within civil society without discrimination
Believing in change through consensus not repression.

Pf.1152, Balastya 6764, Hungary. Tel/Fax +36 62 278314.
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From: "Salamon Alapitvany" <salamon@ns.tiszanet.hu>
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Subject: Influencers
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 1998 21:58:52 -0700
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Dear List,

I am aware that I may be late to this discussion and that many of you may
have gone on to other things but I would just like a chance to say my bit.

It is with considerable interest that I have read the discussion that has
taken place through the list over the last weeks on the subject of
I have not made comment so far as I have been unsure as to what my opinion
on this subject is.
It seems to me that this is a subject that will have no end, that people
will have to agree to differ.
In my opinion the term "pimp" carries a stigma as does the term "whore".I
don't know if there really is a word or title that will ever be acceptable
to everyone. Some of the "influencers" that I come into contact with on an
almost daily basis could be put into the category of manipulative, violent
and mosogenistic. They see the sex worker as their source of income and as
such they are treated as no more than that. Others see the sex worker as an
individual with needs and they try and work together as a partnership. Both
these descriptions are very different and as such would need very different
names or titles. I look forward to hearing more on this subject and
hopefully through the list will be able to come to a better understanding
of this complicated subject. We are a non-prejudicial project and aim to
remain so.

As an aside to this it may be of interest to some of you that one of the
more business minded "influencers" called at our project yesterday to tell
us that he is leaving the sex work business and going into the clothing
business. He was always one of the more approachable and helpful
"influencers". He has had a considerable amount of trouble from the police
and sees this as a way out. We will seek to help him in his new venture in
any way that we can.

Best Regards


Salamon Alapitvany and Ildiko K Memorial Civil Rights Institute

Working for peace and equitable justice for all marginalised people
Seeking to include sex workers within civil society without discrimination
Believing in change through consensus not repression.

Pf.1152, Balastya 6764, Hungary. Tel/Fax +36 62 278314.
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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 10:55:56 -0500
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From: Melanie Orhant <mgo6@cornell.edu>
Subject: news: Fake travel paper syndicate busted

Fake travel paper syndicate busted
By Loong Meng Yee
The Star (Malaysia), October 22, 1998

SEPANG: The KL International Airport Immigration enforcement unit has
smashed a major foreign syndicate using Malaysia as its base to produce
forged local and international travel papers.

The latest success comes barely three weeks after the unit smashed a local
syndicate believed to have earned RM12mil on forged travel documents and
work permits for foreign workers.

Selangor Immigration Department director Dahri Ibrahim said the second bust
was more important as the syndicate forged not only local, but foreign
travel papers too.

"The syndicate was practically operating as a one-stop centre, processing
all kinds of forged documents -- from passports to boarding passes -- for
illegal entry into Third World countries," he said in an interview.

Dahri said the syndicate had been operating for several years and raked in
"business" worth millions of ringgit.

The KLIA team learnt of the syndicate on Oct 10 after arresting a Pakistani
leaving for Vancouver using a tampered Malaysian passport.

"Following interrogation, the enforcement team raided a hotel in Bukit
Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, at 12.30am on Oct 13.

"They arrested six illegals from Myanmar. They also seized 36 pieces of
forged Immigration receipts, temporary foreign workers' pass stickers and
visa stickers," he said, adding that the team also confiscated 12 foreign
passports in various stages of being doctored.

Dahri said each of the document was sold at between RM2,000 and RM3,000.

The syndicate, he said, was headed by a Myanmar who was now classified as a
wanted criminal.

In Seremban, Bernama reports that the Negri Sembilan Immigration Department
has detected three attempts at cheating to obtain Malaysian passports this

State Immigration director Abu Bakar Yeop said yesterday that the latest
was on Oct 12 when a 39-year-old Malaysian applied for a passport for a boy
he claimed was his son aged below 12.

But the boy's birth certificate revealed that he was 18 and not the man's son.

Abu Bakar said an Indian passport the boy had had been seized and that the
two would be charged in court today.

He said in March, a 38-year-old Malaysian tried to obtain a Malaysian
passport for a woman he claimed was his wife with a forged Malaysian
identity card.

Investigations showed that the 23-year-old woman was an Indonesian
national. The woman was jailed three months and deported while the man was
fined RM5,000 and jailed a day.

In June, a 30-year-old Malaysian tried to obtain a passport for a woman he
claimed was his wife by using his wife's identity card at the Immigration
Department in Port Dickson.

Abu Bakar said the woman pretended to be dumb and investigations revealed
she was an Indian national.

He said the woman was fined RM3,000 while the man was charged for
harbouring a foreign national.

Melanie Orhant

Human Trafficking Program
Global Survival Network

P.O. Box 73214
Washington, DC 20009
T: 387-0028
F: 387-2590
Email: morhant@igc.org

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