Subject: Re: Campaign Against Legalization of Prostitution
From: Lacey Sloan (lsloan@UH.EDU)
Date: Mon Feb 22 1999 - 10:47:23 EST
Got the following with great confusion....Haven't we clarified several
times on this list that we do not see prostitution as exploitation in and
of itself...Only in forced, fraudulent and coerced situations?
There, the very first sentence is contradictory to the purposes of this
list. I say, send letters in opposition to the ban on legalization.
>Prostitution is a deprivation of women's human rights. It is with great
>concern we read the International Labor Organization (ILO) study "The Sex
>Sector: The Economic and Social Bases of Prostitution in Southeast Asia."
>The ILO study on prostitution forwards a not too subtle recommendation to
>legalise prostitution, citing the industry as an "economic sector."
>Undoubtedly, prostitution and other activities related to sexual
>exploitation earn billions of dollar world-wide. In Japan alone the so
>called entertainment industry brings in an amount that is nearly equivalent
>to its military budget. The ILO study presumes that everybody, including
>the women and children trapped in prostitution, benefit economically.
Lacey Sloan, Ph.D., MSSW
Graduate School of Social Work
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204
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