Subject: X-post # 3 from [end-violence] Re: Strategies against trafficking of women
From: Jyothi Kanics (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Feb 23 1999 - 18:07:13 EST
>Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 12:56:55 -0500
>From: Soraya Hoyos <email@example.com>
>Subject: [end-violence] Re: Strategies against trafficking of women
>Dear Working Group,
>I am a consultant for the Women and Gender Equity Area of the UNICEF
>Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean. As I found this
>network a very enriching way of discussing and thinking thoroughly
>about sensitive issues, I would like to add a question to the debate
>on trafficking of women.
>I fully agree with the Empower Foundation statements and think we should
>start networking on the issue. My worry is that the difference between
>children and adult population is not sufficiently stressed. We should not
>talk about prostitution or sexual work whenever it refers to children, but
>about sexual exploitation. It is difficult to state that in the case of
>children or adolescents who come very often from poor social sectors,
>without having access to education and other life opportunities, it is a
>free decision to go into prostitution or commercial sex.
>Let me quote here two sentences of the Declaration of Sexually
>Exploited Children and Youth (International Summit held in Victoria,
>BC, Canada, March 1998):
> "We declare that the term child or youth prostitute can no longer
> be used. These children and youth are sexually exploited and any
> language or reference to them must reflect this belief.
> We declare that the commercial sexual exploitation of children and
> youth is a form of child abuse and slavery (...)".
>Would it be a good proposal to decriminalise prostitution when it relates
>to children and adolescents? Or would that legitimate the sexual
>exploitation of children and young people only because society is not
>willing to give real life opportunities to them?
>Decriminalising child prostitution and child labour could lead us to
>protect child labour and exploitation instead of struggling for new,
>healthy and safe opportunities for boys and girls. In this sense, my
>opinion is that we should always make the difference between adults and
>children when talking about prostitution, sex-work, domestic work,
>catering, entertainment or any other form of labour, and that we should
>put our efforts on education as a vital strategy in the struggle against
>the sexual or other form of exploitation of children and youth.
>Trans. 38 No. 100-25 P.3
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