X-post #6[end-violence] Re: Trafficking

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Subject: X-post #6[end-violence] Re: Trafficking
From: Jyothi Kanics (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Date: Wed Feb 24 1999 - 09:06:56 EST


>Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 10:02:48 -0600
>From: Lacey Sloan <lsloan@UH.EDU>
>Subject: [end-violence] Re: Declaration of rights on sex trafficking
>
>Hi all,
>
>I continue to be dismayed by the recent postings to the list, perhaps I
>have been quiet too long. Once again, I disagree...
>
>>However, to decriminalize
>>prostitution as a site of work is to indemnify the pimps, procurers and
>>buyers of women, as well as the brothels and houses of prostitution in
>>which women are kept, often in conditions of virtual slavery. To do so
>>is to accept that a certain class of women are destined to be used for
>>profit and male consumption, and their bodies commodified for male
>>pleasure.
>
>Legitimating other work does not diminish our objection to debt bondage,
>slavery and sweat shop conditions. Why is it that you believe
>decriminalizing sex work will do this?
>
>>There are those who would make distinctions between forced and free
>>prostitution. The choices of women existing in conditions of sex
>>trafficking and prostitution are severely circumscribed, if such choices
>>exist at all. Rather than speak about womens consent to prostitution and
>>womens right to engage in prostitution, we should emphasize womens
>>compliance with the limited options available to them. Women enter
>>prostitution as a result of overt force and deception but also as a
>>result of deprivation and despair.
>
>It is a false statement that all women enter prostitution as a result of
>deprivation and despair. Under this description, anyone who lives in
>conditions of poverty is forced into any work that they accept...again, it
>makes no sense to single our prostitution as different from other work
>into which a person may be forced. It also makes no sense to say that
>women can not choose sex work. Everyone of us can identify work that would
>be disgusting and reprehensible...for some of us that is cleaning toilets,
>for others that would be sex work. Poverty needs to be outlawed, not
>prostitution..
>
>>We believe that women have the right to humanitarian assistance to help
>>them out of prostitution and sex trafficking rather than humanitarian
>>assistance to keep them there in prostitution
>
>The two are not mutually exclusive...women can be helped out and helped
>while in prostitution. If a woman is prostituting, I want her to be as
>safe as possible, no matter the reason for her choice. If she has been
>forced, frauded, kidnapped, etc., her perps should be prosecuted as such,
>and she should be helped as she needs.
>
>>We do not believe that sex trafficking and prostitution are legitimate
>>forms of work that governments should approve and sanction.
>
>Again, I thought this list was quite clear that we have defined
>trafficking as forced...clearly making a distinction, as did the UN
>platform on women, between forced and non-forced. I refuse to accept the
>essentialist argument that to be born female precludes the ability to make
>choices, even under conditions of poverty.
>
>The recommendations are for the most part, paternalistic, stigmatizing,
>controlling and just plain offensive. Someone seems to have a problem with
>sex. Putting a price on sex does nothing to harm sex or the people who
>engage in sex for money. Why deny these women the right to partner and
>migrate for business. This is so paternalistic. Women can be more than
>victims. And to not let consent be considered a defense?! Once again, how
>demoralizing do you want to be? I have a right to choose, even in times of
>poverty. This is as controlling as any man ever was. Women are not
>children, where consent is not an issue. Most people do have third parties
>that profit from their work. Why must you insist that sex work be any
>different.
>
>Lacey Sloan, Ph.D., MSSW
>Assistant Professor
>Graduate School of Social Work
>University of Houston
>Houston, TX 77204
>713.743.8105
>713.743.8149 (fax)
>
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