X-post #7 [end-violence] Re: Strategies against trafficking of women

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Subject: X-post #7 [end-violence] Re: Strategies against trafficking of women
From: Jyothi Kanics (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Date: Thu Feb 25 1999 - 13:51:41 EST


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From: Dianne Post <diannepost@glasnet.ru>
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Subject: [end-violence] Re: Strategies against trafficking of women
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 11:36:06 +0300
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I am an attorney for over 20 years working on women's rights. I completely
disagree with the Empower approach as it is a continuation of the
exploitation of women and treating women as objects. It completely negates
the goal of equality between women and men. I completely agree with Laura
Astaurias and her approach to not punishing the women while working to end
the exploitation.

As for child and youth prostitution, there is one day difference between a
l7 year old girl and an l8 year old woman. How does that one day make a
difference between exploitation and her alleged "choice"? These are
artificial distinctions which are necessary under the law, but in real
life, application becomes very difficult. It is easy to say a l0 year old
should not be prostituted but what happens on the margins? How about a 20
year old with an IQ of 83?

Prostitution is nothing more than the buying and selling of women. I
thought that became illegal in the l8th century?

dianne post

On Friday, February 19, 1999 8:56 PM, Soraya Hoyos wrote:
>
> 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.
>


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