Re: Strategies against trafficking of

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Subject: Re: Strategies against trafficking of
From: DeWayne Brown (mountaindew@ibm.net)
Date: Mon Mar 01 1999 - 17:30:07 EST


> Good day,

Not meaning to split hairs here but I have often thought the time has come
to refine the definition of prostitution.

I don't see prostitution as the buying and selling of women. That would be
slavery. That is mostly what my clients are involved in. Prostitution is
the buying and selling of sex.

I see prostitution as slavery, power and control over the manipulated for
the purposes of exploitation and personal gain.
I also feel that that if a women or man makes an informed decision to
become a "sex worker", has a sense of esteem about their work, can keep
their income (minus what the gov't steals) and is their own boss, then they
are not involved in Prostitution. The are involved in the sex trade.

We must stop painting those who choose to sell sex and those who are forced
to believe they chose, with the same "prostitution" brush.

>
> >Prostitution is nothing more than the buying and selling of women.
>
> I continue to fail to see why prostitution is the buying and selling of
> women and other labor is not. When I worked as a sex worker, I did not
> sell myself any differently than when I worked as a waitor or social
> worker. I use my body in all my jobs...doesn't everyone?
>
> For me, once sexual abuse is eliminated, only then will I be willing look
at radical changes to my thinking.

> Once poverty is eliminated, I would be more willing to revisit the whole
> abolitiionist view on prostitution. Until then it feels an artificial
> division between types of labor.

Cheers,

dew


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