X-post # 11 [end-violence] Re: Strategies against trafficking of women

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Subject: X-post # 11 [end-violence] Re: Strategies against trafficking of women
From: Jyothi Kanics (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Date: Tue Mar 02 1999 - 16:45:59 EST


From: Pearl-Alice Marsh <pearl@africapolicy.org>
To: end-violence@edc-cit.org
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 1999 10:00:11 -0800
Subject: [end-violence] Re: Strategies against trafficking of women

I am a newcomer to the discussion and apologize if my intervention is off
the mark. However, I agree with Dianne Post concerning the false
distinction between 17 year old "girls" and 18 year old "women" or "sex
workers." I've never found satisfactory measures for identifying what is
ligitimate "sex work" vs. "exploitation." It seems the "worker" model has
always relied on the commodification of sex and placed it along side
toothpaste, bread, and vegetables in the marketplace. Somehow, there seems
to be a difference.

It seems to me, so few women "benefit" from sex work -- even where it is
legal -- it should give pause to those in the wider community who seek to
legitimate this activity. To me, it is analogous to the American lobby
defending the right to own guns based on the 5 percent who are
"responsible" while the country is wracked by fraticidal carnage in poor
communities by the other 95 percent. I guess it is a matter of proportion
and perspective.

pearl-alice marsh

Pearl-Alice Marsh
e-mail: pearl@africapolicy.org
Africa Policy Information Center
110 Maryland Avenue, N.E., #509
Washington, D.C. 20002


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