X-post # 13 [end-violence] Re: Strategies against trafficking

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Subject: X-post # 13 [end-violence] Re: Strategies against trafficking
From: Jyothi Kanics (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Date: Mon Mar 08 1999 - 14:44:04 EST


From: Sue Metzenrath <scarlet@dynamite.com.au>
Subject: [end-violence] Re: Strategies against trafficking of women
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 1999 11:21:20 +1100

On 1 March 1999 Pearl-Alice Marsh wrote:

> It seems to me, so few women "benefit" from sex work -- even where it is
> legal --

Where do you get your facts from?? In your perspective how do you define
benefit and how have you analysed this notion.

I am a sex worker working in a legal system, have a masters in
geochemistry, currently doing a law degree and have recently written a
book in collaboration with Roberta Perkins (world renowned researcher into
the sex industry) where we analysed self employed sex workers in Sydney
and Canberra (both cities in Australia) with their brothel counterparts
and the average Australian non-sex worker woman.

In our study, we could only conclude that self-employed sex workers were
at the forefront of the feminist movement in terms of their aims. That is
they were economically better off then their brothel and other women
counterparts, were more likely to be married later in life, having less
children, and were six times more likely to have a tertiary degree than
the average Australian woman. In general, across Australia we tend to see
that between 8-10% of sex workers are university students.

Just on this parameter alone (being able to pay for a tertiary education)
is clearly a benefit.

Regards,

Sue Metzenrath


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