Subject: Re: Fw: Kosova trafficking
From: Steven Russell Galster (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Sep 11 1999 - 18:39:01 EDT
Thank you for the interesting insight on the Kosovo situation. I for one
would like to hear more. I sense that you fear that the sometimes amorphous
"anti-trafficking" crowd might hurt the situation more then help it, namely
by assuming that most women entering the commercial sex work world are
doing so involuntarily. I can understand your fear.
Nonetheless, you do mention that some women are being deceived. Can you
talk a little more about that, and perhaps prescribe ways in which
enforcement, education, and development policies should be designed to
differentiate between the those who are deceived/coerced, and those who are
not, while still effectively reaching true victims of trafficking. Thanks,
Steve Galster, GSN
At 03:18 PM 9/11/99 -0400, John Davies wrote:
>>We have spent the summer in Greece and Southern Albania working among
>>migrant sex workers.
>>We had contact with several women from Kosova and Serbia working in
>>Some of the Kosovan women described their induction to sex work as being a
>>direct consequence of breakdown of the ability of their male family members
>>to control them. As the Kosovan patriarchy broke down women were able to
>>enter sex work for the first time, while others were inducted using
>>However our work among expectation and perception in sex work showed that
>>deception can often be a matter of perception.
>>Overall the main permissive factor that acted as a precusor to Kosovan
>>induction to sex work was the breakdown of the family males' ability to
>>control female family members.
>>Several Kosovan women expressed their intent to continue in sex work and
>>to return to Kosova.
>>Any policy that fights "trafficking" by supporting patriarchy would work to
>>avoid the exploitation of women by some men by ensuring the property rights
>>of Kosovan fathers and husbands over Kosovan women.
>>Some women definitely see sex work as an opportunity to leave behind the
>>oppression of Kosovan men.
>>There is also a perceived class divide and several Kosovan women saw that
>>their stigmatism in Kosova, as the result of middle class, middle aged
>>who don't understand working class women's attitude to selling sex.
>>It would be interesting to know if any Kosovan sex workers have been
>>to attend any of the meetings ?
>>Our project will resume early next year.
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