Fw: [end-violence] Re: Legalization of prostitution

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Subject: Fw: [end-violence] Re: Legalization of prostitution
From: John Davies (JDavies@tesco.net)
Date: Fri Oct 29 1999 - 17:35:35 EDT


>The sanlaap argument would hold true for every instance of child labour
>exploitation and abuse.
>
>As such the carpet weaving industry of India should be immediately and
>completely criminalised and totally repressed as the only way to prevent
the
>immense abuse of children in that setting. Abuse that oftens includes
sexual
>harrassment in the workplace.
>
>The exploitation and abuse of children is to be rejected and as such
>measures should be taken to protect children from exploitation in any work
>place, including the commerical sex environment.
>
>However the suffering and exploitation of children do not totally define
the
>sex industry and sex work in India. The exploitation of children is not
>work. Child labour is about unequal power relationship and the lack of any
>reasonable contractual relationship, it is a slavery-like practice.
>
>Prostitution that is work is something else.
>
>Work and exploitation often share a similar space. Such proximity can be
>very confusing. The exploitation of children can often be located close to
>the place of exploitated adults, who can be occupying a similar space to
>others who are engaged in work.
>
>Child exploitation and abuse in other work places has been successfully
>addressed by aggressive criminal and labour laws and the development of
>trade union action. Similar action could bring change to such problematic
>areas as the carpet industry and sex work in India.
>
>Institutional care for "rescued" children as an alternative to sex work
>involvement is also problematic, it is not a "proper childhood", and in
many
>places is often considered as a precursor or indicator to later involvement
>in exploitative areas of prostitution. Such care is needed but it is often
a
>mixed blessing.
>
>Addressing the very serious issue of child exploitation requires micro and
>macro responses, but confusing child exploitation or the exploitation of
>adults, with the work of adult sex workers will not serve the needs of
these
>groups.
>
>John Davies
>


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