Prostitution Industry

If you are in the prostitution/sex industry in Australia and:

– you need help and support contact: Project Respect

– you want to leave the sex industry contact: Project Respect

– you want to talk to a counselor and/or gain access to connecting services, including police to report rape, assault, coercion, grooming, contact:

– you are unable to access Legal Aid yet need legal services, contact: Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre, Inc. RILC provides free and full legal services to trafficking victims in Australia.

– you want to report human trafficking – contact the Australian Federal Police on 131 AFP (131 237)

– you are feeling unsafe right now, call 000

If you have exited from the prostitution/sex industry in Australia and:

– you need help and support contact: Project Respect

– you need to talk to a counselor with access to connecting services, call 1800 737 732, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

– you are feeling unsafe right now, call 000

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*Women’s Orgs Worldwide Support Nordic Model of prostitution: During 2014 and 2015, women’s organisations and crisis centres worldwide, including survivors of prostitution, front-line services, women’s rights activists, female researchers, academics, doctors, journalists, writers and more, condemned Amnesty International’s (AI) draft, and later, their policy on “sex work”, which advocates for the ‘full decriminalization of the sex industry’ to governments worldwide. These women and organisations united in solidarity globally, to instead, support the Nordic model of prostitution by way of petitions, press releases, media interviews and social media posts, and were joined by traditional land owners, human rights activists, politicians and governments who also condemn full decriminalisation and instead support the Nordic model of prostitution. Excerpts from these statements here (by no means a complete compilation).
*Women take to the streets and Social Media for a Global Day of Activism protesting Amnesty International’s “sex work” policy for full decriminalisation, calling instead for the Nordic model of prostitution, 23rd October, 2015. see also: Why is a pimp helping to shape Amnesty’s sex trade policy? 2015 by 

Unethical practices produce New York Times’ ‘sex work’ story, 2016 by : “Bazelon’s claim that she’d known nothing of this topic or debate prior to beginning work on this piece seems even stranger as I discovered her connections to George Soros, a billionaire whose Open Society Foundations (OSF) not only is a major donor to Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch (HWR), and UNAIDS, but a number of sex work lobby groups across the world. Soros and OSF funded the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), which was revealed to be a front for a pimping operation last year, as their vice president, Gil Alejandra, who served as co-chair of the UNAIDS Advisory Group on HIV and Sex Work & Global Working Group on HIV and Sex Work Policy, was arrested for sex trafficking. (Bazelon spoke to the president of NSWP for her piece, but didn’t mention the trafficking conviction, though she had been made her aware of it by another interviewee, Rachel Moran.) The man who appears to be the biggest financial backer of the pro-legalization lobby in the world, whose organization isovertly pro-legalization and funded reports Amnesty International relied on in order to support their position also has longstanding ties to Bazelon and her family. Bazelon herself was aSoros Media Fellow in 2004 and her grandfather’s foundation, the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (Emily’s sister and mother both serve on the Center’s board), receives over a $1 million in funding from OSF…

“Bazelon’s claim that decriminalization will make “people’s lives better, and safer” is not only untrue, but is based on money, not facts… The money that supports efforts to legalize is vast and passed around among sex industry lobby groups, civil liberty and human rights organizations, and, apparently, journalists. The incentive to support decriminalization is very clearly financial — prostitution is yet another billion-dollar global industry. It is unconscionable to ignore that reality when discussing key players…

“While Bazelon claims the view she presents (which is, to be clear, her own) “poses a deep challenge to traditional Western feminism,” she’s ironically ignored the fact that Indigenous women and women’s groups say that prostitution never existed in their cultures until they were colonized by the West. Beyond that, almost all liberal American publications (many of which claim to be feminist) support the legalization of prostitution, as do, of course, privileged men. These are the voices and publications that dominate Western discourse and have the funding to promote their views. Men are the people who, at the end of the day, benefit from prostitution — their power is reinforced through its existence.” Full piece here.

*Do not believe prostitution can be made safe – or at the minimum safe enough to ignore again. Do not fall for the myths that indoors prostitution can be made safe and empowering and is somehow prostitute-friendly.

“Think clearer, and think of how the vast majority of male violence done to the non-prostituted is done indoors and by men that are known to the victim. Why, would prostituted females be the only females who are safe alone with men indoors – it makes no sense, maybe because it is pure rubbish or simple lying by those who profiteer from indoors prostitution.”Be real – punters who buy women are likely to see her as goods, these men are highly likely to be violent whilst thinking it is a non-event. These punters, whether or not they use street-based prostitution or the multiple forms of indoors prostitution, will usually be sadistic indoors.

“Look at the common murders of the prostituted – the Ipswich murderer brought the prostituted women off the street, but killed in the privacy of his flat, the same as the murders in Bradford. In Canada, the horrific murders of mainly indigenous prostituted women by a recent serial killer, was done in the privacy of his work-space.

“And, speak and truly hear exited women who did mainly indoors prostitution, and know our knowledge: that it is easy to make the prostituted just disappeared from brothels, disappeared from hotel rooms, disappeared from visits to the homes of punters, disappeared from sex clubs.

“It is normal for the prostituted to just disappear from the “safety” of indoors prostitution – but this is not important enough to be reported, not important to be crime or research statistics. No, put prostitution behind closed doors and like magic it is made invisible.” * Read more HERE and In this post: why and how these deaths are made to vanish. Rebecca Mott

 

If you think decriminalisation will make prostitution safe, look at Germany’s mega brothels – 2015

** Full Decriminalization/Legalization DOES NOT curb the trafficking of women and girls. Raids in Australia:

“The AFP’s manager of victim-based crime, Commander Glen McEwen, told a parliamentary inquiry into the regulation of brothels on Friday that there were 24 separate investigations involving alleged sexual servitude in the previous financial year, six of which were focused in NSW – and some still ongoing. But he believes that number represents a “fraction” of the abuse that is passing under the radar, describing the human trafficking problem as “wide and vast.”

“Commander McEwen supplied the select committee with a “snapshot” involving “opportunistic” criminal syndicates and vulnerable women, from Asia, “seeking to improve their own life, and those of their family, by moving to Australia for legitimate work.”

AFP reveals sex trafficking based in Sydney brothels September 2015

– The secret world of Melbourne’s sex trade

Trafficked women ‘forced’ into brothels

Legal brothels linked to international sex trafficking rings (Video, transcript and related videos)

Flesh trade –  interview with Commander Chris McDevitt, AFP Human Trafficking Unit. (Video)

Women used as sex slaves in Melbourne and Sydney

Sex slavery

– Melbourne sex worker ring leads to jail

Full Decriminalization/Legalization INCREASES trafficking. Australia:

“The community and individual damage wrought by prostitution in Sydney is now apparent to everyone, even foreign governments (South Korea sent an emissary to the state in 2010, to investigate the trafficking of its female citizens). NSW Police this year publicly admitted outlaw motorcycle gangs had links with at least 40 brothels in the state; a sex worker was set alight a few years ago; groups of women have been found debt-bonded to brothels; and individual women have been found dead in hotels.

The victims are often foreign. In 2012, researchers identified more than 50 per cent of their research sample in approved brothels in metropolitan Sydney as being of Asian or other non-English speaking country background, and nearly 45 per cent of these respondents as speaking only “poor” or “fair” English.”

Read more here: It’s time to clean up prostitution in NSW

Dr Caroline Norma is a lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University. Published November 10, 2015

It’s time to get serious about sex trafficking in Australia – Legalising prostitution has not made the women working safer.

– A Submission from the Australian Federation for the Family Against the Legalisation of Houses of Prostitution in Tasmania.

Prostitution and trafficking.

Legalising prostitution is not the answer: The example of Victoria, Australia.

– 10 Reasons for Not Legalizing Prostitution.

Global trafficking in women.

Remembering the murdered women erased by the pro-sex work agendaSince the Nordic Model was adopted in Sweden 16 years ago, not a single prostituted woman has been murdered by a john. Not one. 

“New Zealand, with only half the population of Sweden, has lost several prostituted women to gruesome murders committed by johns since full decriminalization was implemented in 2002 (13 years). 

“But let’s not just pick on New Zealand. In Germany, 55 prostitutes have been murdered since 2002 when prostitution was legalized. There have also been 29 attempted murders. 

“The Netherlands has almost the exact same overall murder rate as Sweden. But 28 prostituted women have been murdered in the Netherlands since the year 2000, when prostitution was legalized.” Full article here

Mean Girls: Why Do Australian [Liberal/mainstream] Feminists Care So Little About the Most Vulnerable? by Laura McNally, ABC, 6 Oct 2015: “I think back to Manila where the hunger of street kids was palpable. When around 40% of the Asian industry is estimated to be children and 80% of the red light zone is owned or managed by Australians, and frequented by Western sex tourists and paedophiles who pay a premium for children and indulge in dangerous unprotected sex acts. These men leave behind in their wakes hundreds of Filipino-Australian children who will grow up in poverty in the backstreet brothels.

Liberal feminists and leading human rights advocates alike claim that women in poverty can somehow better themselves in the sex trade. Yet an expanding sex trade only results in more women trapped in a cycle of poverty and violence. Rather than opening up new opportunities, women in the sex trade are far less likely to live to see 40 years of age due to the violence, illness and disease to which the johns expose them. Yet, according to first-world armchair philosophers, this situation constitutes “better off.”

“Australia’s main feminist outfits all but refuse to publish on sexual exploitation or trafficking across Asia, as I recently argued. The work of ending trafficking is left to piecemeal legislation and underfunded not-for-profits. Vulnerable women’s voices are blocked out of [Liberal/mainstream] feminist media in order to preference a few wealthy women in the Australian [sex] industry. Meanwhile, men travelling for sexual exploitation number in their hundreds of thousands – estimated to be around 70% of single males travelling to Asia – supported not only by lax laws and social norms, but also by a so-called feminist [Libfem] movement that is hell-bent on re-branding exploitation as choice [“sex work”]. Full piece here.

 

Human traffickers ‘using migration crisis’ to force more people into slavery by , Thursday 19 May 2016: “…Almost 96,000 unaccompanied children claimed asylum in Europe in 2015, about one-fifth of the total number of child refugees. But at least 10,000 unaccompanied children have dropped off the radar of official agencies since arriving in Europe, the EU police agency reported in January… EU authorities registered 15,846 victims of human trafficking in 2013-14, including 2,375 children, but the report’s authors believe the true number of victims is far higher. More than two-thirds (67%) of people were trafficked into sex work; about one-fifth (21%) were put into forced labour… The remainder of trafficking victims faced an equally grim catalogue of exploitation, ranging from domestic servitude to forced begging.

“It is not acceptable that women or people in general are a product to be sold.” Iceland.

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resistanceradioprn.podbean.com Gail Dines

* What the Prostitution Industry encompasses: “The Coalition against trafficking in women Australia, (the Australian branch of CATW International, a Non-Governmental Organization having Category II consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council), believe that ‘the prostitution industry should not be narrowly defined as simply street and brothel prostitution, but should be understood as encompassing escort agencies, strip clubs and the pornography industry’.

‘CATWA believes the Prostitution Industry poses a serious threat to women. The prostitution industry promotes a model of sex in which women are bought and sold as objects for men’s pleasure. Prostitution requires the objectification of women in order to exist and it requires, and creates, women’s continued inequality in order to function.’

‘CATWA believes that prostitution harms both the women directly involved in it and women more generally. Prostitution is harmful physically and psychologically for prostituted women, and this is supported by an ever-number of sociological studies. There is now substantial evidence that prostitution is not experienced as ‘just a job’ but, for the vast majority of women is experienced as a form of exploitation and sexual abuse. The prostitution industry poses a threat to all women through fostering a prostitution culture, where the buying and selling of women is normal and acceptable.’

‘CATWA believes that pornography and strip clubs can be seen to increase the legitimacy of the prostitution industry as a whole by depicting the commercial sexual exploitation of women as acceptable, and even entertaining and glamorous.’ Read More HERE

Trauma and Prostitution

* Trauma, Violence and PTSD from prostitution

* Prostitution, violence, and Post Traumatic Stress DisorderIn 1998, 88% of women asked wanted to leave prostitution.

* Prostitution: The human being dehumanized

* Indigenous women and girls

* Mortality in a Long-term Open Cohort of Prostitute Women

* Prostitutes are not sex workers, they are prostituted women – “It has been known since the late 1970s that a major precursor of women’s entry into prostitution is childhood sexual abuse. There is also empirical evidence of the damage to women’s social status, and the negative impact on women’s connection to local community, of the sex industry. Overwhelmingly, the social science and health literature condemns prostitution as a source of harm to women, as well as children…

…we seek [similar] government action against the sex industry as a driver of social harm. The criminalisation of pimps and sex industry customers is a necessary first step towards this goal, but we also call for public education about the reality of prostitution, as well as policy planning for programs and initiatives to assist women to leave the sex industry and build lives that reflect their worth as full citizens.” Dr Caroline Norma

SUBMISSION TO THE CONSULTATION ON THE PROSTITUTION LAW REFORM (SCOTLAND) BILL FROM THE NORDIC MODEL INFORMATION NETWORK: “We unequivocally support the removal of criminal sanctions for women who solicit sex and the strengthening of laws against coercion in the sex industry. On this basis we are in support of law reform that decriminalises solicitation and that focuses on women’s safety. We do not, however, support the general aim of the Bill to reform the law on prostitution in Scotland along the New Zealand model. We set out our reasons for this below. We think it is important from the outset to clarify and correct some of the misinformation, in particular about the Nordic Model, noted in the Consultation Paper.” Read more here

Prostitution is Incompatible with Equality Between Men and Women Psychologist and trauma expert Dr. Ingeborg Kraus’s lecture at the Madrid Conference, organized by La Comisión para la investigación de malos tratos a mujeres (The Commission for the Investigation of the Mistreatment of Women) Madrid, 15 October 2015

Prostitution is not a job** Human Rights for Women -versus- Amnesty International’s new “sex work” policy advocating for full decrim

* Eaves for Women response to Amnesty Consultation on prostitution  – “Eaves for women is quite clear that we do not wish to see women criminalised. This is essential to reduce stigma against women and to maximise women’s ability to feel confident in accessing justice and other support services and to exiting prostitution and building a new life. We value harm minimisation programmes that can help to support women in prostitution but we also strongly feel that there needs to be specialist support for women wishing to exit. Our position on prostitution is not related to any moral or religious approach but is about human rights and specifically women’s human rights and is informed by our work with women in prostitution and exited women in particular. We work from the principle that prostitution is not compatible with women’s dignity and equality and is indeed symbolic of women’s inequality and continued discrimination.

“Specifically in view of the high levels of harm women experience entering and in prostitution and given the gendered nature of prostitution, we consider prostitution as compatible with the 1993 Vienna Declaration, as 3 “gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women.” We consider that our approach on prostitution reflects CEDAW article 6 and a number of related declarations and recommendations that it is a form of discrimination that ‘impairs or nullifies the enjoyment by women of human rights and fundamental freedoms under general international law or under human rights conventions.’ A vision that seeks to ensure equality of access to human rights would include a vision that seeks to provide viable alternatives to women and girls than entering and remaining in prostitution. This does not preclude, at the same time, acknowledging the continued existence of prostitution and being also able to provide support to women in it. Eaves is known for challenging men’s demand to prostitution, indeed for challenging the demand for cheap “products and services” also in labour exploitation. We feel that it is not possible to work towards a vision of a society that is free from exploitation without challenging demand.” Read more HERE

rageagainsthemanchine.com

rageagainsthemanchine.com

* SPACE International public statement – “We object in every way to the message and tone of this document, beginning with its title which, by framing prostitution as ‘Sex Work’, obscures the very nature of prostitution itself. Prostitution is abusive and exploitative sexual violence against humans, most often women and girls, carried out by other humans, usually grown men, who are in positions of relative social, racial and financial privilege to the human beings whom they buy for sexual use and abuse.” Read more HERE

* Abolish Prostitution Now – “Former president of the United States and human rights champion, Jimmy Carter, is the latest big name to speak out against the proposal. In an interview with Robin Morgan, Carter said ‘it’s inconceivable to me that Amnesty International, or any other organisation that respects human rights, would endorse slave masters’.

“Escort agency manager, Douglas Fox, has claimed the credit for the policy’s development and advancement throughout the organisation. Fox manages one of the biggest escort agencies in the UK, along with his male partner. Fox has held leadership positions in Amnesty International, with an agenda of decriminalising prostitution.

“While escort agency managers have been given a voice by the international secretariat of Amnesty, survivors of prostitution and sex trafficking say they have been ignored by Amnesty’s international leadership.” Read more HERE

Why is a pimp helping to shape Amnesty’s sex trade policy? by 

Meet a 21st-Century Slave

“Plenty of well-meaning people back Amnesty International’s proposal for full decriminalization of the sex trade, including of pimps and brothels, and it’s certainly true that some women (and men) work in the sex trade voluntarily. Yet in practice, approaches similar to Amnesty’s have ended up simply empowering pimps. And while under these proposals human trafficking would remain illegal, the police would no longer have a reason to raid brothels to search for girls like Poonam. Both Poonam and Koirala think that full decriminalization is a catastrophic idea; if it were in place, Poonam might still be enslaved.”

“There is no protection to the powerless,” Koirala said of full decriminalization. “All the benefits go to the perpetrators and exploiters.”

“The blunt truth is that no strategy works all that well against trafficking. But maybe the most successful has been Sweden’s, cracking down on traffickers and customers while providing social services and exit ramps for women in the sex trade.” by Nicholas Kristof, Human rights, women’s rights, health, global affairs for The New York Times, October 24, 2015. Read more Here

* Prostitution Research and Education

* Ressources Prostitution – Prostitution resources. In French & English. Feminist & abolitionist.

* Coalition Against Trafficking of Women

* SPACE International Resources

Prostitution: The Swedish or the Dutch model? by Evie Embrechts

They Call it FantasyAndrea Dworkin (short video)

EXPUNGING PROSTITUTION CONVICTIONS ESSENTIAL FOR THOSE EXITING THE SEX TRADE – Simone Watson, Director NORmac

Men's choices* The Invisible Men Project: What do you think of HIS choice? UK and Canada

* What we know about men who buy sex

Demand Change: Understanding the Nordic approach to prostitution – Coalition against trafficking in Australia.

Why the Nordic Model is Safest for Women

10 myths about prostitution, trafficking and the Nordic model by 

Support the Nordic model. Support women to exit prostitution. Support women who have exited the prostitution industry. Support ending the Demand for prostitution.

* The law needs to reflect the trade’s abusive nature

Further resources on the Nordic model – by Feminist Current

* 16 years since decriminalizing, here’s what’s happening in sweden – “Sweden’s modern laws on prostitution are rooted in a particular feminist reading of its causes, namely that its existence is a product of gender inequality, and that by its very nature it violently commodifies women. The government shifted its legal rhetoric on prostitution to view it as a trade that invariably victimizes its participants, and thus has no business operating in a gender-equal society.”

*Who does the <International Union of Sex Workers> really represent?

Interview: The scarlet Alliance’s Jules Kim – Lateline ABC (transcript and video)

Lateline exposes harms of ‘sex work’: sex industry goes nuts, Australia

The ABC’s wank fest and sex industry promotion, Australia

* Scarlet Alliance/Sex Worker Collective’s misogyny, Australia. They DO NOT care about women.

* Reaching out to sex workers – Project Respect, Australia (transcript and video)

* Buying sex should be banned in Australia

Women forced into sex industry in Australia – Abbott must fund Exit Programs


* Amnesty International sells out women for men’s orgasms and profit

* Amnesty Action: a coalition of women’s groups and individuals opposed to Amnesty International’s policy of full decriminalisation of the sex industry – Directory of worldwide media releases here.

Does Amnesty International want legal prostitution? Robin Morgan

* Legalising prostitution has been a failed Experiment

* Women need to be making laws

*“How will Amnesty International’s Sex Trade Policy Impact on Human Rights, Poverty and Violence to Women Globally?” by Isla MacGregor for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Forum in Human Rights Week, Hobart 4 December 2015 – Australian feminist, environmental activist and whistleblower.

A Canadian judge, in a case about prostitution law there, questioned your expert-witness status in part because of your advocacy.

“After 20 years of research in this field, yes, I have become an advocate. Not to be an advocate would be profoundly unethical, as if I was a tobacco researcher and found that 80% of the time tobacco use was associated with cardiac disease and lung cancer but said it’s just fine if everyone smokes. We can’t just stay in some ivory tower pretending we have nothing to do with the real world. In downtown San Francisco, I’m seeing massage parlors controlled by organized crime; I don’t feel I can ignore that. I know women who have been in those places; they’re lockup brothels. So how can I ignore that, knowing the violence, the rape, the assaults, the emotional harm, the self-loathing that results after years of prostitution? So yes, I am definitely an advocate for abolishing an institution I think is very harmful.” Prostitution – it isn’t pretty: interview with Melissa Farley

I feel quite certain that the reasons feminists oppose prostitution and pornography are clear. We have gone over the arguments many times and left little room for confusion.

In short, the sex industry exists because we live in a capitalist patriarchy that places men, as a class, in a position of power over women, as a class. Within this system women’s bodies are seen as and treated as existing “for men” — for their use, for their pleasure. Men’s desire is prioritized above women’s well-being. Men will often hire prostitutes to do that which they “can’t” do to their wives or girlfriends, thus creating a class of abusable women, dividing us into worthy or “good” women and unworthy or “bad” women. At the same time, these systems make all women into things that are publicly accessible — we are to be groped, looked at, cat-called, fucked. Pornography serves to sexualize inequality and the degradation of women. It turns violence, gang-rape, and abuse into maturbatory tools. It teaches the viewer that male power and female subordination is “sexy.” It sexualizes incest and pedophilia. Both prostitution and pornography are deeply racist — creating, sexualizing, and perpetuating racist stereotypes about women that are then attached to misogynist practices. The prostitution of women of colour is, as Alice Lee explains to Chris Hedges, “an extension of imperialism” and “built on the social power disparities of race and color.” The prostitution of Indigenous women and girls, in Canada, is directly connected to our history of colonialism.*

Despite all that, when liberal feminists or leftist men who have chosen to avoid criticism of the sex industry in favour of “women have agency,” “sex work is work,” or “my body my choice” -type arguments, they tend, more often than not, to erase our actual critique, instead creating caricatures that can more-easily be dismissed or trashed.” Read more HERE

*Porn’s dirty secret: The view inside the sex trade

Prostitution emerges from the subordination of women. If that were not so then there would be men along the roadsides and women buying them. But men cannot ‘choose’ prostitution. Women do not have a sexuality of dominance and have not been reared to see men as objects for their use. Prostitution is about men’s rights and privileges from male domination to treat women as objects for sexual use. If there was equality then women would not be able to ‘choose’ prostitution because it would not exist.

“Sometimes an industry is so harmful, like the logging of old growth forests, that it has to stop despite the fact that some will lose their jobs. So the fact that some women say they ‘choose’ is not an argument against ending men’s prostitution abuse of women.

“Saying women choose is womanblaming. Prostitution is for men, not a welfare system for women and concentrating on why women are in prostitution allows the hiding of male responsibility and the role of men. The demand has to be stopped and the demand is from men.

“There are many reasons why individual women enter prostitution. Some are inducted by their parents. Some are rounded up at children’s homes by pimps and hooked on drugs to enable them to be sold. Some have heroin habits already. Some have debts or no other way of paying rent. Many have suffered so many other forms of abuse already that the violence of prostitution does not look so bad and they have already learnt to disassociate.” Sheila Jeffreys

To legalise or not to legalise 2014. Julie Bindel’s extensive research shows the harsh realities for women and children in countries around the world with full decriminalisation, as well as the success of countries who have adopted the Nordic approach.

“If full decriminalization would protect the women in British Columbia from this man, why did he celebrate when he thought the entire industry would be decriminalized?

His reaction:

“I guess I should ready the Trickmachine [his car] for an awesome cruisin’ season. It’s legal to pick up Ho’s on the streets now, Yahoo!”” by A Trick Of The Trade: If full decriminalization will protect women in prostitution from these men… why do these men want it?

Noam Chomcky pornography

  • The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) organized the first panel of solely survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations, 2013, video above.
  • Mia De Faoite speaks at Ruhama‘s Pathways through Prostitution seminar 2013; video above.

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“Male entitlement is a deadly seam running through male violence against women, whether coercive control, rape, prostitution, trafficking or femicide. Prostitution, pornography and trafficking are forms of violence against women, reducing women to commodities, possessions and objects for market exchange. Men are the purchasers, controllers and profit-makers, this market of women cannot be extricated from a context of inequality between women and men. At least 5 women killed last year (the same year as the ONS data) were women exploited through pornography and/or prostitution.” – by Karen Ingala Smith. Read more here: Femicide – men’s fatal violence against women

*Empowerment, Choice and Agency:All women live in sexual objectification like fish live in water. Given the statistical realities, all women live all the time under the shadow of the threat of sexual abuse. The question is, what can life as a woman mean, what can sex mean to targeted survivors in a rape culture? Given the statistical realities, much of women’s sexual lives will occur under post-traumatic stress. Being surrounded by pornography – which is not only socially ubiquitous but often directly used as part of sex – makes this a relatively constant condition. Women cope with objectification through trying to meet the male standard, and measure their self-worth by the degree to which they succeed. Women seem to cope with sexual abuse principally through denial or fear. On the denial side, immense energy goes into defending sexuality as just fine and getting better all the time, and into trying to make sexuality feel all right, like it is supposed to feel. Women who are compromised, cajoled, pressured, tricked, blackmailed, or outright forced into sex (or pornography) often respond to the unspeakable humiliation, coupled with the sense of having lost some irreplaceable integrity, by claiming that sexuality as their own. Faced with no alternatives, the strategy to acquire self-respect and pride is: I chose it.” – Catharine A. MacKinnonIf stripping were empowering

*What’s the difference between the pimp’s arguments and the so-called ‘sex-positive feminists’ arguments? What’s the difference between what Owide (pimp) says and the ‘sex work’ advocates who claim that prostitution and stripping are all about women making empowered choices? Who argue that anti-prostitution feminists can’t understand the difference between consent and slavery? Who claim that, so long as there is ‘consent’, anything goes?Here’s your answer: there is no difference. Those who claim to be feminists, who pretend that feminism is all about women making individual choices, who say that prostitution is simply a choice women make, are making the same arguments that the pimps are making.So what gives? Really? How can you call yourself a feminist and yet be onside with pimps. Do you think Owide is a feminist? Do you think he really, really wants to smash the patriarchy?Explain this to me, choicey choicey choice feminists. Why call yourselves feminists? Why uphold the exact same arguments the pimps are? Or is it that now the pimps are feminists too?Explain yourselves.” Meghan Murphy – Feminist Current. Read more HERE

* ‘Not a pimp, a manager’: The Toronto Star investigates sex trafficking in Ontario

* Liberal Feminism and The Prostitution Debate by MairiVoice referencing new book, The Freedom Fallacy: The Limits of Liberal Feminism edited by Miranda Kiraly and Meagan Tyler. Article HERE

Left feminism and the free choice debate by Evie Embrechts & Ida Dequeecker- ‘Sex Work’ – The Dignity Of Men. Call it what it is, it’s prostitution.- Why sex work isn’t workTracy could not have been Wendy or Jill, but she could have been any other woman in prostitution. Prostituted women are the ones at the coalface of the misogyny and pornography-fuelled attitudes.

***Further resources for men HERE

Images of highlighted Quotes by – Maxx Arturojimmy carter

If you are a woman inside the prostitution industry in Australia and:

– you need help and support contact: Project Respect

– you want to leave prostitution contact: Project Respect

– you want to talk to a counselor with access to connecting services about rape, assault, coercion, grooming, contact:

– you are unable to access Legal Aid yet need legal services, contact: Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre, Inc. RILC provides free and full legal services to trafficking victims in Australia.

If you are a woman who has exited prostitution and:

– you need support contact: Project Respect

– you need to talk to a counselor call 1800 737 732, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

If you are feeling unsafe right NOW, call 000

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