Scarlet Alliance/Sex Worker Collective’s misogyny

Scarlet Alliance; Australian Sex Workers Association – “the national peak sex worker organisation in Australia”, receives government funding to fight sex trafficking/slavery, yet denies sex trafficking/slavery exists in Australia:

-Matthew Holloway for Nordic Model Australia Coalition (Normac) reveals some damning truths about Scarlet Alliance here, 08 May 2014: Minister must withdraw funding from Scarlet AllianceNORMAC is a leading Australian secular and inclusive organisation that campaigns for a Human Rights based approach to prostitution and the introduction of NORDIC model laws in Australia.

Interview: The scarlet Alliance’s Jules Kim – Lateline ABC (transcript and video)  [Broadcast: 13 Mar 2015

-“Jules Kim… from sex workers association Scarlet Alliance, said she had not met any women who had been duped into sex work.” [Sex slavery victims lives endangered by laws by Katri Uibu 26 Aug 2015]

-In contrast, (other Australian) anti-trafficking organisations state: “Victims arrive in Australia predominantly from South East Asia… The women are often tricked into prostitution, thinking they have come to Australia to work in an entirely different industry; or they have consented to work in the sex industry, but have not agreed to the lack of control over their lives.

“Anti-slavery organisations have also warned the form of trafficking has changed, with Working Holiday and student visas allowing human traffickers to bring victims to Australia apparently legally.

“I think the migration issue is an important issue to think about. We’ve seen that there have been plenty of cases of people holding proper visas and still being exploited here,” Anti-Slavery Australia director Professor Jennifer Burn, who offers legal advice and representation to trafficking victims, said. [Sex slavery victims lives endangered by laws by Katri Uibu 26 Aug 2015]

The Scarlet Alliance/Sex Worker Collective’s misogyny. Why they should not be funded.

“So this is for anyone still wondering why they oppose the Nordic Model, which decriminalises the prostituted and instead calls the men who buy and sell us the criminals. For anyone still wondering if they have a point and if this is all about sex being taboo and “stigma” and blah, blah, blah. For anyone wondering if you yourself should  oppose a model which provides exiting strategies and funding for women trying to leave prostitution .You can have a think about their ethics, their chants of “sex worker rights!”, their actual misogyny parading as some personal, stigmatised oppression from “moralists” and  “rescuers”. You can have a think about how these ‘advocates’ who claim to be “run by sex workers, for sex workers”, even if they are in management positions and don’t have to sell sex at all ! treat women such as myself and so many others who actually give a shit about women.  Would you call a woman entered into prostitution as a child a “Migrant Sex Worker”?  And what would you give to know back then, when you were being “liberal” and “Choosy-Choice”, what you know right now?

They are calling for more funding . The Scarlet Alliance just received an extra of $960,000,(on top of the funding they have already received, which adds up to millions), for their place on a board to fight sex-trafficking.

Yes, you read that right. A group which denies sex-trafficking exists is on an advisory panel with the Abbott Government’s National Anti-Trafficking Plan.

Take a moment. I understand.” Read more HERE

Australian men are not just exploiting vulnerable women on Australian soil

“…around 40 per cent of the Asian industry is estimated to be children and 80 per cent 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…

“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 [mainstream/liberal]feminist media in order to preference a few wealthy women in the Australian industry. Meanwhile, men traveling for sexual exploitation number in their hundreds of thousands — estimated to be around 70 per cent of single males traveling to Asia — supported not only by lax laws and social norms, but also by a so-called feminist movement that is hell-bent on rebranding exploitation as choice.” Full piece here, Oct 7, 2015 by

Nordic Model of Prostitution

An Alternative Legal Route: Penalizing the Demand There is no evidence that legalization of prostitution makes things better for women in prostitution. It certainly makes things better for governments who legalize prostitution and of course, for the sex industry, both of which enjoy increased revenues. The popular fiction that all will be well in the world of prostitution once the sex industry is legalized or decriminalized, is repudiated by evidence that the degradation and exploitation of women, as well as the harm, abuse, and violence to women still remain in state-sponsored prostitution. Statesponsored prostitution sanitizes the reality of prostitution. Suddenly, dirty money becomes clean. Illegal acts become legal. Overnight, pimps are transformed into legitimate businessmen and ordinary entrepreneurs, and men who would not formerly consider buying a woman in prostitution think, “Well, if it’s legal, if it’s decriminalised, now it must be O.K.”

Governments that legalize prostitution as “sex work” will have a huge economic stake in the sex industry. Consequently, this will foster their increased dependence on the sex sector. If women in prostitution are counted as workers, then governments can abdicate responsibility for making decent and sustainable employment available to women. Instead of abandoning women in the sex industry to state-sponsored prostitution, laws should address the predation of men who buy women for the sex of prostitution. Men who use women in prostitution have long been invisible. Legislators often leap onto the legalization bandwagon because they think nothing else is successful. But there is a legal alternative. Rather than sanctioning prostitution, states could address the demand by penalizing the men who buy women for the sex of prostitution.

Sweden has drafted legislation recognizing that without male demand, there would be no female supply. Thinking outside the repressive box of legalization, Sweden has acknowledged that prostitution is a form of male violence against women and children, and the purchase of sexual services is criminalized. The inseparability of prostitution and trafficking is recognized by the Swedish law: “Prostitution and trafficking in women are seen as harmful practices that cannot, and should not be separated; in order to effectively eliminate trafficking in women, concrete measures against prostitution must be put in place” (Ekberg, 2003, p. 69). Sweden’s Violence Against Women Government Bill (1997/98:55 (4), prohibits and penalizes the purchase of “sexual services” (Swedish Government Offices, 1998). This approach targets the male demand for prostitution… The Swedish legislation criminalizing the buyers is based on the policy that “Prostitution is … an obstacle to the ongoing development towards equality between women and men (Swedish Government Offices, 1998, p.2).” Furthermore, the law against purchasing sexual services is part of a wider Violence Against Women Bill that allocates resources to support the development of alternatives for women in prostitution.

…Several polls, conducted in 2000 and 2001, show that approximately 80% of the Swedish population support the law. Of those who want to repeal the law, the majority are men, with only 7% of women in support of repeal (Jacobson, 2002, p.24). Most importantly, women who are attempting to leave prostitution support the law (Ekberg, 2001). Swedish NGOs that work with women in prostitution also support the law and maintain that since passage of the law, increased numbers of women contact them for assistance. The very existence of the law, and the fact that people know it will be enforced, they say, serve as an aid to young women who are vulnerable to pimps and procurers (Ekberg, 2001).

Street prostitution has declined in the three years since the law was passed. The number of prostituted women has decreased by 50%, and 70-80% of the buyers have left public places. Furthermore, a police representative maintained that there is no indication that prostitution has gone underground, or that prostitution in sex clubs, escort agencies and brothels has increased (Björling, 2001). Police have also stated that the Swedish law prohibiting the purchase of sexual services has had a chilling effect on trafficking (5)… Women’s and human rights groups should be advocating for study and replication of the Swedish law. Instead of giving carte blanche to profoundly abusive sex industries, governments should respond to the male violence and 13 sexual exploitation of women in prostitution by legally addressing the demand for prostitution.” Ten Reasons for Not Legalizing Prostitution And a Legal Response to the Demand for Prostitution, Janice G. Raymond, 2003

-“The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women is a feminist human rights nongovernmental organisation that works internationally and nationally to oppose all forms of sexual exploitation. CATW has Category II Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Australia (CATWA) is part of CATW International. CATW international is organised by regions. The Australian branch is part of the Asia-Pacific region which is organised from Quezon City, Philippines. CATWA supports the Nordic Model of prostitution: “Demand Change: Understanding the Nordic Approach to Prostitution” (2013)

-Nordic Model Australia Coalition (NORMAC) supports the Nordic Model of prostitution: NORMAC is a leading Australian secular and inclusive organisation that campaigns for a Human Rights based approach to prostitution and the introduction of NORDIC model laws in Australia.

Women’s Orgs Worldwide Support Nordic Model of prostitution 2014/15

The Harms of Indoor Prostitution for Women: A Research Review, School of Social Sciences La Trobe University, Melbourne, 2012. “Conclusion: As this literature review has discussed, brothel sex (legal and illegal) work is currently under researched, both in terms of the violence that is committed against the women and the policies currently in place to aid the exiting of women from sex work into other legitimate forms of labour. We have demonstrated that the harms against women working in brothels  are not only physical violence such as in the from of assault and rape, but also includes harm in the form of the mental and emotional well being of thee women, as well as health impacts on their bodies. Some women do use alcohol, legal and illegal drugs to cope with the stresses of their work and also lead unhealthy lifestyles which impact on their general wellbeing. Exit programmes are currently underfunded in Victoria, and it is necessary for government and formal support groups to identify the needs of brother workers as being distinct from women working in other sex work especially street sex work.” Prepared by Dr Anastasia Powell and Dr Vicky Nagy

When pro-prostitution/full decriminalisation advocates cite research from the Sussex Centre for Migration Research at the University of Sussex. to prove their denial of sex trafficking/slavery/exploitation/abuse, remember this exposé by Julie Bindel, excerpt below:

“The pro-prostitution and trafficking denial that is foundational to the academic culture at the Centre becomes even less surprising in light of the fact that student accommodation at the University of Sussex was literally used as a brothel by an international prostitution ring. In 2014, five men and a woman were convicted of trafficking after recruiting at least 53 “poor and vulnerable” Hungarian women into the UK, prostituting a number of them at the University of Sussex.

“In the meantime, John Davies, currently behind bars, counting the years until he is a free man, is surely finished as a reputable academic, receiving grants, delivering papers at conference, and advising at governmental level what we should do about the trafficking of women into the sex trade… Or is he? Will those in the academic world that are hell-bent on nurturing any support they can in their quest to sanitise the sex trade still see him as one of their own? Full piece here, published on Feminist Current, June 10, 2016 by Julie Bindel

Related Posts:

Countries with Legal Sex Industry: Impacts on Women – in countries where prostitution is either legal or fully decriminalised (including for pimps and johns), or where current laws to curb the sex industry and provide exit programs for women aren’t enacted.

 

Prostitution Industry – Directly relating to Australia where possible
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Buying sex should be banned in Australia, By Meagan Tyler, Victoria University, 6 DEC 2013

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