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Selling Sex: How Abolitionist Feminists Hurt Sex Workers | Conducive Chronicle - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal

Mar. 4th, 2011

08:05 am - Selling Sex: How Abolitionist Feminists Hurt Sex Workers | Conducive Chronicle

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In order to fuel the rescue industry and ensure the continued existence of their funding, anti-sex work organizations are forced to adopt statistics and numbers based on shaky research and promote them as solid, incontrovertible fact. These numbers are then adopted by politicians, repeated by journalists, and finally accepted as ‘the truth’ by average people, until it seems that the world is overrun by naive, powerless sex slaves in need of our benevolent rescue and rehabilitation. But the problem isn’t just the inflated numbers and misleading statistics, but that the policies enacted based on them are so detrimental to the lives and well-being of sex workers around the world.
via cchronicle.com

Via Amanda Brooks.

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Date:March 4th, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
I know a "sex worker". She doesn't have a pimp or whatever. she's self employed. And rather friggin well off. I am constantly amazed when she tells me how much someone will pay her to take her to dinner. And I mean JUST TAKE HER TO DINNER. not that she doesn't also get paid for sex, but much of her client time is spent doing normal boyfriend/girlfriend things.
She makes almost twice what i do. Probably a bit more...
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Date:March 5th, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
When we criminalize an activity, we withdraw that activity from the protection of the law.

I think sex work should be legalized so that it is no longer de facto legal to abuse sex workers.

Pimping should remain unlawful and be more stringently enforced, as it involves so many other personal crimes of violence. Pandering should be regulated.

There are cases where people are transported from country to country and forced into sex work. This is a human trafficking issue, not a sex work issue. Legalizing sex work would drag this out into the open, and keeping sex work a crime creates a market for human traffickers.
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