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From: Tracey TieF - Posted: 15-Jun-11 - 14:27
Since when does criminalizing the victim help the victim? This is the same mentality that sustains the oppression of women under fundamentalist regimes!
While well meaning, these opinions by women's groups are misinformed and dangerous. As a feminist and former sex work activist, I cannot believe that women - indeed any human being - would support the continuation of laws that endanger and marginalize women's (and men's lives) by: ~ preventing prostitutes from working together ~ preventing prostitutes from working indoors and in their own homes and establishments ~ preventing prostitutes from having family relationships with sons, fathers, partners ~ preventing prostitutes from hiring people to protect them on the job ~ criminalizing huge numbers of women (and some men). In most Canadian prisons, the majority of inmates began their "criminal" career in sex work. A disproportionate number of these unnecessarily criminalized women are First Nations and women of colour.
We don't need new and different laws for sex workers - occupation health and safety, extortion, kidnapping and other laws supposedly cover all people in Canada. Let them apply to this most stigmatized group!
Like it or not, sex work is legal. Criminalization of aspects of sex work simply prevents women from seeking and getting help from the police and courts when they are victims of crime - violated, exploited by others and stolen from.
Watch the World Charter for Prostitutes' Rights. (6 minutes-1992) http://www.archive.org/details/freewhores
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