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"I've always asked what they would like for their daughter. So far, the answers have not included prostitution." And I'm sure the same is true for other people whose occupations put them on the fringe of society - piece rate garment makers being a good example. I'm sure like all parents everywhere, all people working in low-skilled jobs want their children to have a better life. This is not just something that happens to prostitutes/sex workers.

Most industries have an element of exploitation, whether it be of the body or of the mind (think labourers, advertising, etc where you're paid to do/create). The big difference regarding sex work is that some people are trafficked/coerced and trapped into performing a job that they may not have otherwise chosen.

There is a big problem viewing the issues surrounding the sex industry as being the same globally, when it is clearly there are different issues in different nations/regions. Lets not throw those who chose sex work under the bus

from:  Rebecca
Posted on: Apr 12, 2012 at 04:28 IST

Great article, and I'm especially glad that the dangerous precedent
about regarding prostitution as "sex work" was pointed out, regardless
of what the red tape details were in Germany the hazard stands; once you
shift the mind set of people to thinking this violation is "just a job"
the possibility opens up that women (and men) who are out of work will
have to give it try before they can apply for social assistance.

from:  Amelia
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 23:33 IST

Excellent article, Gloria. I'm glad to see more feminists challenging neo lib bs that prostitution is an 'empowering' profession like any other.

from:  Lotus Blossom
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 20:03 IST

Gloria Steinem stated false information in her talk at Apne Aap New Delhi 2. April 2012: "In Germany, where prostitution is legalized and called “hospitality work,” women h[a]d to show they applied and were willing to take such jobs before getting unemployment benefits."
This is misinformation resulting form old news postings when the new liberal prostitution legalisation and legislation (ProstG) was enacted 2002 in Germany. Then not all details were known related to social security agencies or have been sorted out and the press was reluctant to find or hypothesize on complicated sex cases. Later such conflicts were officially dismissed and confirmed by highest court ruling, so that there is no link between receiving social benefits and a necessity to do sex work (ruling federal court at Kassel Germany, Mai 7th, 2009, file: Az.: B 11 AL 11/08 R).
Please do not reiterate or spread false rumours driving a policy which failed in Sweden and harms sex workers (bit.ly/HU9TrH)

from:  Marc Frankfurt
Posted on: Apr 7, 2012 at 00:46 IST

The oldest profession thrives - no matter what. Laws have not stopped
pimps from exploiting women for their selfish ends. That said, few
women get into the trade voluntarily. As for India, there are an
estimated 1.4 million child prostitutes - which no one wants to
discuss. The Pimp-cop-politician nexus ensures that barring a few
snags, it's business - as usual!

No matter what one thinks - sex trade is here to stay.
Decriminalization of the trade, ensuring that sex worker get access to
law, healthcare, and protection is what society should focus on. That
would be better than talking about the morality of the sex trade. Is
anyone listening?

from:  Rama Iyengar
Posted on: Apr 6, 2012 at 18:21 IST
                                    
 
                                     
               

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