• him-moderator

    While we are checking reality, it might be possible for the author to remember that many sex workers were denied visas to attend the International AIDS Conference last July. They were sold out by the International AIDS Society and their supporters.

    http://tinyurl.com/a8l3czb or http://www.hivinfo4mm.org/the-international-aids-society-betrayed-sex-workers/

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  • vineeta

    Criminalization of clients or ‘the Swedish Model’ has been taken up by more countries (including Ireland and Scotland,)

    You forgot France and Israel, too.

    Calls for abolition of sex work through law enforcement sometimes seems to be increasing among governments, large media interests, powerful interest groups and celebrities alike. We have just heard that the European Women’s Lobby has added their voice to that call.

    The call to end women’s sexual servitude is definitely increasing across the globe. Which is terrific news since Sweden is a beacon of gender equality in so many ways and their model of dealing wtih prostitution strikes a sensible balance between the failed experiements of full criminalization and full legalization. I am sorry you cannot exhibit a similar balance in your reporting of the worldwide shifts happening.

  • arachne646

    It’s a given that human slavery is an injustice that our religion must struggle against, wherever it occurs, but too often anti-trafficking programs are really anti-sex-work crusades instead of actions focussed on justice and what is best for people being exploited in all kinds of slavery around the world. Often the corporations that we do business with in our daily lives, or the foods we buy and eat daily are tainted by slavery and what we do in “anti-trafficking” as it’s usually conceived, is more oppressive and puts sex workers in more danger than doing nothing.


    God loves human beings, and God loves fair and equal justice–it’s a basic theological tenet, though not the most popular one in the US, or other authoritarian religious systems. Sorry for any offense, but churches, and other religious institutions working for justice for sex workers is one of the bright spots in 2012. 

  • cheryl-overs

    That’s hard for me to forget since I was the sex worker refused entry to the US that set off the fuss. I can assure you that the humiliation, distress,fear and expense of the day I was pulled from a plane at Heathrow and accused of ‘moral turpitude’ by US immigration is fresh in my mind. But hey, thanks for your kind, supportive words. 

  • colleen

    being accused of ‘moral turpitude’ by those assholes must be  quite a lesson in restraint.

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