Unequivocally, prostitution, in every manifestation, is a human rights violation and violence against women and girls everywhere. And we need to say so.
How would AIDS service organizations in American cities respond if they had to sign the anti-prostitution pledge required of PEPFAR grantees? What impact would that pledge have on Americans at risk for HIV infection?
Last night, I spent the evening doing what every Washington ideologue who supports the “prostitution pledge” should be required to do–I walked through a community called Kafue, in Zambia.
In light of revelations of New York Governor Elliot Spitzer's involvement with a prostitution ring, and the fact that Sen. David Vitter will be voting on PEPFAR soon, we propose a new Prostitution Pledge for Politicians.