Wolves dressed in Sheep’s Clothing

Amnesty International, and NGO that claims to promote and defend human rights, voted today to adopt a new policy that supports the global decriminalization of prostitution.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/08/global-movement-votes-to-adopt-policy-to-protect-human-rights-of-sex-workers/

I am deeply saddened by this news. Such a disappointing step backwards for humanity!  Of course they are siding in favor of a very lucrative business that moves $150 billion worldwide; $32 billion just in the U. S. alone!!!

“The demand for commercial sex is what fuels trafficking. You cannot then turn around and say, let’s protect those who are promoting the demand”, stated Esohe Aghatise, anti-trafficking manager with women’s rights group Equality Now.

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I have read so many comments on Facebook, and other social media outlets, stating opinions against and in favor of Amnesty International’s vote. To all those who believe that prostitution should be legalized, and that consider it to be a “profession” like any other, I would like to ask a few questions:

After legalizing prostitution – which means that it should be accepted as a line of work, as a legitimate profession – will prostitutes get the pertinent benefits that other workers get through all other jobs? For example, will they be eligible to health insurance, retirement plans, etc.? What about unemployment and disability?

So if a prostitute ends up jobless, will the government provide unemployment money? And if a “sex worker” gets injured in the job, will the health insurance cover it? And if a prostitute gets a STD, will it be considered a disability? If she gets pregnant, will she get maternity leave?

What about this: so if it’s a profession, will academic preparation be required? Are colleges going to offer associates, bachelors and masters degrees to become a prostitute?

Ridiculous, isn’t it?

Prostitution is not a profession; hence, it cannot be treated as such, and it cannot and should not be legalized. Prostitutes are victims of a patriarchal system; hence, they are not the root of the problem. Simply put: no demand, no offer! Punish the oppressor, not the oppressed!

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By the way, this last image is from Amnesty International.  As you can see, children are victims of prostitution, a fact that this NGO is very well aware of, and understands.  Mind-blowing!

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8 thoughts on “Wolves dressed in Sheep’s Clothing

  1. I understand that you don’t like it and I can’t say that I fully know every argument for or against. What I do understand is that the laws against it stigmatize those who are in the profession and their chance for worker’s compensation, health care, and retirement are nil while it’s illegal. There are some niche’s in the sex industry where it is helpful to have a degree, others not. You can work in the computer industry for a long time with no degree and no retirement to speak of but you make more money and get a retirement often enough if you have a degree or possess in-demand skills.

    Many of your questions seem to stem from an inability to see sex work as a profession or skill worth paying for, though you probably see therapist, personal trainer, masseuse, chiropractor, and others as viable professions or skills worth paying for and deserving of the benefits that you don’t seem to think that sex workers should have. You are clearly sex negative in this regard. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but you are asking questions and have comments open. Not everyone thinks of sex work as you do, some even find it a noble endeavor.

    The lack of legal professionals in any given area will lead to black market tactics and that will lead to trafficking for certain. People should not be enslaved or abused. I agree with this. However, it is not shown that legal sex work leads to sex trafficking. Nor does it follow that those who would or do find sex work as valid are necessarily abusers and oppressors. If the profession is legalized it can be inspected, regulated, and treated like other businesses instead of made to function in the shadows where regulations and law enforcement have every difficulty in making sure the oppressors and abusers are punished appropriately.

    That you don’t personally like sex work should have no bearing on whether you think it should be protected under the law in order to protect those that would perform sex work as a profession. As it is, with no legal standing, sex workers are abused by the law enforcement and ignored by government agencies which protect entitlements, benefits and so on. They are forced to be 2nd or 3rd class citizens because people (perhaps like you) do not like sex work and think it immoral. Do you morally judge all professions? If so, how is your opinion on lawyers? Drug companies? GMO companies? Save at least some of your outrage for those who use the law to flaunt common sense so they can pick your pocket to pay the politicians off so they continue to get richer.

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  2. First of all I’d like to thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, sharing your thoughts and feelings. Your opinion and voice are respected.

    Let me clarify that my opinion and thoughts about this specific topic are not rooted in a dislike towards sex or immorality. To me this is not a question of morality or immorality. In fact, in this post I am not exposing arguments. I am presenting satirical observations.

    My concerns go deeper – I personally focus on the root of the problem, and not on its branches. Hopefully the following words will provide some more clarification, and help you see the bigger picture. These were written by a friend of mine, and I agree 100% with everything she stated.

    Letter to Amnesty International by A. A. Auyanet:
    “The decriminalization of buying sex harms all women (but especially poor women) and the ideal of gender equality.

    Prostitution affects the image of what a woman is and what can be expected of her. Through the decriminalization of buying sex, we legitimize ideas and beliefs, which influence not only how men perceive women but also how women perceive themselves. Prostitution is often understood as a set of personal or individual choices. This belief omits the realization that prostitution is in fact an institution and therefore it fulfills a social function. In recent decades the Spanish society has recognized that gender violence is a structural, not an individual problem. Previously it was considered private business between a man and his wife, but nowadays social perception has changed, and we understand that it is a social problem that must be eradicated. So why is it so difficult to understand that prostitution is a social problem that requires serious solutions from the state?

    The problem of prostitution has consciously been reduced to a question of consent in order to hide the privilege of being a man and the causes of gender inequalities. In other words, reducing the problem of prostitution to a matter of women’s choice and consent is not wanting to deepen and understand the patriarchal roots in which the institution stands. Therefore, if prostitution remains part of our lives, it is because men, as a societal group, need women’s bodies to be accessible to maintain their privileges. As Barry well states, “The prostitution exchange is the most systematic institutionalized reduction of woman to sex.”


    Paradoxically, the state restricts the sale of goods such as organs or surrogate pregnancy appealing to ethical issues regarding the integrity of the person and the human body. In these cases, it has resorted to a certain conception of the human being and the common good. Throughout history the community has understood that it is sometimes beneficial to place limits on individual freedom. But perhaps as Charlesworth wisely notes, because the trends of thought of the common good have never included women as a social group, prostitution is still being tolerated under the pretense that women freely chose to engage in it. 


    Furthermore, during this time of economic depression many people in Spain earn only 600 euros per month. They blame neoliberal capitalism for their low wages. In this case, people acknowledge that there is structural problem and an imbalance of power. They are aware that the reason they earn so little money is due to the power structures of society, and not due to their consent to earn 600 euros. However, with regard to prostitution, these power structures (patriarchy – neoliberalism) are not taken into account, and only few people are able to see them. The same question is always repeated, if women consent to such an act then what/where is the problem?
 


    From my point of view, it is impossible to achieve gender equality if women, especially those who are poor, are, 24 hours a day, almost anywhere in the world, serving the men’s sexual desires in exchange for money. Therefore we could say that prostitution is the institution that best epitomizes male domination over women whilst remaining an institution of survival for women, a clear feminization of poverty.”

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  3. Food for thought: by legalizing, they are opening a can of worms, out of which a whole other set of issues will emerge. And just to point out another thing: if they can capitalize from the integration of academic requirements, for example, they will. Because in the end, this is not about human rights, this is about power! Hence, they are all wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing. They can care less about human rights when they can make profits out of it. Don’t be fooled!

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