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.
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.
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!
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!