In short the answer is No. Are we being victimised, yes but not in the way media is trying to portray for their own agendas. But This would depend on who you ask and what their ulterior motives are.
Those who can, speak up for ourselves but often those who are anti-sex work groups try to silence us. Often they are the ones allowing the harm that can make us victims to continue.
So are the majority of us;
A) helpless females (and others) who are nothing but victims of the sex industry
B) are we strong willed people where laws make us victims yet we still keep fighting to stay?
Ask Sex Workers Around The World:
There are many sex workers & sex worker groups in most countries. The below is just a sample of sex workers around the world from first world to third world countries. They represent a large part of the sex workers. Is their voice reflective of what media portrays?
- The above picture was my first sex worker rally. I’m on the left side.
All around the world, sex workers are fighters. Laws don’t protect us when we are harmed, yet we still fight. It is the same voice echoing around the world. It is hardly a minority or 2 per cent.
Despite what the media or certain groups push, the majority of sex workers are not trafficked victims. Not everyone who does sex work, wants to be doing sex work. This tends to be call survival sex but it is different from being a victim.
Consensual Sex workers and Survival Sex Workers are victims of bad lawshence why we push for full decriminalisation.
A person who has been trafficked is a victim because they are forced against their will by another party. But do not confuse them with consensual sex workers.
So, Why are we being portrayed as Victims?
gives the quickest answer to this one. Note the National Meeting was to End Demand for Commercial Sex, not Sex or Human Trafficking. Nowadays they just hide this bit with the shortened ‘End Demand’.
Things to note:
- While a client may not know the difference between a trafficking victim and a consensual sex worker, the people at this meeting are suppose to know. They are
- FBI, Law Enforcement,
- Anti- Trafficking Groups,
- Overseas guests etc.
- Perceiving the general public wouldn’t accept their ideas, they decided to use language. Hence they will say ‘prostituted woman’ rather than ‘prostitute or sex worker.
- They now also use the word pimp to mean consensual sex workers working for themselves. This way the public is more likely to agree to the laws they want. So far it has worked.
- Below is an example. Trafficking laws still stay in place so pimps or any force would still be illegal, yet those who say they left in the industry, wrote an open letter against the Women’s March for allowing female sex workers to join the Women’s Rights March.
- Doesn’t make sense as these women are suppose to have been there and know ‘what we are going through as victims’.
The Women’s March was followed internationally with sister marches springing up as close as Vancouver, BC and as far away as London, England. The world looked to you for guidance and you led them astray. In your ignorance of this political issue you do not realise that sex workers’ rights” are synonymous with “pimps’ rights”.
It is very apparent that you don’t know the so-called movement you’re supporting consider pimps ‘sex workers’ too. Don’t believe us? — We couldn’t blame you. It is thoroughly incredible. — So go and ask them. The movement you’re supporting will be happy to tell you that pimps are ‘managers’ and that since they facilitate “sex work” they’re “sex workers” too!
Further reading for the serious nerds out there:
It has had this objective since Bush took on advice from abolisionists and Faith groups. If you want to read more it is below, but does state the same points.
- But christian and feminist abolitionist activists were