From our friends at Deep Green Resistance Seattle:
The term ‘sex work’ obscures the reality of exploitation and violence in prostitution and the sex industry as a whole.
Behind the libertarian rhetoric of ‘freedom’ and ‘choice’, many sex work advocates seem truly focused on eroticizing domination and the profits to be gained therein – not the reality of a racist, misogynistic enterprise.
Seattle was the scene of a recent series of events by a group of “sex worker activists”, one whom we will quote here:
“As somebody very leery of using the criminal-justice system to curb human behavior when it comes to sex, I find this very disconcerting that we want to punish men for having sex, especially when the women are consenting and wanting money,” said Melinda Chateauvert, a retired history professor and the author of “Sex Workers Unite!”
Asked about women who turn their earnings over to a pimp, Chateauvert, who will be speaking at a couple of the Seattle events, said: “What she does with the money once she earns it is her choice.”
That last paragraph is particularly outrageous.
The argument that prostituted women ‘consent’ to sex is built on a fallacy. Nearly 90% of women in prostitution say that they want out immediately. Prostituted women are often handled by pimps or madames, who take a portion (or all) of their earnings via coercion or violence. Choice is meaningless in a circumstance like this.
Read the rest of the article here: http://deepgreenresistanceseattle.org/2014/12/18/sex-work-hides-exploitation-women/