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Gov. Snyder signed ‘landmark’ legislation ‘protecting’ MI from human trafficking, 10/2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today [Oct 2014] signed not so adequate legislation protecting Michigan citizens from human trafficking and supporting victims by putting some of the strongest policies in the nation into place to combat this crime. Much of the legislation stems from a 2013 report by the Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking. However, the Sex Trafficking Think Tank is dissatisfied. These bills promote an age of consent of 18 years old that does not fit the reality prostitution, which is a gender-based crime, not an age based crime. These bills should cover all ages. Michigan does not have an age of consent for labor trafficked victims, so why for sex trafficked victims? With sex trafficking, why are legislators so focused on “just the children” who all of the sudden supposedly become a ‘consenting adult’ once she turns 18 years of age. For one thing, if she began being used in prostitution as a child or teen, by the time she turns 18 years old, she is trapped into prostitution: seasoned into prostitution, drug addicted, marginalized, physically and psychologically damaged, financially and spiritually broken, etc..—making it so difficult to get out. Another thing, even if she started in prostitution at or above the age of 18 years old, believed Hollywood or financially broke and stripped on her own volition, she gets trapped, too. She is the same person, but at different points in time. I think these legislators have drank the Kool Aid of the pro-prostitution lobbyists. These bills seem to have been influenced by the pro-prostitution lobbyists, so they can keep their 18 year old so-called “consenting adults” being used in their strip clubs, aka, legalized sex trafficking auction blocks, etc…, and also so these bills don’t get in the way for future pro-legalization of prostitution laws. Some people who have been supporting these bills unquestioningly often argue, that we have to take baby steps. If it was your daughter would you take baby steps? Sex trafficking is a very serious issue to be running toward eradicating, not baby stepping. Demand that these bills cover all ages, now! To read more about this feeble legislation that doesn’t step on the toes of the scumbag pro-prostitution lobbyists, read: http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57577_57657-339484–,00.html

Man Up! Ending the Demand Side of Sex Trafficking Sat 5/16/15 9am-Noon WSU-Detroit

The Soroptimist International of Grosse Pointe is inviting you to, “Man Up! Ending the Demand-Side of Sex Trafficking” on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 9am to Noon at Wayne State University Student Center Building 2nd floor. For more information:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4na4r6sJEK3QTJNck9nS3pBRlE/view?usp=sharing




by Kathleen Barry, Ph.D.

As long as violence is a necessary criteria to determine whether or not those bought in prostitution by johns/punters are harmed, the burden for establishing that prostitution is a violation remains on those bought, the prostituted, and the question of violation will always revert back to women’s consent. And buying of women and children as sexual merchandise for customers remains an accepted practice. Even in the prostitution of children, it is assumed that because the prostituted human being is a child s/he is harmed. That’s it. No additional violence is required to make child prostitution a human rights violation. BUT, the reason that harming prostituted children is a violation of human rights is because s/he is not considered able to consent due to being a child.

For once and for all, let us remove the issue of the victim’s consent in every case of sexual crimes. In calling for new human rights law to make prostitution a violation of human rights, we are displacing the misogynist paradigm with a human rights one. For more: https://abolishprostitutionnow.wordpress.com/why-is-prostitution-a-violation-of-human-rights/

Trafficking Isn’t Sex Work, Sunday, 4/5/15

by Denise Oliver Velez of Daily Kos

The candy-coated myths about prostitution spun by Broadway and Hollywood like “Never on Sunday,” “Klute,” “Pretty Woman,” “Best Little Whore House in Texas,” are tropes dished up for public consumption. Frankly, I’m tired of hearing about “Happy Hookers”, as is the woman who wrote the linked piece.

The reality is something quite different. I wrote about it briefly in Street Life, race and prostitution, but the subject of prostitution, and related sex-trafficking as an industry that garners billions of dollars worldwide each year is one that has multiple facets, and is currently a matter of acrimonious debate, between and among feminists, public health officials, criminal justice agencies, and governments. Globally, it falls into a wide range of judicial categories: prostitution legal and regulated, selling sexual services legal, but not regulated; brothels are illegal; and prostitution illegal. The United States falls into the latter category, with the exception of the state of Nevada.

In recent years, the term sex worker has been applied to cover those who work in the sex industry as a whole. Organizations, including UN Women, have adopted programs supporting sex workers, and have delineated a position that essentially states that sex trafficking isn’t sex work. However, other voices, particularly those representing indigenous women and poor women of color around the world reject the term sex worker and use “prostituted women and girls” instead. For more:http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/05/1374567/-Sex-trafficking-isn-t-sex-work

No, feminism is not about choice

Feminism is back in fashion. As the push to claim the “f-word” has intensified, public figures, corporations and much of the mainstream media have propelled a largely unchallenging version of feminism into the popular consciousness. It is a feminism that never mentions women’s liberation, instead opting for a celebration of “choice”. For more: https://theconversation.com/no-feminism-is-not-about-choice-40896