The UN is VERY, VERY confused about sex work

25/10/2010 at 10:35 Leave a comment

From the Palais des Nations, Geneva

The following illustrates that while one part of the UN talks about removing laws against sex work to help with the HIV agenda other parts are recommending harsher laws against sex work.

In a general debate of the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs) of the General Assembly addressed issues pertaining to the advancement of women. Close to 110 delegations made interventions stating that gender equality and the empowerment of women should be a flagship agenda for development by the international community.  As a basis for discussion the Committee had the reports of the Secretary General before them….

Delegations welcomed the adoption of the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons which promotes a human rights-based, gender and age sensitive approach in addressing factors that make people, especially women and girls, vulnerable to trafficking.  They said that the transnational trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation is based on treating human life as a commodity that facilitates “the supply of victims from sending countries and the demand for victims in receiving countries”.  Laws against prostitution, child pornography and sexual exploitation need to be strengthened in order to better protect women and children. It was said that “The human person is not something to be traded for any purpose”.  Egypt announced the organization of an International Forum against Human Trafficking in Luxor next December with the aim to promote dialogue, highlight priority issues and mobilize the highest level of political support to engage in concrete actions to combat trafficking.


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