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STOP – feminist violence against sex workers

By Leena Neena

“ The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) has been for years delivering a clear political statement committed to work towards a Europe free from prostitution, by supporting key abolitionist principles which state that the prostitution of women and girls constitutes a fundamental violation of women’s human rights, a serious form of male violence against women, and a key obstacle to gender equality in our societies. The EWL Centre on violence against women is now working on an EWL campaign to deliver a strong message towards a Europe free from prostitution.”

It is beyond belief that this kind of campaign can take place in this day and age. How do these people feel when they sit around deciding to do things like this without speaking to sex workers ?  No sex worker, no matter how they  came to the sex industry,   could mistake what this fist means. It means violence. No doubt the euro  feminists fantasise about the punch they are recommending landing on bad men – the fantasy pimps of their imagination –  and helping innocent girl victims who also live in their imaginations. But every sex worker knows that every  punch lands  on her /him no matter what fantasies are in the heads  of the punch throwers.

That this is a group that says it opposes violence is a joke.  These middle class  women who think they know better than us should be made to take responsibility for the violence they advocate. This campaign is what the Americans call ‘ hate speech’  But who will stop it ? Who can raise a voice in the face of the millions of dollars and euros driving violence against sex workers all over the world.

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09/11/2010 at 08:44 4 comments

Is the Lancet advocating Universal Access without universal justice ?

Leela Neena wants the price of sex raised, not ARV.

‘The criminalisation of homosexuality and the exclusion of illegal drug users and sex workers from health services have made more difficult the tailoring of interventions to these populations”

The Lancet

This statement can be read as the Pepfar compliant position : “it is Ok for sex work to be illegal so long as we can HIV test sex workers and tell them they are responsible for making their clients use condoms’

Well that may be  cynical but this statement seems to me to be yet more evidence that the stage is being set for the UN to recommend that homosexuality be decriminalised but not sex work, in line with US policy and the misperception or ideology that sex work is trafficking (or they are so entwined that no morally responsible person would consider decriminalising sex work).

It is very worrying to see even the Lancet separating homosexuality out from other relevant criminalised behaviours in this way. As Matt Greenall says  ” if it is possible to achieve Universal Access for sex workers and drug users even in contexts of criminalisation, then surely it is also possible to do so for men who have sex with men in the context of criminalisation?  From a public health and service provision point of view, I don’t understand the logic behind the different positions in each case. As programme managers, service providers and outreach workers all know, any sort of criminalisation severely compromises the ability to deliver programmes – it’s not worse for some groups than for others.”(

29/10/2010 at 10:33 Leave a comment


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