What if the world’s most distinguished human rights organization decided to condone pimping? Unthinkable, right? But that’s what happened when Amnesty International put forth a document calling for the legalization of prostitution.
For 50 years, the global women’s movement has been fighting the selling and buying of human beings, which has a name: slavery. For decades, feminists called for criminalizing the buyers while decriminalizing the women they buy; offering women support services ranging from safe harbor through drug rehabilitation to education and skills training; and enforcing laws that criminalize pimps, traffickers and brothel owners.
The response was that it would never work (and feminists were crazy, sex-hating Puritans).
The sex industry fought back, both openly — It’s the “oldest profession, always been with us”; it represents “sexual liberation” — and covertly, through funding happy-hooker-type groups, rebranding prostitution as “sex work,” and praising it as a career choice indistinguishable from any other. Have you ever met an 8-year-old who said, “Ooh, I wanna grow up to be a hooker”?
The numbers of prostituted women who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder are in the same range as combat veterans and refugees from state sponsored torture. They are also disproportionately survivors of child sexual and physical abuse, rape and battery, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, and addiction to drugs and/or alcohol.