Amnesty International Declaration Of Prostitution As Human Right Interesting
Amnesty International as recently as August approved a policy to push for the decriminalision of consensual sex work.
Said Amnesty’s secretary general Salil Shetty:
We recognise that this critical human rights issue is hugely complex and that is why we have addressed this issue from the perspective of international human rights standards. We also consulted with our global movement to take on board different views from around the world.
It will now lobby governments to adopt this view.
Now for many who have either pseudo or ultra conservative views of the world, prostitution is a no from the get-go.
That is one place to start off with the no button.
Then of course most people think of prostitution in one of three categories:
- They are lazy and don’t want ‘real’ jobs
- They are whores and can’t get enough sex
- They are forced into it.
Part 3 is a reality that has been well-documented with pimps and human traders written quite extensively about.
The lazy- don’t-want-real- jobs one is a bit silly given the circumstances under which one works as a trader of bodily wares.
Now we hear the alarm bells, but sex work is a commercial business and by definition if it is consensual these women should have a right to trade and have the same protections any other trade has.
Why we think this is important is when you have made it a right, then you set standards for it, after which non-consensual sex is easier to deal with. As it stands even one sells sex willingly (whether it is transactional for survival or because that is their chosen profession), because they do not have a right to it, they are not only suffering from the fact they do not have a right to work, they are treated as criminals for it.
Let’s be clear about one thing though. This is not to suggest that most women who trade in sex want to do so. No. This is not even the argument. Should that however not mean we do not afford those who want to do it the right to do so?
As it stands laws attack the rights of the sex workers, not the pimps and certainly not their clients.
Implementing it on the other hand would be a bit complicated wouldn’t it?