Survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation Share Their Art
Our art workshops offer survivors an opportunity to experience and build the community we have created at OPS while healing through art and self-expression. In this session, the jewelry made acts as a reminder that when the women leave our space, that community stays with them. See the Facebook post here.
"...instead of indiscriminately praising the New Zealand full decriminalization model, (Bazelon) should have glanced at the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons report, which confirms that trafficking of Asian women into New Zealand is thriving." -Taina Bien-Aime, Huffington Post, Is the New York Times Endorsing Legalization of Prostitution?
"In fact, defining decriminalization as the “human rights argument” is a distortion tactic itself as, by comparison, those who oppose the legalization of the industry are positioned as not being onside with human rights goals. In truth, prostitution itself is defined as “incompatible with the dignity and worth of the human person” by the UN..." -Meghan Murphy, Feminist Current, Unethical practices produce New York Times' 'sex work' story
"Bazelon’s informants...are almost exclusively white, over 18, and self-employed. They can choose the time, the place, and the number of clients they will service, and they get to keep the money they make. This sanitized view of prostitution bears little relation to the reality of the sex trade. In fact, women of color are the majority of those in prostitution worldwide, most girls enter prostitution in adolescence, not as adults, and some 80-90% of women in prostitution are under third party control or pimped or trafficked. These women suffer extremes of degradation and violence that no free woman would choose."-Judith Herman, M.D., letter to the NYT posted on Abolish Prostitution Now's Facebook
Other reactions and links:
-join the Thunderclap calling out Bazelon's bias to raise awareness
-Sonia Ossorio, National Organization for Women, letter to the NYT
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