Friday, January 17, 2020

SEX TRAFFICKING vs. SEX WORK

TRIGGER WARNING !

This is an open letter to all who are vocal about supporting sex workers  !

I applaud you for advocating for sex work to be legal because then sex work will be made safe .
I applaud you for understanding that sex workers can also be parents who need a way to support their kid/ children .

I also applaud you for knowing what sex trafficking is .
I applaud you for knowing that sex trafficking is in direct correspondence with violence .
I applaud you also for being proud of knowing the difference between sex trafficking and sex work ( I guess ?)

I applaud you for understanding that sex work is important because a lot of people struggle with loneliness
There is something that I would like to know though .

Does your " knowledge " about knowing the difference between sex trafficking and sex work also entail compassion for former sex traffic  victims who now work as sex workers because they grew up in sex trafficking and although they were saved they did not get the support they need and now do sex work because they do not know what else is out there ?

Does your " knowledge "entail understanding that not all sex workers are ok with what they do ?

Does your knowledge entail compassion for sex workers who were originally sexually abused and or raped when they were younger and maybe even have sex trauma but never got counseling and now work as sex workers because they do not know or cannot imagine what else to do with their life ?

I am not saying that sex work should be banned .
I am also not saying that sex work should be a crime because it is not !
I want you to be aware that there are so many layers to this issue , even things I will not talk about !

You cannot just say " Well this is what sex trafficking is... and this is what sex work is ..."

I just want to know if you are aware that supporting sex workers also entails understanding why they chose to be sex workers .

If you are advocating for sex workers simply because they make money and can pay their bills then please educate yourself .

If you are advocating for sex workers though because you know somebody who went through any of the above mentioned and or because you are aware of those situations and want to educate legislators so they get to hear personal stories and can do the right thing to support sex workers to actually have a safe environment and get the support they need to take care of their families ...

Then I am cheering you on and encourage you to keep up the good work !




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