Sex work is to sex trafficking as sex is to rape.

I read that somewhere and I think it’s a really apt comparison.  Both sex trafficking and rape can include various degrees of coercion but any degree of coercion is wrong.  Sex work and sex are both things that one should never force another person into–and they become horrible, traumatic violations when one does–but they are not bad things for a person in and of themselves.  Both sex trafficking and rape require you to be the perfect innocent victim to be believed by society, and society sees all the perpetrators as monsters, probably of color, who kidnap young girls from shopping malls, which is not accurate.  And so on.

5 responses to “Sex work is to sex trafficking as sex is to rape.

  1. ..and equally hard to contain, although rape is individualised while sex trafficking tends to be organised.

    So how would you go about bringing change?

  2. BTW, for tags… try adding a feminism tag.

  3. Okay…the main problem I have is that ‘sex trafficking’ in United States law, the TVPRA is plain old commercial sex…and many define sex trafficking as commercial sex…so that’s a problem. Forced prostitution is rape…of course. Many people opposed to prostitution don’t like the term ‘forced prostitution’ because they believe all prostitution is forced. That is how the antis argued when the UN Protocol was being developed, I believe. It may be in this article.

    http://www.bayswan.org/traffick/NEMESIS_Ditmore.PDF
    This is really interesting reading.

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