it is the end of days
no longer holding
and real again
breathing, brazen and bold
are the lustrous
we share a little death
Amnesty International is a human rights organization, yet in its vote to decriminalize prostitution, it is ignoring the human rights of women and girls to be free from all oppression and exploitation.
Decriminalization is simply sanctioning this.
Evidence shows that decriminalization of prostitution (In countries such as Germany) has led to an increase in human trafficking into the sex trade. In the UK the use of prostitutes has doubled in ten years, and when demand increases so does trafficking to meet that demand.
Women and girls are involved in almost 80% of trafficking cases worldwide, with sexual exploitation a factor in nearly 90%.
20 million women and children have been trafficked into the global sex trade.
Consent is not necessarily obvious,or the concern of johns and the care of pimps. Consent is not the same as choice, with many women within the sex trade suffering from poverty, migration issues or vulnerable because of violence, intimidation, previous sexual abuse and addiction.
Exploitation of women and girls won’t stop until we all refuse to buy into the lies of the sex trade, the johns, the pimps, the patriarchs and END DEMAND.
Prostitution affects all women. When you sell one woman you sell us ALL. We are all reduced to commodities.
Amnesty you are not only sanctioning the selling of women, but you have sold women out.
Ever thought about women migrants in the Calais migrant situation?
All the migrants and refugees in Calais come from countries beyond Europe, such as Syria, Afghanistan and Sudan.
The women migrants/refugees in Calais are mainly from Eritrea. The government there is considered to have one of the worst human rights records in the world. Such is the scale of the state’s abuses that more than 5,000 people leave the country every month. Women, as in many cultures, suffer particular and horrific gendered oppression (FGM, forced marriage, rape, sexual abuse in the military) from which they try to escape and seek asylum.
Female migrants/refugees then suffer particular gendered hardships on the journey to escape state and societal oppression.
Some of the migrant/refugee women are pregnant, some have children with them.
Women in migration or in search of asylim still suffer all the abuses male migrants face, but in addition face particular female oppression.
Women make up about 10-14% of the total of migrants/refugees on the Calais border.
There is a shelter for women migrants/refugees in Calais, but it is always full. The women who could not get a place to stay built a women-only squat to house and protect themselves and other women.
But all squats were closed down and demolished by authorities and one large ‘official’ camp set up. This is known as ‘the jungle’.
This is a mixed sex camp, where women are particularly vulnerable to male violence, sexual abuse, rape.
Women have no separate and women-only basic sanitary/toilet facilities areas here.
The camp is run by human traffickers basically, so women are also particularly vulnerable to being trafficked into the sex trade.
Tsega and her 5 year old son Naher, Calais.
Women have to find ways to protect themselves, but no protection comes for free. Exploitation is common.
Two women have already died at the border this year, another woman miscarried after falling from a truck. Because of the ratio between male and female migrants, women are disproportionally dying in Calais.
One woman died after CS gas was sprayed into her eyes and in her literal blind panic she ran into the path of an oncoming speeding car on the highway.
Women migrants/refugees are real, human, in need of our support instead of the racist and ignorant slurs of the media/politicians.
Migration and asylum IS a feminist issue.
Women in Calais camps: ‘I have to focus on how I can stay alive’ http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/31/women-in-calais-camps-i-have-to-focus-on-how-i-can-stay-alive …
This is an excellent source of information – Calais Migrant Solidarity https://calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com/category/news-english/ …