In Cambodia, South Africa and Albania—among other places—violence, poverty and extreme male dominance create a context in which men who pay for sex go uncensured, but the women and girls involved are permanently stigmatized.
The Truthdig columnist sits down with the activist, who argues that the international movement to legalize prostitution has been an "unmitigated disaster."
Welcome to the marketplace built on women’s oppression, disposability, desperation and despair.
There is considerable difference between the reality for those caught up in the sex trade and the rhetoric promoted by sex-workers unions and pro-prostitution advocates—including feminists.
A 24-year-old woman left her war-torn country after being promised a restaurant job in Lebanon. Once there, she was tortured and forced to become a prostitute before eventually escaping and helping break up the sex-trafficking network.
The late-August raid on what the U.S. government called the largest "Internet brothel" ended a “reliable, safe way I had to find clients” and disrupted “the sex trades’ networks of mutual support and safety,” writes an anonymous contributor to The Guardian’s comment page.