To the great joy of sex workers’ rights advocates everywhere, Amnesty International is drafting a policy that would recommend decriminalizing all aspects of consensual sex work. This draft policy comes as the result of a two-year consultation that included four studies commissioned by an internal working group that concluded this to be the best way to protect the human rights of those in the sex industry. The proposal stresses that it does not change Amnesty’s “longstanding position that trafficking into forced prostitution should be criminalized as a matter of international law” and emphasizes that “states must take all appropriate measures to prevent [the] exploitation of children.”
Unfortunately, experts like Anne Hathaway, Lena Dunham and Kate Winslet have conducted some very scientific studies of their own and concluded that sex work should not be decriminalized, so they’ve co-signed their famous names to a letter being circulated by abolitionist groups (i.e. groups who think all sex work should be illegal and make no distinction between consensual sex work and trafficking.) Because nothing qualifies you to comment on the actual, contemporary sex trade like playing a fictional 19th century prostitute.
Quoth the letter:
We firmly believe and agree with Amnesty that human …read more