What is Human Trafficking?
Article 3, paragraph (a) of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines Trafficking in Persons as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
The italics are made by me.
This is dedicated to Joan Smith, who speech made me want to express this.
There is a general discussion around prostitution which I and many other exited women find highly disturbing – that is that trafficking into the sex trade can be separated from prostitution.
This is a myth, and it is a myth that is placing millions of prostituted women in danger – for they are abandoned by this belief system.
In reality, all forms of prostitution are the conditions of trafficking – and to not recognise that is to play the game of the sex trade.
The sex trade profiteers want to control your thinking and keep their power base by making a divide and rule construction of what prostitution is.
In these terms, trafficking is made very narrow.
It does not include internal trafficking.
It only includes external trafficking if there is blatant violence and dehumanising of the trafficked women or girls – otherwise it is framed as economic migration.
It does includes under-aged prostitution – but keeps the benefit of doubt on the side of the punter that she looked over 16.
There is nothing about the ordinary lack of consent – for it framed as a job, so once paid or receiving gifts that becomes consent.
In this framing, the violence that is the prostitute’s norm is made invisible, or viewed as a risk of her job.
It is decided with little or no evidence, that to be a non-trafficked prostitute is to make a free choice to be inside the sex trade.
In that framing, the sex trade and their allies have an easy road to emotionally blackmail those who are unsure.
They play on liberal guilt – who are you to judge that woman’s choice.
By keeping the discussion firmly focus on the individual choice of an unknown women – the sex trade effectively turns all eyes away from the systematic torture and degradation of all the prostituted class.
If you only stick to the individual, looking and hoping to find the unicorn of the Happy Hooker – you will never be able to see the millions of women and girls screaming for you to see them.
Look at the top of this page again – see how the United Nations define trafficking – then tell why you are able to say “chosen” prostitution can be separated from trafficking.
It clearly cannot.
No woman or girl who enters the sex trade is able to escape being lied to, being manipulated to do what is not her wish.
No sex trade profiteer will recruit by saying the full truth – that to be prostituted is to do sex acts you do not want, sex acts that will and can place the prostitute in danger.
No punter will think about full consent or the human rights of the prostitute.
To be inside the world of the sex trade – is to be so manipulated that you lose language, lose that you had a past, lose a belief that can be a future outside the sex trade.
To be truly prostituted is to lose memory of being fully human.
If that is not the conditions of trafficking, than I will fall into despair.
The most important way that shows that all forms of prostitution are in the conditions of trafficking – is the fact that money and exchanging gifts is used to destroy the concept of consent.
In the world of the sex trade – the prostitute cannot have access to the language of consent, it is world where she is goods – goods that are made unrapeable.
Punters either think it is impossible to rape a prostitute, or know they are rapists but assume society will not care for the prostitute cannot be raped.
It is impossible to be inside prostitution long-term without experiencing sexual abuse – it is very normal to be sexually tortured.
But if you see prostitution with a clear eye – you will see each a punter pay to take away the prostitute’s right to say no – that is rape.
So all forms of prostitution lead to paid rape, that is torture plain and simple.
It is torture to be raped by so many men that your mind losing count.
It is torture to have no rights over your body and to have your mind manipulated.
It is torture to be made into sub-human goods.
All this is common in all forms of prostitution – therefore all prostitution is in the conditions of trafficking.