Recently there has been yet more fuss about state-run torture.
This is the visible torture that it is ok to be disgusted by, and to protest about.
This is the visible torture that we can hang our political and moral status on – whether the state is Britain, America, Egypt, Iran or Pakistan.
It is ok to be furious that there is tortured by any State on any person, especially if that torture is done to a civilian male.
But every day in every country, under all political systems – the prostituted are being tortured.
The prostituted have been tortured from the beginning of the invention of the sex trade to the moment you are reading this post.
The mass torturing of the prostituted is the largest form of invisible violence that most societies make the decision to ignore.
The torture of the prostituted is inside every cell of their bodies, the torture is carried from each generation to the prostituted to the next in a the form of deep trauma.
For to be tortured as a prostitute is to lose all sense off a self.
The torture is mental, physical, sexual and spiritual – to be tortured as a prostitute is have no rights, no voice, no space even for silent screaming.
For even if the prostituted can speak out, speak that this is torture – who is listening? Who stop time enough to care?
Where is Amnesty International? Where are Leftist men? Where are the liberal feminists?
All too busy holding up the status quo of the sex trade, keeping it going so they can have the choice to consume or profit from the torture that has become conveniently invisible.
Well, this Xmas, as a gift to all the prostituted – I want all my readers to speak out about the ordinary torture of the prostituted class.
I want you to speak about prostitution as a human rights crisis – say in a clear and reasoned voice/s of how normal torture is all the prostituted.
Speak to the male entitlement that make that torturing invisible – that entitlement that makes all the prostituted into sub-human sexual goods that any may can and will torture.
Speak to all human rights organisations and demand they hold up the rights of all of the prostituted, and hold all sex trade consumers and profiteers to account for the destruction of those basic human rights.
As a gift to all the prostituted, learn to expose the torture as it is and refuse to be part of making it invisible.
Do this, by giving those who have exited the sex trade and have the strength to speak to that torture leadership.
Give us freedom to speak out in our own words, own ways of remembering, own ways of holding our truths.
Have the spirit of humanity not to speak over those of us who have exited – learn to be silent as our pain, grief and fractured memories are able to surface.
It is our time – time for the prostituted to speak with multiple voices, speak from multiples histories and cultures, speak from the street to high-class escorting.
We speak to the torture of the street, torture of the brothel, torture of being made into girlfriend material, torture of exploited teenager thinking her pimp loves her, torture off every woman/man/child trafficked to brothel/sex club, torture of escorting, torture of stripping turning into prostitution – and so many other ways the sex trade profiteers and punters have invented to torture all the prostituted.
For it is very simple why there is so much torturing of the prostituted – it is ingrained in every aspect of the sex trade, that all consumers and profiteers have the entitlement to degrade, torture and humiliate the prostituted at any time, in any place.
There is no freedom from torture for any prostitute – it is no matter if the prostitute is on the street or working indoors.
For many of the prostituted, it can more dangerous to be alone in a room with a punter than on the street, for it private.
There will never be freedom from torture, whilst we only the male entitlement to buy and sell the prostituted.
The greatest gift you can give the prostituted is to fight that entitlement.