Increasingly, the prostitute is now understood to be a trafficked object, a slave to a pimp, a victim trapped in demeaning, dangerous servitude.
No longer do only men think we are sex objects. Now society as a whole sees us as objects, perhaps to be rescued but objects none the less. That’s just lovely. *eyeroll*
In grappling with such conflicts, states across the country have been rewriting laws to make it tougher on traffickers, pimps and johns and easier on those they prostitute.
Including Texas. This bill is currently being written – SB24
At least as important, the (Georgia) bill would make it harder for the sellers and buyers of sex to defend themselves. Didn’t know her age? Wouldn’t matter. Was she previously involved in selling sex? It would be harder for pimps to raise that as a defense.
…the Georgia bill would offer a get-out-of-jail-free card to those who can show they were coerced into it. Physical abuse, threats, confinement, destruction of immigration documents, drugging, financial control — all would be considered coercion and could be used as a defense against a prostitution charge.
Woo! My neighbor made me do it. Yea, they guy whose dog always comes over and poops in my yard…
On this issue, people usually on opposite sides came together: religious groups and feminists, Republicans and Democrats.
The new Republican attorney general, Sam Olens, contributed ideas he picked up from the National Association of Attorneys General. Prosecutors worked on the bill with a group called A Future Not a Past, which aims at ending the prostitution of girls. Georgia Women for a Change suggested approaches from national anti-trafficking organizations. A Baptist group that last year opposed a bill that would have banned prosecuting underage prostitutes supported this one.
Excuse me?! A very important group is missing here. What about S-WATCH or SWOP or the American Sex Worker Coalition? I don’t see their input here and these are the people at the heart of the matter, who can tell you what is needed as far as services and harm reduction, who are better able to help discover instances of force and coercion. Where is their voice?