Let’s define some anti stuff so you can choose what kind of anti you want to be:
Anti-Trafficking: For this discussion we are going to specifically address Human Trafficking (as opposed to something like drug trafficking). The definition for trafficking in persons follows:
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
Elements Of Human Trafficking
On the basis of the definition given in the Trafficking in Persons Protocol, it is evident that trafficking in persons has three constituent elements;
The Act (What is done)
Recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons
The Means (How it is done)
Threat or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability, or giving payments or benefits to a person in control of the victim
The Purpose (Why it is done)
For the purpose of exploitation, which includes exploiting the prostitution of others, sexual exploitation, forced labour, slavery or similar practices and the removal of organs.
If all three elements are required to define Human Trafficking then yes I would consider myself an anti-trafficker person. Nobody should FORCE anything on anyone. Coercion by threat of physical harm to a person or their family is WRONG. Let’s not confuse physical coercion with economical coercion now because economical coercion is legal as the government and other places do it all the time. I.e., if you don’t pay this then I will do that. Ahem, if you don’t pay your electric then I’m going to shut it off. If you don’t pay your traffic ticket then I’m not going to let you renew your license. Yea, we have examples of economic coercion every damn day.
Anti-prostitution: This is NOT the same as anti-trafficking. Anti-prostitution is being against commercial sex in any way, shape, or form. Whether you are forced to engage in prostitution through physical coercion or threat or economic reasons or because you think it’s just a golly fun time. Doesn’t matter. Anti-prostitution people do not want you to use your body to satisfy the economical coercers, feed your kids, get your personal kicks, or for any other reason.
You know what? If YOU want to control what I do with my body then I think it is YOUR responsibility to feed it, house it, make sure it has healthcare, buy it a car, a house, and anything else my little body desires. K?
So what are you? Anti-trafficking? If so I’m right up there with you. Yes, an adult voluntary prostitute is against Human Trafficking. Who would have thunk it? Course I can’t help you in your fight against it because the anti-prostitution people want to eradicate me or throw me in jail but hey, as soon as I can come forward without fear of losing my property or liberty I’ll get in touch with my people to help your people.
Or are you anti-prostitution? You won’t accept my or my friends help because you think we are all mindless Stockholm Syndrome victims with hidden agendas. You say you are anti-trafficking and you are willing to do ANYTHING to combat the fight against violent pimps and underage prostitution EXCEPT accept help from grown women who are as concerned (if not more) about the harm, physical coercion, and underaged trafficking simply because I’m a prostitute (a voluntary adult one but a prostitute nonetheless).
Confused about where you stand now? Let me help ya out.
If you are a TRUE anti-trafficking proponent, you are more ready now to accept the fact that there are women who are adult voluntary prostitutes who have nothing whatsoever to do with trafficking and coercion and who are willing to join your fight against the forced trafficking in persons. You are less concerned about what I do in my bedroom because it does not involve children, force, or harm to any person and you are willing to accept that as a prostitute I can help with your cause.
If you are just an anti-prostitution person, you could give a shit about what I say or what I can do because I’m just a filthy whore.