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In the year since pioneering legal and political theorist Catharine A. She also addressed how the prostitution debate helps inform international and national approaches to sex trafficking. While the International Labor Organization considers sex trafficking—along with other forms of human trafficking—to be a form of forced labor, the U. Department of Justice DOJ treats sex trafficking separately.
Women and Women's Rights. In our roundtable, MacKinnon divided the main global positions on prostitution into two approaches : the sex work approach and the sexual exploitation approach. The sex worker, according to this view, is in control of the interaction and is compensated for a service that is usually expected from women for free.
Adherents of this perspective often point to research that shows a high likelihood of premature death among prostitutes: one U. Each approach, in turn, corresponds with a separate legal approach. Those who adopt the sex work model tend to favor decriminalization and the removal of criminal sanctions from those engaged in the sex industry, including pimps, brothel owners, and those who are themselves prostituted.
Even though prostitution is legal in these nations, most still have some forms of regulation in place. In most parts of the United States, buying and selling sex is illegal—primarily reflecting the sexual exploitation approach. However, in the state of Nevada , legal brothels exist in ten out of seventeen counties. And legislation to decriminalize prostituted people, while retaining penalties for buying and selling them, has recently been introduced in New York State. Some advocacy groups have urged the Biden-Harris administration to shift its policy focus from sexual to labor exploitation as well as to prioritize prevention and victim protection over prosecution.
Yet, even though the administration has announced new efforts to curb human trafficking, it has not aled any movement away from the status quo when it comes to national policies on prostitution. Just last month, the Justice Department announced a new anti-human trafficking t task force with several Latin American nations, highlighting the role of federal prosecutors.
Those who view prostitution as sexual exploitation aim to abolish the practice through penalizing the buyers and the sellers rather than the sold. The Nordic Model was first adopted in Sweden in It is based on the idea that curbing demand by criminalizing buyers, without punishing those who are bought and sold for sex is the most effective way to combat prostitution. The majority of people in prostitution are women who, even before the impact of the pandemic, were already among the most marginalized in society. Many of these women are impoverished, undocumented, or homeless, and struggle with ificant challenges accessing social services and health care.
And many face intersectional forms of discrimination and stigma based on race, gender identity, and other characteristics. The COVID pandemic has worsened the challenges survivors of prostitution and sex trafficking face. While COVID itself does not discriminate , it has magnified underlying structural inequalities, impacting marginalized communities around the world.
In the United States, the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women— particularly women of color —and has hit poor communities and communities of color the hardest. As vaccines begin to be administered globally, sex trafficking opponents worry that survivors will again fall through the crack s.
The United Nations warned earlier this year that the pandemic has exacerbated the many challenges that sex trafficking survivors face. As governments have imposed lockdowns and travel restrictions, human traffickers have adapted and driven their criminal activity further underground, while those trafficked continue to face financial hardship and limited access to social services. Migrants, people experiencing homelessness, and transgender individuals who are trafficked face additional forms of discrimination and insecurity.
Those trafficked for sex often lack food, shelter, or healthcare—further increasing their risks of contracting the virus. Furthermore, the pandemic has forced millions of people out of the formal labor market and into unemployment, increasing their vulnerabilities and potentially pushing some into the sex industry. Some governments, including those of Bangladesh , the Netherlands , and Japan , have responded by providing assistance in the form of food packages or direct financial aid to those exploited by sex traffickers.
In other countries without state-sponsored aid, sex worker advocacy groups have organized to provide resources. General Recommendation GR No. Meanwhile, outside the hallowed halls of the United Nations, the challenges facing women have only grown during the pandemic. Moreover, one survey determined that 65 percent of prostitutes in Kenya did not have access to condoms and medication for HIV, due to COVIDimposed restrictions and economic inflation. Watch Catharine A. Women Around the World. Women Around the World examines the relationship between the advancement of women and U.
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