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Re: “Redefining Sex Work

I totally agree with all of the sex positive empowering comments about sex work. I am also actively engaged in prevention and aftercare efforts to end/heal commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) in Oakland. In response to some of the comments on just targeting those who buy and sell underage people for sex, I am interested to know your thoughts on separating out this issue.

Many people exploiting children are using the same tools (Redbook, craigslist, etc.) and working in the same area (International Blvd., Richmond, Sacramento...). Other than eliminating poverty so that people have economic options, improving our education system (overall, and by improving sexual health and healthy relationship skills for youth), and addressing our broken foster care system and the way we respond to children with abuse cases in the system and homeless youth (three groups that are very vulnerable to CSEC), how can this population really be singled out? Particularly for the exploiters? How do we only reach exploiters who go after children?

The way I see it, there is a demand for sex work and children are extremely vulnerable to being brought in to meet that demand. This can happen through kidnapping, or through a manipulative man who makes a child feel special and provides them with affection and clothing that they did not have access to, or a child may chose to be involved in sex work for money or as a coping mechanism to abuse they experienced in the home, or because the media has made it seem cool (that applies more to being a "pimp" usually). Many people who are involved in sex work started before they were 18 for various reasons. I think people have a right to be involved in sex work, and I also think that the industry does not support the protection of children, it thrives on their vulnerability in order to meet the demand. Would legalizing sex work solve these problems? Could the legalization be linked to the prevention of children becoming CSEC? Would sex workers support efforts to protect children?

I also did not support 35 because I am hoping that we can come up with a more meaningful way to discourage exploiters of children than by putting them in a cell. Exploitation will always exist as long as there is capitalism and the prison industrial complex is our convenient way of putting people aside who get in the way. It does not solve anything.

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Posted by JackieE on 11/07/2012 at 11:12 PM

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