I have always believed that any person selling sex has a right to DEMAND whatever resources it would take for them to leave sex work into a situation that they can realistically thrive and grow in.
I believe this because sex work is about sex, and unless you are comfortable with that (as many are) it is way too invasive to be left trapped in.
I do *NOT* believe that:
- Organisations that exploit sex workers
- Organisations that lie to sex workers
- Organisations that lie about sex workers
- Organisations that conspire to silence sex workers
- Organisations that disparage sex workers
- Organisations that try to indoctrinate sex workers
- Organisations that usurp the autonomy of sex workers
- Organisations that insist they know more about sex workers than sex workers do
…will ever be fit to provide a healthy situation that a former sex worker can realistically thrive and grow in.
I do not believe that current or former sex workers will be able to provide that either, because each of them has their own bias, and besides, as soon as a sex worker leaves, everything to do with sex work is a redundant part of her past, and what she needs are resources for her future. What she needs is help from neutral, uninvolved experts in the world OUTSIDE sex work, because that is where her future lies.
Because of the current status of sex work as a contentious political issue I believe this help MUST come from within mainstream state run resources and services through the advocacy and support of a few sex work specific facilitators. A former sex worker who needs counselling does not need sex work specific counselling, any more than a former sex worker who needs Spanish lessons needs Spanish lessons for sex workers.
When you start a new phase of your life you don’t need some weird distortion of the old life clamped round your neck like an albatross to justify funding a few pointless NGOs who were last spotted opposing your human rights.
I do not believe the Nordic Model, or any form of criminalisation will make it any easier for people who feel trapped in sex work to leave and find a real, full adult life than full legalisation in Germany or Nevada, because criminalisation does not help people get out of sex work and legalisation does not trap them in it, and until we admit and recognise that kind of reality it will remain just as hard under any form of legislation, and I bet there are statistics to prove that all over the place.
I know everything I have said above hits a nail on the head, but what I lacked was a way to sell it. I found that way today:
There are numerous careers in many diverse fields in need of people to fill the positions, why does our govt no longer want to invest in us and the future of our country? – Chelsea Geddes, 27 Jan 2016
She is right, offering sex workers a real way out in the mainstream *IS* an investment, it isn’t a handout. It’s a good investment too. Just by being sex workers people prove:
- Self Reliance
- Problem Solving
…and that is another reason why sex workers should be a special case. They are simply a better investment than the average. It is a crime to waste them on padding the numbers for predatory NGOs that shatter their best qualities as an excuse to go on drawing funding to pay themselves big salaries and junket with.
Ruhama get enough government money every year, to invest in placing at least six people in training for real careers. I guarantee you they haven’t placed 150 women in real careers since 1989…I would be very surprised if they had placed 15. The tax yield from 150 women in real careers would be around 4 million a year…enough to invest in placing about 50 women in real carers, which, of course would be cumulative. The number of women who could have left sex work on demand into real careers for the same money Ruhama costs since 1989 must run into hundreds. That is how good investments work.
All simple economics, think on it.