Time Magazine has an article about child prostitution/trafficking in Iraq
It emphasises that it is mothers/women doing the pimping/trafficking, and this seems to be an emerging trend on the subject. It suits the status quo very well to see prostitution as only something women do to themselves or do to each other, and once again serves to render the men involved – the demand side – invisible.
I found the article via the Feminist Law Professors blog, and the blogger Ann Bartow, makes a good point about this:
That more European women than men were convicted of trafficking doesn’t prove more women are engaged in it. But the fact that many female “former victims,” unable to exit the trade, cut the best deals for themselves they can under the circumstances by becoming pimps so that they no longer have to sexually service men shouldn’t be surprising.
This comes from the Time article:
Baghdad’s Minister of Women’s Affairs, Nawal al-Samarraie, resigned last month in protest of the lack of resources provided to her by the government. “The ministry is just an empty post,” she told TIME. “Why do I come to the office every day if I don’t have any resources?” Yet even al-Samarraie doesn’t think sex-trafficking is an issue. “It’s limited,” she said, adding that she believed the girls involved choose to engage in prostitution.
Now I’m just wondering where it could be that she gets the idea that so many women and girls ‘choose’ to enter prostitution, and that that isn’t a problem?