A Feminist Definition of Abolition

Below is an extract from A Feminist Definition of Abolition, by Vancouver Rape Relief

Today, there are those who want to tolerate prostitution or sexual slavery by decriminalizing the sex industry, not just those prostituted. They think they can tame it or soften its horrors with local health regulations. Some say no government intervention or regulation is necessary. They would leave it to the global market place: laissez faire economics.

Feminist abolitionists see ourselves as progressives: we want freedom for all from any slavery. We believe the government has a role to play in our security and in sharing our basic provisions. We therefore insist on the social, political, economic and legal interventions needed at every level of community and government to end prostitution and trafficking and to establish women’s full rights, liberty and life.

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