Amnesty International is actually ok with some ‘sex workers’ being criminalised

(found via Coalition for the Abolition of Prostitution twitter feed:)

CAP International tweet

Point 13:

Amnesty international does not take a position on whether sex work should be formally recognized as work for the purposes of regulation. States can impose legitimate restrictions on the sale of sexual services, provided that such restrictions comply with international human rights law, in particular in that they must be for a legitimate purpose, provided by law, necessary for and proportionate to the legitimate aim sought to be achieved, and not discriminatory.

Now, it could be that Amnesty means controls and restrictions can be placed on the way brothels operate, to avoid abusive ‘working’ conditions like the entirely legal flat rate brothels in Germany, but since Amnesty hasn’t acknowledged that such abusive conditions exist, who knows?

It’s obvious which ‘sex workers’ are most likely to be targeted for regulation; it will be the most vulnerable and marginalised on-street prostitutes, who are seen as a public nuisance who put off the tourists when they operate in city centres.

And if it’s not ‘work’ that’s being regulated, what is it? Abuse? So a state can pass laws about how exactly someone can be raped for money?! (Is this the ‘harm reduction’ Amnesty is dedicated to in point 4?)

The Decision also says this (point 12):

The policy will be fully consistent with Amnesty International’s positions with respect to consent to sexual activity, including in contexts that involve abuse of power or positions of authority.

How is this actually possible? How does any act of ‘sex work’ (except for a tiny minority of already privileged individuals in the shallow end of the sex industry) not involve an inequality of power? Under any other circumstances, coercing someone into sex is rape, but, somehow, economic coercion and inequality doesn’t count – Amnesty is committed to the cleansing power of money.

Point 5 is actually ridiculous:

States have the obligation to prevent and combat trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation and to protect the human rights of victims of trafficking.

As long as states don’t recognise the link between supply and demand, the link between blanket decriminalisation and the massive increase in demand, right?

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