SWOP Philly Rep in Response to Rachel Moran

//SWOP Philly Rep in Response to Rachel Moran

SWOP Philly Rep in Response to Rachel Moran

by M.G. Dante – originally published on Sex Workers Outreach Project-Philly website

Realizing I do not need the New York Times to publish my thoughts to share them:

I don’t feel I –  as a former  homeless teen, and a woman who has  engaged in what is defined as commercial sex  –  should be forced to have my life narrative defined by others.  Amnesty International’s decision to support decriminalization is not about calcifying dominant male entitlement to purchase sex from victimized slaves, or misogynistic capitalism. It is about generating necessary international dialogue on the authentic differences between sex trafficking and sex work.

I can’t find  quantifiable proof that Germany has sex tourists pouring in, sexually defiling 450,000 girls and women per day. Or that New Zealand has forced  women to endure more for less. Or that Sweden truly defines the way for all continents and countries to  proceed, especially considering cultural dynamics in places that are more diverse and economically dynamic. As a Caucasian woman from the West, it may not be my place to select the fate of women abroad,  from the East or Global South. However I do believe I have a right to appeal to my government – and  governments  around the world – to discuss the authentic needs of their women. Because I am a woman, and because I was a homeless youth. Because I worked my way off the streets via the sex industry. Yes.  I have been exploited.  I have also been empowered.

And I have a right to be part of the international dialogue, as opposed to having my journey defined by others. Our stories may be similar, but our perspectives  distinctly different.

 

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    RIGHT ON !!!!!

    We ALL have a story to share and I find that the only similarities some of us have is the trading of sex for cash/gain.

    For instance, you were a homeless youth where I was a spoiled, middle-middle class girl from a Detroit suburb.

    No one should be speaking on this topic but US, the ones who have lived the life, for whatever reason we chose it, we are the ones whose can attest to the pros and cons the best.

    We are the ones that can help in defining a new path for future Sex Workers,

    We are the ones that governments should be listening to when making new laws and decriminalizing prostitution.

    We are the ones that know best what we need and what will work in keeping us safer and restoring our human rights.

    “Nothing about US without US”

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