Att vara empatisk och att vara liberal är att slåss även för de mest föraktades röst. Sexarbetare straffas kanske inte juridiskt, som sexköpare, men är ännu mer förtalade och demoniserade än till och med sexköparna. Är man sexarbetare är man automatiskt sedd som ett offer, som det är synd om, utan egen fri vilja. Man ses som någon som man inte ska lyssna på, vad denne än säger, eftersom sexarbetaren är störd och vrickad. Det bara förutsätts att alla sexarbetare saknar egen vilja.
Sexarbetare kan dessutom förlora rätten till sina barn lätt, sexköpare löper inte lika stor risk för detta!
Som liberal, och som empatisk anser jag att man bör ställa frågan direkt till de berörda. Vad vill sexarbetaren?
Och detta vill hon/han: ha samma rättigheter som alla andra lönearbetare och medborgare. Dvs att synen på sexarbete förändras. Jag citerar en hemsida som kräver mänskliga rättigheter för sexarbetarna:
|Sex Workers are dirty||Sex Workers are equal members of society|
|Sex Workers are victims||Sex Workers are able to make choices|
|Sex Workers are submissive||Sex Workers are decision makers|
|Sex Workers are only Sex Workers||Sex Workers are recognized for everything they do|
|Sex Workers are lazy and stupid||Sex Workers are professionals|
|Sex work is not work||Sex work is work|
|Sex Workers give the country a bad image||Sex Workers contribute to the economy and the national culture|
|Sex work is a moral and criminal issue||Sex work is an economic and social issue|
|Money from sex work is dirty||Our income is like the income of all workers|
(From: Report on International Seminar of Sex Workers in Asia and Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand, Nov 14-19, 2000)
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Sex Workers Are Key Players in Promoting Human Rights and Harm Reduction
* Human rights for sex workers: Recognizing and ensuring the protection of sex workers’ human rights is essential to promoting health and safety. Ensuring that sex workers have full enjoyment of their human rights is the best way to reduce or eliminate the discrimination and abuse to which sex workers are often subjected and to improve or eliminate the discrimination and abuse to which sex workers are often subjected and to improve access to health and social services.
* Sex workers are part of the solution: Sex worker leadership and empowerment are essential in fighting HIV and discrimination. Sex workers are their own best resource – they should be at the forefront of developing and implementing the programs and policies that impact their lives. It is only by empowering sex workers to speak for themselves and developing sex worker leadership that stigma and rights violations will be stopped.
* Support of self-representation of sex work experiences and culture: A rich tradition of cultural representation (books, films, online presentations, festivals, dance) exists in sex workers’ communities and organizations all over the world. Cultural expression makes the aims of our rights based movement more accessible to people who may not be familiar with the realities of sex workers’ experience and is an essential part of our struggle for rights and change.
* Sex work is work, not “harm”: Sex work (itself) is not inherently harmful. The reasons people engage in sex work vary widely, as do the reasons people choose a variety of other jobs. Many sex worker health and rights organizations use a harm reduction framework when they address the needs of sex workers. Other sex worker organizations have a less comfortable relationship with harm reduction because “harm” is sometimes erroneously defined as sex work or sex workers (themselves). We are resolute that any harm associated with sex worker results from repressive environments in which sex worker is not recognized as work, and because sex workers lack basic human rights and access to appropriate health services.
*Labor rights for sex workers: Sex worker should be recognized as work in order to ensure safe and appropriate working conditions. Th lack of labor rights leaves sex workers vulnerable to abuse and poor working conditions. Sex work should not be “over-regulated” or subject to special restrictions because of discriminatory fears about sex worker and sex workers. Sex work should be treated like other forms of labor.
This statement was originally prepared by the International Sex Worker Harm Reduction Caucus, a working group committed to increasing the participation of sex workers and their organizations in discussions of harm reduction at the international level. The statement was written for the International Harm Reduction Association’s 19th International Harm Reduction Conference in Barcelona, Spain, May 11 – 15, 2008.
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