Sex Work and Human Rights

“I am neither a hooker, nor a prostitute or a slut. I’m a sex worker.”

“I’m a sex worker.” by Yeoni Kim

“I am neither a hooker, nor a prostitute or a slut. I’m a sex worker. Winter is especially harsh for sex workers. While there are parties everywhere to celebrate the end of the year, there is also an avalanche of crackdowns on brothels. More and more forceful crackdowns are taking place in order for the police to reach its performance targets.

Winter is always like walking on a tightrope. Sex workers’ workplaces are intruded, pictures of their naked bodies are taken as evidence, sex workers swallow (used) condoms to prevent them from being used as evidence against them, and the police beat up and choke sex workers to make them vomit the condoms back out.

This winter, when protesting railway workers are being fired and protesters are defined as illegal and violently persecuted, social obedience is assumed a normality and the weak are marginalised and discriminated against.

How can we be well in this cold, harsh place where it’s always winter?
We need to talk about the welfare of those who speak against unjustness now.

It is high time that we ask each other how we are doing, so that the winter doesn’t freeze us, so that the sex workers freely can talk of unjustifiable violence, and so that the marginalised can raise their voice.”

김연희 Yeoni Kim, Sex Workers’ Rights Activist, Seoul
Twitter: @tsukiren_

One response

  1. Thanks for sharing this message. 중요한 이슈에 대해 알려주셔서 감사합니다.

    December 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm

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