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Prostitutes Protection Act: Conservatives Fully Achieved Their Objectives

The government’s actual goal was “to quietly abolish prostitution under the guise of helping people in prostitution. … Whoever still believes that the Prostitutes Protection Act was intended to protect sex workers also believes that woodchucks chuck wood.”

Voice4Sexworkers, a project by and for sex workers, rubbishes recent media reports suggesting the law had failed to achieve its stated goals.

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ProstSchG well on its way to achieve Conservatives’ goals

A flurry of recent media reports have suggested the Prostitutes Protection Act (herafter ProstSchG) had failed to achieve its stated goals and would not sufficiently protect people engaged in prostitution.

Voice4Sexworkers, a project by and for sex workers,firmly rejectsthat notion:

The ProstSchG is well on its way to achieve all of the federal government’s desired goals and effects, especially those of the conservative parties [Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU) in Bavaria, together known as die Union]. It may have taken a while, but now, around two years after the ProstSchG went into effect on July 1, 2017, it has become increasingly apparent that the law’s consequences, which we expected and predicted, have materialized up and down the country.

As interior minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) aptly…

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Why feminists (or anyone, really) should choose their words, images¹ and fonts² wisely

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Response to an image posted by user A (@BigEasy_A, see below) in the comment thread underneath Susan Sarandon’s somewhat surprising, yet welcome about-face (she had previously lend her support to Cambodian prostitution abolitionist Somaly Mam, disgraced in 2014 for fabricating stories to raise funds).

Sources used for the above image include “Language Matters: Talking About Sex Work” by Chez Stella, “The Decriminalisation of Third Parties” by NSWP, and “Unfair labour arrangements and precarious working conditions in the sex industry” by ICRSE.


The “UNTIL FOREVER” of the HETAIRAS

Message by Madrid-based sex worker-supporting, feminist human rights group Colectivo Hetaira 

Colectivo HetairaHetaira was born in Madrid on March 12 1995, as a collective aim to defend the rights of prostitutes. Today, 24 years later, we collectively decide that Hetaira is coming to an end. This is, without doubt, the most difficult announcement we have had to make in all these years of walking together. (…)

Those who know us well know that those who shape Hetaira will continue to work in the defence of human rights and for a feminism that listens and is next to the needs of our beloved street girls, of whom we continue to learn and of all the workers of the sex industry. You know that the only thing that today — as we write this extremely difficult “until forever” — makes us happy is knowing; that we will always be there. With you. And, although it seems like the end of a story, it is the opposite, this fight has just begun.”


Translation and copy editing by members of SWAT (Sex Workers + Allies Translate, Edit + Design).

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“The aim of SWAT is not only to provide sex workers and allies with a network to enable sex work knowledge sharing across as cultural and language barriers, but also to reward contributors for their work whenever possible.”

Please click here for information about SWAT in 18 languages. Please contact SWAT via email if you would like to contribute your skills. You are also invited to join the SWAT Facebook group.

 

El estante de la Citi

INSIDE OF AN AIRPORT.

. Caye: My friend, who leaves because she wants to.

. Police: Excuse me?

. Caye: She leaves because she wants to, not because of anyone orders, to see her son.

. Police: Very good.

. Caye: Then nothing else.

(Princesas, by Fernando León de Aranoa).

Hetaira was born in Madrid on March 12 1995, as a collective aim to defend the rights of prostitutes. Today, 24 years later, we collectively decide that Hetaira is coming to an end. This is, without doubt, the most difficult announcement we have had to make in all these years of walking together.

Hetaira was born from the desire of a group of women (some prostitutes and others not) who, after meeting for two years before thinking about the strategies and needs of those who worked as prostitutes, and decided to take the step of renting a space…

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Suecia: No es país para madres trabajadoras sexuales

No es país para madres trabajadoras sexuales [Photo by 12019-10269 images, Fingerprint by Kurios]

Una madre trabajadora sexual pierde la custodia de su hijo 1

Östra Göinge, Suecia. 13 de enero de 2018.

La madre está devastada por un fallo judicial.

La madre trabajaba como trabajadora sexual en un pueblo de Östra Göinge, donde anunciaba sus servicios a través de Internet. Comenzó a hacerlo después de encontrarse con problemas financieros cuando su hijo tenía solo dos o tres meses. Invitó a hombres a su departamento y tuvo relaciones sexuales con ellos por dinero. Sus ganancias ascendieron a alrededor de 2.000-2.300 euros por mes.

La madre y su hijo vivían más o menos aislados, a excepción de las visitas de sus clientes, que dejaban de tener relaciones sexuales con la madre si el niño se despertaba en su cuna, situada junto a la cama. La madre dijo que el niño nunca parecía estar asustado, pero sentía curiosidad por ellos. Cuando el niño se despertaba, los hombres se iban a su casa, entendiendo la situación ya que tenían hijos propios, de acuerdo con el fallo del Tribunal Administrativo.

Todo salió a la luz después de que una persona preocupada denunció a la madre a los servicios sociales, después de lo cual se le retiró a la madre la custodia del niño. Esto sucedió sin una evaluación formal de la situación, aunque las acciones de la madre fueron confirmadas por sus anuncios en línea.

El Tribunal Administrativo concedió especial importancia al hecho de que la madre había invitado a extraños a comprar sexo en su casa. Según el tribunal, la situación general significaba que existía un riesgo significativo de que la salud y el desarrollo del hijo se vieran perjudicados.

Por su propia cuenta, la madre cerró el libro de citas de trabajo sexual desde que su hijo le fue retirado. Sin embargo, el Tribunal Administrativo creía que existía el riesgo de que repitiera su comportamiento y, por lo tanto, decidió que el hijo debe permanecer bajo cuidado estatal de conformidad con la Ley de Cuidado de los Jóvenes (LVU). Además, el tribunal sostuvo que la madre había mostrado indiferencia con respecto a la seguridad y protección de su hijo al traer extraños a su apartamento.

En lugar de trabajo sexual, la madre ahora buscará otro trabajo y, mientras tanto, ha solicitado el apoyo del gobierno, aunque se da cuenta de que esos pagos no serán tan altos como los 2.000-2.300 euros que ganó con el trabajo sexual. La mujer también declaró que había reanudado el contacto con su propia madre, que había prometido ayudarla.

Según el Tribunal Administrativo, está “devastada por las consecuencias para su hijo”. Ella puede apelar contra el fallo del tribunal en el Tribunal Administrativo de Apelaciones en Gotemburgo dentro de tres semanas.

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Muchas gracias a Citerea Anadiomena para la traducción en español. Publicado con el permiso de usar. Visita el blog El Estante De La Citi para obtener más textos en español. Traducción original del sueco al inglés para SWAT por Ophelia Eglentyn de Fuckförbundet, una asociación fundada en Suecia en la primavera de 2017, por y para las trabajadoras sexuales.

Fuckförbundet“Nuestras dos funciones clave son mantener una comunidad que ofrezca apoyo para todo tipo de trabajadoras sexuales en Suecia, y aumentar la conciencia sobre los derechos de las personas que ejercen el trabajo sexual y los impactos negativos del conjunto actual de leyes. … Si tu feminismo excluye a los grupos marginados de personas, entonces no es digno de su nombre.”

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SWAT – Trabajadores sexuales y sus amigos traducen, editar, y diseño

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“El objetivo de SWAT es no solo proporcionar a las trabajadoras sexuales y sus aliados una red que permita que la información del trabajo sexual se comparta a través de las barreras culturales e idiomáticas, sino también recompensar a los colaboradores por su trabajo cuando sea posible.”

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El original sueco de este artículo fue escrito por Carl-Johan Liljedahl y publicado por primera vez como “Barn till prostituerad omhändertas” (Niño de prostituta tomado en cuidado) en Kristianstadsbladet (13 de enero de 2018). Los términos “prostitución / prostituta” y “comprador de sexo” fueron reemplazados por “trabajo sexual / trabajador sexual” y “cliente”. El copyright del artículo original corresponde a Kristianstadsbladet. No tiene licencia bajo una licencia de Creative Commons.

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Sweden: No Country for Sex-Working Mothers

No Country for Sex-Working Mothers [Photo by 12019-10269 images, Fingerprint by Kurios]

Sex-working mother loses custody of her child 1

Östra Göinge, Sweden. January 13, 2018.

Mother is devastated by court ruling. 

The mother worked as a sex worker in a village in Östra Göinge, where she advertised  her services via the internet. She started doing so after running into financial troubles when her son was only two to three months. She invited men into her apartment and had sex with them for money. Her earnings amounted to around 2,000-2,300 euros per month. 

The mother and her son lived more or less isolated, except for the visits from her clients, who stopped having sex with the mother if the boy woke up in his crib next to the bed. The mother said the boy never seemed to be scared but was curious of them. When the boy would wake up, the men went home, understanding the situation since they had children of their own, according to the Administrative Court’s ruling. 

Everything came into the open after a concerned person reported the mother to social services, whereupon the son was taken into care. This happened without any formal evaluation of the situation, although the mother’s actions were confirmed by her online ads. 

The Administrative Court attached special importance to the fact that the mother had invited strangers buying sex into her home. According to the court, the overall situation meant that there was a significant risk that the son’s health and development would be harmed. 

By her own account, the mother closed the book on sex work since her son was taken into care. However, the Administrative Court believed there was a risk that she would repeat her behaviour and has therefore decided that the son should remain in state care in accordance with the Care of Young Persons Act (LVU). In addition, the court held that the mother had shown indifference regarding the safety and protection of her son by bringing male strangers to her apartment. 

Instead of sex work, the mother will now look for other work and in the meantime, she has applied for government support, although she  realises that those payments won’t be as high as the 2,000-2,300 euros she earned from sex work. The woman also stated that she had resumed contact with her own mother, who had promised to help her. 

According to the Administrative Court she is “devastated about the consequences for her son”. She can appeal against the court ruling at the Administrative Court of Appeals in Gothenburg within three weeks. 

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Translation for SWAT by Ophelia Eglentyn from Fuckförbundet, an association founded in Sweden in the spring of 2017, by and for sex workers.

Fuckförbundet“Our two key functions are to uphold a community that offers support for all kinds of sex workers in Sweden, and to raise the awareness on sex workers rights and the negative impacts from the current set of laws. … If your feminism excludes marginalized groups of people then it’s not worthy of it’s name.”

You can follow Fuckförbundet on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

SWAT  – Sex Workers + Allies Translate, Edit + Design

SWAT Logo © Helen Chan for SWAT

“The aim of SWAT is not only to provide sex workers and allies with a network to enable sex work knowledge sharing across as cultural and language barriers, but also to reward contributors for their work whenever possible.”

Please click here for information about SWAT in 18 languages. Please contact SWAT via email if you would like to contribute your skills. You are also invited to join the SWAT Facebook group.


The Swedish original of this article was written by Carl-Johan Liljedahl and first published as “Barn till prostituerad omhändertas” (Child of prostitute taken into care) at Kristianstadsbladet (January 13th, 2018). The terms “prostitution/prostitute” and “sex buyer” were replaced with “sex work/sex worker” and “client.” The copyright for the original article lies with Kristianstadsbladet. It is not licensed under a Creative Commons License.

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In Pictures: 2017 Sex Workers’ Protest in Seoul

“We are the sex workers of Korea! Repeal the Anti-Sex Trade Laws!”

On October 24, 2017, sex workers rallied once again to call for the abolition of South Korea’s Anti-Sex Trade Laws, which came into force in 2004 and were upheld by the country’s Constitutional Court with a 6-3 majority ruling in 2016. On Tuesday, about 1,500 sex workers made their way from Daegu, Jeonju, Masan, Paju, Pohang, Pyeongtaek, Suwon and Wonju to join their colleagues at Sejongno Park in downtown Seoul to demand respect for sex workers’ human rights and the decriminalization of sex work. The event was organized by 한터 Hanteo, the National Union of Sex Workers. Ironically, Korean president Moon Jae-in had a meeting with union leaders on the same day, promising to closely cooperate with workers in developing his administration’s labour policies.

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1. Banner behind the stage of the massive sex worker protest in Seoul, organised by 한터 Hanteo, the National Union of Sex Workers. As the director of an English language institute pointed out on Twitter: “Better English here than on most ads coming from major Korean conglomerates.”

2. Massive turnout! Around 1,500 sex workers came from Daegu, Jeonju, Masan, Paju, Pohang, Pyeongtaek, Seoul, Suwon and Wonju to join the protest and demand respect for sex workers’ rights and the decriminalization of sex work.

3. A photo from the first-ever sex worker protest in Belfast in 2014 in front of the Stormont Parliament Buildings was on display at the sex worker protest at Sejongno Park in Seoul on October 24, 2017.

4. Sex worker activist 장세희 Jang Sehee greets fellow sex workers who came from all over Korea to join the protest in Seoul on October 24, 2017.

5. Drumming up support for sex workers’ rights! Amazing performance by 여성타악그룹 도도 (Women Percussion Group Exciting DoDo) at the sex worker protest in Seoul on October 24, 2017.

6. This lady’s placard calls on Korean president 문재인 Moon Jae-in to finally scrap laws criminalising sex work; while on her top it says, “Don’t judge a girl by her clothes”.

7. A Korean journalist busily typing away at yesterday’s sex worker protest in downtown Seoul. Over half of the media reports published so far include the term 성노동자 (seongnodongja, sex worker) – as opposed to 성매매 여성 (seongmaemae yeosong, lit. sex trade female; ‘seongmaemae’ being used interchangeably in Korean for both ‘prostitution’ and ‘sex trafficking’ [sic]).

8. “The Anti-Sex Trade Laws aren’t right” – Sex workers brought placards and provisions for yesterday’s protest in Seoul against the criminalization of sex work.

 


[Photo] Queer Sex Workers’ Lives Matter

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Despite a military crackdown on gay servicemen, politicians refusing to enact anti-discrimination legislation, and fundamentalist faith groups engaging in “Homosexuality Countermeasures”, South Korea has just witnessed its biggest-ever queer parade. Korean sex workers’ rights activist Yeoni Kim and others carried a message on their T-shirts that still needs plenty of amplifying, not only but especially in Korea: Queer Sex Workers’ Lives Matter! LGBT 성노동자도 함께 합니다!

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