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Prostitution : for an Abolitionist Bill
DANS LA MEME RUBRIQUE
Burkini Is a Feminist Issue Too
The notion that it’s ok for disabled men to pay for sex is rooted in misogyny and ableism
Egyptian doctor living in Zurich produces educational videos about health and sexuality for the Arab world
Amnesty International and Prostitution : Not in Our Name !
Open letter to rabble.ca - Support Meghan Murphy suffered a misogynist campaign by the sex industry lobby
"Insectual - The Secret of the Black Butterfly", by Barbara Sala
Canada’s New Sex Trade Law
Sharia Law, Apostasy and Secularism
“Harm reduction” is not enough to appropriately analyze prostitution
True Progressives Encourage Women’s Equality, Not Their Prostitution
Sexual mutilations outside Africa : new report and new denial except the Iraqi case
FGM slowing down ? The UN asserts it, the Indonesian case contradicts it
Prostitution, STRASS and the senator - When opacity becomes relevant
Is equating prostitution and rape ‘intolerable violence’ ? Really ?
Obama, Madonna and us
After Ontario Courts rule on Bedford : a rant
Comparing Sex Buyers and Non-Sex Buyers July 2011 (Boston)
Sex resistance in heterosexual arrangements
Abolitionists of the prostitution system : who we are, what we want !
Women Living Under Muslim Laws Statement on Libya
Prostitution is a Threat to Humanity
Prostitution - Call for Australia’s prostitution laws to be tightened
Violence - An Open Letter from Black Women to SlutWalk Organizers
Nothing that is sexual can be considered criminal : hidden sexual violence in the DSK case
The Truth about Global Sex Slavery – A Book by Lydia Cacho
Why reproductive rights and prostitution are not the same thing : A response to one decriminalization argument
Prostitution - The abolitionist project within the conference Women’s Worlds 2011
Montreal - The Turcotte jury got it wrong
Reasons I Will Not Go On the Slutwalk
International Sex Industries and their Accomplices Hamper the Autonomy of All Women
Ten Critical Reasons for getting rid of Harper’s Conservatives
Real solidarity with prostituted women is in the fight for abolition of prostitution
Decriminalize prostituted persons and criminalize those who exploit them (‘johns’ and pimps)
Polygamy in Canada Should Remain Illegal
My fears of the push for indoors prostitution
We cannot be satisfied with the simple harm-reduction model
The Native Women’s Association of Canada is Worried About Himel’s Judgement on Prostitution
Ontario Court Decision Abandons Aboriginal Women and Women of Colour to Pimps
Response to the VPD review in the cases of the Pickton Murders
Speech - The effects of globalization of political Islam on Women’s Rights, the question with polygamy, the Niqab and Honour Killing
Quebec Forges Enlightened Trail on Burkas
Breast Cancer a Disease, No a Marketing Opportunity
The International Campaign To Closedown Iranian Embassies
Violation of rights in Iran, a window from my experience to a broader picture
"Sex worker" ? Never met one !
The One Million Signatures Campaign has been awarded the prestigious Global Women’s Rights Award from the Feminist Majority Foundation
Prostitution - Feminist Perspectives, a book
Prostitution : Violating the Human Rights of Poor Women
More than 1 000 american historians call for equity in the stimulus package in open letter to Obama
Order of Canada Awarded to Dr. Morgentaler - Acts of intimidation should not rule Canada
Femaid report on Afghanistan, May 2008
Time for Quebecers to be more open : Bouchard-Taylor report
Canadian Bar Association supports strengthening equality in the Quebec Charter
Zero Tolerance for Johns : How the Government of Sweden Would Respond to Spitzer
Politicians are responsible for toxic, misogynist environment facing girls
Spitzer - The Myth of the Victimless Crime
Goodbye To All That (#2)
The freedom to never prostitute oneself
NO legalized brothels for the Olympics 2010 - Aboriginal women’s Action Network statement on prostitution
CLES says NO to the violence of prostitution
Does Porn Make the Man ?
A Trip Into the Absurd
Mothers File International Complaint Against United States
Prostitutes are victims, not criminals
Anthology of Québec Women’s Plays in English Translation, Volume I (1966-1986)
The Concertation des luttes contre l’exploitation sexuelle (CLES) intervene during the upcoming provincial election
Prostitution - Three Women and a Debate
Men Favour the Apolitical Discourse on Prostitution
The Whole Truth Must be Told : Sylviane’s testimony on her experience of prostitution
Democracy and Religious Obligations : an Impasse ?
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Books by Andrea Dworkin
Globalization, Militarism and Sex Trafficking
Muslim Groups Denounce the Cultural Relativism of a Certain Left
Canadian Muslim leader alleges her veil views sparked vandalism
Prostitution : CATW’S Post-World Cup Statement
NOW to denounce so-called parental alienation
The dimensions of trafficking for purposes of prostitution
"Charm is a Guise ; Batterers Belong in Jail, Expert Says"
Interview with Catherine MacKinnon : Are Women Human ?
Danish cartoons - Doing away with the Enlightenment ?
It’s happening next door : from incestuous girls to alienating mothers
Green Light for Pimps and Johns
Buying Sex is not a Sport
Prostitution is Violence Against Women
The Ideal Site for the Crime
Tell me, what does "gender" really mean ?
Gunilla Ekberg : « The best thing we can do for our sisters is to support them to get out of prostitution »
Interview with Catharine A. MacKinnon : « They haven’t crushed me yet. »
Decriminalizing prostitution, a magnet for pimps and johns
Declaration on Religious Arbitration in Family Law
Prostitution : Towards a Canadian policy of abolition
Prostitution inseparable of violence against women
The need for a public debate on prostitution and its social consequences
Prostitution of First Nations Women in Canada
270 000 $ granted to Stella for a four days event on sex work
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Decriminalizing prostitution will not improve the security of prostituted women
Dworkin - Taking Back the Night
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The Need for a Public Debate on Prostitution and its Social Consequences
The legalization of prostitution and its impact on trafficking in women and children
Prostitution Links, Women’s Justice Center
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Sweden Treating Prostitution as Violence Against Women
Forced marriage as crime
Why Women Must Get out of Men’s Laps
International Campaing Against Shari’a Court in Canada
Decriminalize prostituted women, not prostitution
Canada Contributes to the Sexual Trafficking of Women for Purposes of Prostitution
Fathers’ Rights Groups in Australia and their Engagement with Issues in Family Law
Women Rage Against ’Rape’ in Northeast India
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Queer theory and violence against women
The Legalisation of Prostitution : A failed social experiment
Globalization and the Sex Trade : Trafficking and the Commodification of Women and Children
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Ode to Survivors
Court confirms any woman’s human right to organize with peers
Program produces motherless kids
Legitimating Prostitution as Sex Work : UN Labour Organization (ILO) Calls for Recognition of the Sex Industry (Part One)
Legitimating Prostitution as Sex Work : UN International Labour Organization Calls for Recognition of the Sex Industry (Part Two)
Elisabeth Badinter distorts feminism the better to fight it
Prostitution : Rights of Women or Right to Women ?
The "Stolen Feminism" Hoax : Anti-Feminist Attack Based on Error-Filled Anecdotes
Hormone Replacement Therapy, the "Magic Bullet" Ricochets
For the sake of the children : the law, domestic violence and children contact in England
Friendships between women good for health
Children of divorce need our protection
Divorce Bill’s flaws inadvertently aid abusers
Problem isn’t little boys, it’s little minds
A report from Status of Women Canada about the discursive denial of gender inequalities
Ten Reasons for Not Legalizing Prostitution
Poem for Peace
Peace Rally Speech of a 12 year old American Girl
Good clone, bad clone ?
Canadian Women’s Health Network
So hard to say goodbye
WHEREAS the human body is inalienable ;
WHEREAS prostitution under all its forms is a violence against women, a violation of their fundamental rights and not "a work like any other work" which could come under the authority of the Labour Code ;
WHEREAS equality among men and women, is recognized :
WHEREAS it is a blatant contradiction for a society to recommend the equality of sexes and the respect for human rights while tolerating that people buy and prostitute women, children, travestites, transsexuals, and to try eradicating prostitution without attacking the customers who constitute the cause of its existence and an inexhaustible source of profits ;
WHEREAS there is a clear need and will to create a world where one could live without being prostituted ;
WHEREAS there is an urgency to set up concrete protective measures, with an adequate financing, concerning health and security of the prostituted persons, as proof is made that in countries like Germany, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, legalization, regulation or total decriminalizing have the effect of increasing children and adults prostitution and trafficking, as well as underground activities, insecurity, violence, physical and psychological degradation of the prostituted persons, whether they are prostituted in the streets, brothels, eros centers, hotels, private houses, escort services, massage parlours, exchange clubs or nude dancers bars. Hardly some 4 % of them are registered legally because the system of prostitution is bound inextricably to organized crime, street gangs, drug dealers, local and international networks for trafficking women and children in order to prostitute them ;
WHEREAS the combined interests of the patriarchal system, based on sexual and social relations of domination, neoliberalism and the organized crime, aim to globalize the very lucrative market of women, children, travestites and transsexuals (92 billions $ US presently), by means of prostitution, pornography, sexual tourism ;
WHEREAS there are bad consequences not only for the victims of prostitution and the residents of the districts where it spreads, but for the whole society ;
WHEREAS the Canadian State must send a clear message that to sell and buy the body of a human being constitutes a crime against humanity ;
WE RECOMMEND :
1. To stop legal proceedings against the prostituted persons, who are victims of the system of prostitution and not criminals, to destroy their police record, which perpetuate their social stigmatization, deprives them from any hope of reintegration, and to make sure that the victims of trafficking can obtain if they wish the status of refugees or immigrants (art. 213).
2. To continue forbidding brothels or any other premises used for purposes of prostitution (art. 210 and 211).
3. To require more severe and effective measures against pimps and their accomplices in the institutions and the media, with a compulsory prison sentence, proportional to the gravity of the infraction, without possibility of remission (art. 212).
4. To penalize the customers prostituters and replace the current summary statement of fault by hybrid infraction*, without possibility of substituting " the johns school " and the payment of a fine to a possible police record and a prison sentence in the case of a subsequent offence. (art. 213).
5. To undertake a transnational campaign against organized crime and the bleaching of money coming from the trafficking of human beings by traffickers with the caution and complicity of the States, turning in more profits than the selling of arms or dope !
6. To fight against the causes of prostitution such as sexual stereotypes in the family, the schools and the media, sexist violence, poverty and all other forms of discrimination.
7. To stop financing the groups promoting "sex work " and granting visas to "exotic" dancers to answer the demands of pimps, bar owners, etc.
8. To set up help measures for the prostituted persons, notably detoxification care, safe houses protecting them from pimps and street gangs, a school or professional training adapted to their necessities, an allowance of social reintegration ( ARS) allowing them to start a new life without being in a critical situation.
9. To consider long-term prevention politics such as, for instance, a substantial citizenship income, universal and unconditional, or a livable income for everyone (LIFE), advocated by several women’s groups in Canada, so that nobody is obliged to be prostituted to survive.
10. To create a multidisciplinary permanent committee on prostitution, which would include community groups, women’s groups dedicated to fight violence against women, researchers, as well as medical, social, psychological, police and legal services.
• Hybrid infraction : criminal charges for which the crown can elect to proceed summarily or by indictment.
Translated by the author. Corrections are welcome !
On Sisyphe, september 11th, 2006.