Here’s a personal appeal from Demand Abolition Founder and Chair, Ambassador Swanee Hunt, asking you to reach out to Amnesty International.
You can intervene at a crucial moment.
At its summit in Dublin this past August, Amnesty International passed a resolution calling for the full decriminalization of prostitution, including brothel owning, pimping, and sex-buying.
As I wrote in an op-ed for Global Post, prostituted people should not be criminalized for their own exploitation. But those who perpetuate the buying and selling of human beings for profit need to be held accountable. Amnesty’s resolution implies that decriminalization of sex buyers and pimps would improve the health and social status of “sex workers.” But the truth is full decriminalization of commercial sex will do neither. It only serves to normalize an inherently exploitive practice, deeply rooted in gender-based violence and inequality. Increased decriminalization would increase this dangerous industry—and all its related harms, including sex trafficking—throughout the world.
Sometime in the very near future, Amnesty International’s board will meet to draft an official stance on the issue. There’s still an opportunity to engage board members and encourage them to create a policy that advocates for services and protection of those sold for sex, but doesn’t provide the same for their exploiters—sex buyers, pimps, and brothel owners.
I’m asking my friends and allies to stand with me, and let Amnesty know we are united against total decriminalization of the sex trade. To get involved:
Together we can stop Amnesty International from making a sad mistake.
Ambassador Swanee Hunt