The Sex Trade: Lies, the ‘Voice of the Voiceless’ and Other Silencing Tactics

A post from a former sex worker, Ruth Jacobs in which she argues against the adoption of the so-called Swedish Model which criminalises those who pay for sex, on the grounds that it makes the lives of prostitutes more dangerous. I have read Ruth’s first novel, Soul Destruction about a drug addicted woman engaged in prostitution and can recommend it. My own short story, Samantha which deals with a young woman forced into prostitution in Liverpool can be downloaded from the Amazon Kindle store.

Ruth Jacobs

Silence by Alberto Ortiz, Flickr Photo credit: Alberto Ortiz, Flickr

This article was first published on The Huffington Post – 2 June 2014

Most people are voiceless because no one is letting them talk or listening to them when they do. There is a lot to be said for quitting being the voice of the voiceless and letting people speak for themselves. But not by those seeking to abolish the sex trade. Words are put into people’s mouths when they can be, and when they can’t, those people are silenced and dismissed.

Amnesty International UK has not accepted such tactics, instead listening to people in the sex industry and voting for decriminalising the consensual sale of sex between adults and rejecting the “end demand” Swedish model at their recent AGM. But in the European Parliament, these underhand tactics, which influenced voting earlier this year, have yet to be condemned.

These are 5 places where lies and silencing tactics need to stop:

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