SWOP-NOLA does not in any way support sex trafficking.
However, we also believe that there is danger in the conflation of sex trafficking and sex work. As Sex Workers Without Borders states
“We are not limited to a false construct that all in the sex industry are unwilling participants…Advocating human rights for all sex workers does not take away from efforts to bring freedom to those suffering forced participation.”
The notion that all sex workers are victims of sex trafficking is both inaccurate and unfair–to trafficking victims and voluntary sex workers alike.
More on Sex Trafficking
- Sex Workers Without Borders: Statement on Sex Trafficking
- Sex Trafficking: An Abolitionist Fallacy
- What’s the Cost of a Rumor? A guide to Sorting Out the Myths and Facts About Sex Trafficking and Sporting Events from the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW)
- Exploitation and Trafficking of Women: Critiquing Narratives During the London Olympics 2012 – Kate Cooper and Sue Branford for the Central America Women’s Network (CAWN)
- COLLATERAL DAMAGE – The Impact of Anti-Trafficking Measures on Human Rights around the World from the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW)
- Moving Beyond ‘Supply and Demand’ Catchphrases: Assessing the Uses and Limitations of Demand-Based Approaches in Anti-Trafficking from the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women
- The Eye of the Beholder: How Bad Data, Scrambles for Funding and Professional Bias Shape Human Trafficking Law and Policy – Dina Francesca Haynes
- Keeping Sex Workers Quiet: Reducing the sex industry to human trafficking silences the sex workers fighting for their labor rights – Alana Massey (in Jacobin Magazine)
- Caught Between the Tiger and the Crocodile: The Campaign to Suppress Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation in Cambodia – draft from APNSW – Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers and published at Paulo Longo Research Institute
- “From Sex Worker to Seamstress: The High Cost of Cheap Clothes” from Vice News
Cambodia’s aggressive anti-trafficking campaign is designed to rescue and rehabilitate sex workers. But many women say authorities in Cambodia are actually forcing them into a trade where conditions and pay are even worse: making clothing for Western brands. VICE founder Suroosh Alvi traveled to Phnom Penh to speak with former and current sex workers, officials, and labor organizers to investigate what is happening to those swept up in the country’s trafficking crackdown.
- Caught between the Tiger and the Crocodile – from APNSW – Asian Pacific Network of Sex Workers (Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers)
Sex workers in Cambodia have fought against the 100% Condom Use Program and the abuses associated with it for many years.Now Cambodia has a new anti-trafficking law which makes all sex work illegal, and where sex workers can be sent for mandatory rehabilitation.Cambodian Sex Worker groups and APNSW have fought against both of these abusive systems. This film shows the human rights abuses inherent in both approaches.
- Sex Workers WANT to Stop Trafficking: A Public Service Announcement from Red Light District Chicago
Sex workers and advocates for sex workers say why it’s important to include them, and their clients, in the fight against sex trafficking. They ARE part of the solution, but criminalization and harassment by law enforcement often prevents them from doing so.