EP4: Sex work versus sexual exploitation
We can’t talk about human trafficking without having difficult conversations. In this episode, the Traffik Report Collective takes on the polarized debates about the commercial sex trade. Some people working on the frontlines see the sex trade as fundamentally exploitative and think the solution is to abolish it altogether. Some look at it from a labour perspective and advocate to ensure the rights of sex workers are respected like other workers in the labour force. How do we break this polarized framework? How do we find common ground and trust in order place people who have experienced coercion at the centre of conversations?
Hosted by Elvira Truglia and Fay Faraday
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We encourage you to host conversations in your community and do your own research on this topic. Here are a few resources to get you started:
Causing harm while trying to help women in sex work, on OpenDemocracy.net
Stop the Harm from Anti-Trafficking Policies & Campaigns: Support Sex Workers’ Rights, Justice, and Dignity, by Butterfly, the Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network
To find out more about the range of issues and perspectives about human trafficking, see the annotated bibliography on human trafficking by the Refugee Research Network.
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