WHY SEX WORK CAN NEVER BE CONSIDERED A 'NORMAL' JOB
In whose name are we speaking?
We are not speaking from a moralistic paradigm and definitely not taking the role of morality police. Prostituted persons are often prisoners of their circumstances often lumbered with economic hardships which are interlinked with personal and social problems and with substance abuse and abusive relationships.
In the name of girls, women, boys, and men (including trans) who on a daily basis are being commodified by criminal networks and pimps.
Considering that nearly 100 per cent of the buyers are men, we also speak in the name of women who are unaware that their partner visits prostitutes and then bear the consequences. In the name of men who care for women and who would never buy sex.
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SOME KEY FACTS
For the vast majority of women in prostitution the age of entry is below 18 and 75% of those involved are between 13 and 25 years (EU, 2014). Some girls are groomed from a young age, 12 – 13 and the most vulnerable children coming from the most dysfunctional families are specifically targeted by pimps (EU, 2016).
The EU claims that between 43% and 69% sex workers have been abused many were homeless at some point in their lives (Farley et al, 2003).
In the Netherlands it is estimated that 60-70% of the women in prostitution are forced by criminal groups (EU, 2014).