Botswana’s blitz on sex workers took off over the weekend with at least 30 women arrested as part of a campaign to curb the influx of sex workers and gays in the southern African country.
.Botswana recently embarked on a campaign that prostitutes will either be detained if they are locals or deported if they are foreigners for their “disorderly and indecent” behaviour.
Acting Botswana Police Services (BPS) public relations officer, Mr Dipheko Motube insists the campaign must be treated like any other operation targeting emerging crime trends. “Sex work, like any other offence, is worrisome in this country.
It’s one of the offences that are prevalent in this country, but we treat it like any other offence,” Mr Motube said.
The question is, what should our intervention be? Do we work to introduce systems that can combat the violence - such as ending impunity for police who perpetrate violence, and improving the conditions of work so that women can work on safe premises rather than having to work on the street - or do we ask for the industry to be abolished, as Equality Now is effectively doing with its petition?
If we should demand the abolition of any situation that can possibly be violent, then why aren’t the prostitution abolitionists asking for the abolition of marriage when we know that a substantial proportion of violence against women and girls occurs within marriage, and that women and girls are forced, even trafficked, into marriage?.
We need to have a consistent view of what we think is an inherent violation of women’s rights and bodily autonomy, and what is not. Otherwise, it would seem, that the calls for criminalizing sex work have less to do with possible violations in sex work, which can and should be managed, and more to do with the stigma attached to working with a part of the body we are uncomfortable with, as opposed to our heads and hands.
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Beautiful handmade poster/birthday gift from Emily Davidson. #feminist #feminism #sexwork #art #poster
We usually keep our reblogs to a minimum, but I love this poster so much that I thought it had to be shared. Wish I had my own copy!
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Why having civilian friends as a sex worker can be a real pain in the ass—on stigma, alienation, and being someone’s “dominatrix friend.”
Wow, this hit home. The writer goes into detail about why their friend group is pretty much only made up of current or former sex workers (largely because civilians struggle to see them as full people, and get hung up on the work thing one way or another), and then talks about how because they are an indoor worker who is primarily surrounded by indoor-working friends who are generally already politically active and aware of the issues at hand, they aren’t actually doing much in terms of outreach or education on sex worker issues.
I feel this article so much. Sometimes, when I’m contributing here to SWP or elsewhere, I feel like…I’m preaching to my own choir. It can feel like I have nothing to say that hasn’t already been said, and like…I don’t know. I mean, how many times can we have the same conversation about trafficking? We all know. Many of us read the same articles and loosely move within the same circles, especially in the politically loud-mouthed SW community online.
This article is a good reminder to do some self-care, and then be ready to have hard, annoying, uncomfortable conversations with civilians. To be out when it is safe. To reach out to people outside the bubble, and bring them in.
While sure, intent isn’t magical, and of course, no one is obligated to cater to a privileged group that dehumanizes them (seriously, and if someone is an asshole, tell them to fuck off bc fuck that), understanding that there are plenty of well-meaning people who are being informed by their ignorance on the subject of sex work. We can change that.
The most powerful activism is the kind that we do in our personal lives, by being who we are and using our fabulous brains and our lived experiences to share with others. Taking ourselves out of the bubble is good, even when it’s hard.
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