Survivors Connect, the international online leaderless network of trafficking/prostitution survivors, has voted to stand with our Canadian sisters in the Aboriginal Women’s Action Network , SexTrade101, and Concertation des Luttes Contre L’Exploitation Sexuelle (CLES) AGAINST the Bedford prostitution decision. These amazing women have selflessly and tirelessly been educating the public about how the Bedford decision harms women in prostitution. Here’s our statement:
We the 34 trafficking/prostitution survivor members of Survivors Connect stand with the women of the Aboriginal Women’s Action Network, SexTrade101, La Concertation des Luttes Contre L’Exploitation Sexuelle (CLES), and Educating Voices. We are very sad and shocked by the Ontario Bedford case decision. It’s especially troubling that the Bedford ruling upholds the criminalisation of prostitutes selling sex on the street, as these women are almost always traumatized crime victims who need support not arrest. Meanwhile the ruling empowers the people who terrorize and exploit these women by putting the law behind them. Legalizing brothels hurts women in prostitution by legitimizing the male and female pimps who own brothels, escort services or call themselves “drivers” or “bodyguards.” As Natasha Falle has said, “its not the laws that prevent the prostituted from reporting to the police, its the men (and women) who buy and sell them that label them rats and snitches if they do. Violence/death the penalty.” As Trisha Baptie and Bridget Perrier have stated, ”It’s not the streets that kill the women, it’s the men that kill the women.”
Survivors Connect Network is completely autonomous. All of our 34 members are trafficking/prostitution survivors. We have no hierarchy or leader. We vote on each political issue we choose to address, so we voted on whether or not to issue this statement. Not one member voted against it.
Joining our voices makes us stronger and harder to ignore. We are sisters and survivors. Nothing will break the bonds between us. We are Survivors Connect. We welcome sister survivors with joy. All members are carefully screened via personal reference, phone calls or video chat to make sure no male or female pimps or Johns get in.
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