Trafficking/Prostitution

34 Trafficking/Prostitution Survivors Vote to Stand with Our Canadian Sisters Against the Bedford Prostitution Decision

In Aboriginal Women's Action Network, Bedford decision, prostitution, SexTrade101, trafficking on 2012/03/28 at 9:58 pm

survivors connect, human trafficking, sex work, prostitution, bedford case, canada, sex trade 101, aboriginal women's action network, natasha falle, bridget perrier, trisha baptie

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 NetworkSexTrade101 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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  3. amazing. made a me a little teary eyed, we can do it xxx

  4. We can do it. We will. This is our time. So much love to you all xoxoxo

  5. I would like you to know that I stand with you with the deepest respect and honor for you and what you are doing. Kathleen Barry (Female Sexual Slavery)

    • After writing the above,
      I see by your statement as I reread it that you are calling for survivors of prostitution and trafficking to stand with you which does not qualify me but I just want you to know how important and courageous your actions are to me. Kathleen Barry

      • Dear Kathleen, I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that you have come on here to post! As for your qualification to stand alongside us, there are few women in this world I can think of as qualified as you are to do that. Your book ‘The Prostitution of Sexuality’ is a great gift to survivors of prostitution, probably more so than you know. (I would advise any survivor reading this to run straight out and buy that book)

        Some years after I exited prostitution I set about trying to understand the social politics of what happened to me, to really understand it on an intellectual level. I needed to do that; I needed to know how to decode and interpret it in my mind, because I was almost overwhelmed by the emotional decoding and interpreting that was done automatically by my body. Your book was one of several texts I read that allowed me to do that, and was in part responsible for helping me heal.

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  7. That we voted unanimously says it all. So much love to our Canadian sisters, xxx

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  15. I wish my French were better, so that I could directly address the Canadian Aboriginal women who are being exploited. My heart goes out to all of you. Between your group and the Survivors Network, I am utterly amazed by the courage you’ve displayed. I haven’t gotten through all of the related articles yet, but my attitude toward prostitution has changed. I used to believe that if it were made legal, with benefits for the women, wellness checks and basic human rights, I would and could support any woman’s right to do with her own body what she chose. But does anyone ever really choose to be a prostitute or call girl? I’m beginning to think not, at least in any real sense of the word “choice.” I want to learn more, so I guess I’ll be hanging out around here reading. Thank you for sharing.

    • OnX, that is so very encouraging. That what we are doing is changing some peoples minds makes the stress and the pain of revisiting this trauma all worthwhile. Thank you for your comments.

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  28. Thank you for what you are doing. I’ve added a link to your site on my blog. Best wishes, Ruth

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