- Feb 17, 2013
Something huge people never think of is that it is effectively impossible for sex workers to have elected or mandated representation as long as they are outside the law, currently they get represented by whoever can grab the reins and can afford to stay there...this is what Ruhama claimed to do for more than 20 years - represent sex workers, while lobbying for the opposite of everything sex workers actually wanted and needed. SWAI and Uglymugs form a tight, exclusionist clique, at present they are saying most of the right things, most of the time but that isn't enough. ALL sex workers need to know and feel that they have a say in the way they are represented.The GMB union in Scotland has set up a sex workers union. Irish unions should follow suit. The issue needs to be decriminalised so that sex workers can improve working conditions and report abusive clients. The fear of being prosecuted is deterring sex workers from reporting assaults by clients, as evidenced by the rising incidence of assaults on sex workers since the new law came in.
Scotland gets first sex workers' union
Without decriminalization and a proper representative Union you have a huge block of genuinely voiceless sex workers. Which leaves itself wide open to one side insisting that all voiceless sex workers dream about having their income destroyed and their lives made impossible and the other side pleading for sex workers to have the rights and freedom to advertise on a specific web site.
I think that if sex workers had a real voice and genuine representation it would shake a lot of things up. I see it is starting to happen, sex workers have finally stopped internalising stigma and recognising they have the same right to fighting back against abolitionism that the UK miners had to fight against poor wages and condition...and for exactly the same reasons, and that is happening globally, and starting to make the abolitionists look like the self serving weirdos they really are.