This is a comment by Maggie McNeill on the post “Is Prostitution ‘Cruel and Demeaning’?“
Americans, especially those in power, seem woefully unable to understand the simple human rights principle called NAUWU, “Nothing About Us Without Us”. What it means is that any minority group, especially a marginalized minority like sex workers, have the right to a leading role in any discussion about laws or regulations which will affect that group.
But in the Looking-Glass World of American prostitution law, actually knowing something about the topic, and even more so actual experience in it, is viewed as a disqualification. This is totally insane; in all civilized countries, sex workers have a prominent place in such discussions, with fantastic results: the decriminalized sex industries in New Zealand and New South Wales are the healthiest in the world, and exploitation and “trafficking” practically nonexistent.
But as in the “War on Drugs”, American leaders aren’t interested in what keeps women safe and healthy; they’re interested in “sending a message” about their agenda, even if that “message” is fatal to large numbers of citizens and criminally wasteful of scarce economic resources.
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