Labor law analysis of the issue of prostitution (sex work, sexual exploitation, sex trade)
What is it about?
This article first deconstructs the argument of the ‘pro-sex-work’ lobby that the prostitution of women should be defended as workers’ rights. It then proposes that the feminist abolitionist movement should fully integrate the issue of labour rights for women at the centre of its political discourse.
Why is it important?
One of the main strategies of the pro-sex work lobby is to present prostitution as nothing more or less than normal job, similar to any other. Slogans such as ‘sex work is work’ or ‘sex work is decent: we demand labour rights’ highlight this stream of thought. However, if we scrutinize labour law, there are many contradictions between workers’ rights and what they call sex workers’ rights.
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