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Jasmine Grace Marino, of Nashua, N. Marino says she was forced to work at sites in Connecticut and Maine for five years by her then-boyfriend as she struggled with drugs and alcohol in her 20s. She's since written a book about her experience and runs Bags of Hope, a Boston-based nonprofit that helps women who have been trafficked or dealing with addiction and homelessness.
The Amnesty vote comes in the context of a prolonged international debate about how to deal with prostitution and protect the interests of so-called sex workers. It is a debate in which I have a personal stake — and I believe Amnesty is making a historic mistake. I entered the sex trade — as most do — before I was even a woman. At age 14, I was placed in the care of the state after my father committed suicide and because my mother suffered from mental illness.
Too often, when we think of sex trafficking in America, we imagine women smuggled here from Asia or Latin America, when in fact we should be picturing everyday girls and women from our own neighborhoods, exploited by pimps and brothel owners in our own cities and towns. It took her years to break free. Fortunately for our society, Washington is waking up.
Those opposed to the legislation, including the Sex Workers Alliance Ireland SWAIsaid that it has made the job of the worker a lot more dangerous and that demand for sex has not reduced as a result — with the exception of the Christmas holiday period. The prospect of arrest has created a greater sense of paranoia for clients who are now convinced that they are going to be caught. It is still illegal for more than one woman to operate out of the same premises.
There are government-regulated brothels where foreign and local women legally offer sexual services to customers. These women are required to carry health cards and to undergo regular medical check-ups. Note that all references to prostitution in this article relate to commercial sex between a male and a female.
The large and persistent influx of illegal aliens contributes to an environment of vulnerability and abuse. Wherever the law fails to hold people accountable, crime will flourish. Trafficking is the recruitment and possible transport of persons within or across boundaries by force, fraud, or deception for the purpose of exploiting them economically. Victims are lured with false promises of good jobs and better lives, and then forced to work under brutal and inhuman conditions.
Sex workers all over the world face a constant risk of abuse. This is not news. Nor is it news that they are an extremely marginalized group of people, frequently forced to live outside the law.
Prostitution law varies widely from country to country, and between jurisdictions within a country. At one extreme, prostitution or sex work is legal in some places and regarded as a professionwhile at the other extreme, it is a crime punishable by death in some other places. In many jurisdictions, prostitution — the commercial exchange of sex for money, goods, service, or some other benefit agreed upon by the transacting parties — is illegal, while in others it is legal, but surrounding activities, such as soliciting in a public place, operating a brotheland pimpingmay be illegal.