A Deep Betrayal

Last week, Amnesty International made the decision to back the decriminalisation of all aspects the sex trade.

This is about saying buying a human as sexual goods should become a human right.

That laws preventing profiteering/pimping should be taken down.

What it not about is the safety or mental welfare of the prostituted.

This is the biggest betrayal I have ever experience in my lifetime – and if it becomes normalised, it will lead to decades of the sexual slavery continuing without interference.

Last week, I was too heartbroken and full of trauma to write. Now I will to personal and political, why I and so exited women are so angry and deeply hurt.

I will look at some of Amnesty’s slogans and how they have chosen to ignore them.


This is the most sickening part of this new policy.

It would appear that the prostituted are not human enough to have the human right to have protection from torture.

We need to be clear that too of prostitution would named as torture if the same was done to political prisoners – especially if they were males.

Rapes over and over and over and over is torture.

Amnesty would call that torture if it non-prostituted women and girls in wars, or if it done to political prisoners.

Most punters used the bodies of the prostituted to replay porn they have seen or read.

The purpose of porn is degrade and hurt the woman – often in ways that cause severe injury or death.

That is torture – plain and simple.

But it seemed if you it “sex work”, pretend there is an equal business exchange, and imagine the prostitute has chosen the lifestyle – then it cannot be torture.


Calling it “sex work” is just used to hide male violence, and that all prostitution is founded on not caring how the prostituted are treated as long as a profit can made.

I was tortured for many years, always in legal and mainstream aspects of indoors prostitution.

I was tortured by water with anal rape, I was tortured by gang-rapes one after the other, I was anally tortured, I was tortured by having penises/objects force down my throat or into my cunt, I was tortured by beating me unconscious – and so much more that my brain does not want to remember.

I am not unique or even rare. In many ways, I was better off than most prostituted women and girls.

I was born white and into the middle-class, so my tortures were nowhere near as what happens to prostituted women not from that background.

Black, Asian, indigenous and poor prostituted women and girls are viewed by the sex as disposable – and are usually placed with punters who are the most sadist.

Amnesty in Canada is fighting for justice the Million Women Missing, who are mainly indigenous women – but if some of those are found alive and in prostitution, would Amnesty turn it back on them.


Oh Amnesty, let’s be honest – lets change that to PROTECT THE MAN, for you have thrown away all women by denying human rights to the prostituted.

This is so tragic, for you do fabulous work when you stick to individual political prisoners.

I know your letter-writing have given joy and hope to many political prisoners, even made the most horrific governments free them afraid of the bad publicity.

Why do you have to take the world over, when what you were doing was working?

You have no understanding or knowledge of what it is to be prostituted – especially the only information you have read is the propaganda, lies and spin of the sex trade lobby.

Amnesty, you claim to care about the most trodden on, but then you listen to sex trade profiteers and ignore exited women.

Do you have no shame?

The prostituted are not being protected – we are being thrown into the sea.

But Amnesty the hurt and betrayal is more than just your hypocrisy – the message you give out loud and clear is

The prostituted are not human, so why bother with human rights for them.

That is what exited women and abolitionists hear, and why there such fury and pain at your policy.

You may as be a sex trade profiteer or punter, for that is how you view the prostituted – as sub-human sexual goods, and you pour salt into our wound by naming it “sex work”.

If you think it just a job, then think of the conditions.

Is it normal at work to rape on an industrial scale? Is it normal at work to have to numb out pain from those countless rapes, and to learn to close your mind to that reality?

Is it normal at work for the manager to take a huge cut, or take fees as a punishment, or just not pay at all?

Is it normal at work for women and girls to just disappear on a regular basis?

Is it sex to place the prostitute in constant worry of whether she will live?

Is it normal when having sex to blocked it out with drugs/alcohol?

If you think any of that is ok, you should worry about yourself – but that is what prostitution is.

To say that hell is ok, is to say we really don’t give a shit about the welfare of the prostituted.

That is the bottom line, Amnesty with this terrible policy, you have shown your hand.

You really don’t give a shit about the basis human rights of the prostituted.

22 responses to “A Deep Betrayal

  1. A disagreement about the approach to prostitution policy doesn’t necessarily indicate a complete lack of compassion for prostitutes on A.I.’s behalf.

    I don’t want to tire you, or incite eye rolls with an argument that regulation could go a long way to lessen the atrocities (you’ve listed here) experienced by many. I’m sure you have your own evidence to the contrary, just as I have mine for mine.

    I’m not trying to incite a battle of statistics.

    The situation is clearly not perfect, and so too will any solution will be far from it. But you don’t even mention the rationale behind Amnesty’s decision outside of your own framing of it, which they would (of course) disagree with.

    Granted, it’s not necissarily your responsibility to advocate for their point of view, but it would certainly make your argument stronger if you expanded your perspective into something more pragmatic and inclusive.

    If our shared objective is to lessen suffering, and maximize freedom- all of our perspectives on this issue should be explored for potential leads. Any progress we can make in humanizing and protecting workers in dire situations, in my view, is a good.

    Opinions amongst prostitutes and those involved with pornography differs for more widely than yours and mine. That fact alone creates a giant road block to the complete abolishment of sex work.

    The legal/ social framework in some countries where prostitution is legal may still be greatly lacking (and exploitative) but there is at least something in place, something to reform and make better. It’s imperfection isn’t a sound argument against it.

    This might not be enough for you. In fact, I’m sure it isn’t. And I empathize with your position.

    In this situation I think a lot about the war on drugs, and its complete failure. I’m just not certain that the criminalization of sex work is the answer, but I think we can still stand with common intention and purpose.


  2. Amnesty’s duplicitous lies are appalling. They make a mockery of human rights. How come their ‘research’ has resulted In such a different conclusion to the majority of the European Parliament, the European Commison and the Uks cross party research? Not to mention, the French lower house, Canada’s government and Northen Ireland who have all looked at this recently. The answer to this is that Amnesty were never concerned with the prostituted but with men’s right to buy sex and pimps to make money. My only hope is that this will back fire and the publicity given to the issue will result in more people understanding the Nordic approach. This is a real call to action. Your voice does not go unheard Rebecca. After I cancelled my membership last year, Amnesty phoned me up and asked me to contribute to their campaign focusing on torture in some country – I said no and said that as survivors such as you Rebecca, have called for prostition to be considered torture I would not support an organisation supporting pimping and brothel owning.


  3. It is not sex work, that is the vital point. For to label prostitution as such, is speak in the interests of punters and sex trade profiteers. The language of sex work is used to hide the violence, hide male entitlement, and to push prostitution indoors. I used the term prostituted to make clear the power imbalance in prostitution – where the prostituted are made sub-human sexual goods, and punter has the entitlement to own and do whatever violence on the prostitute’s body. In that environment, it cannot be called either sex or work – but conditions of slavery.
    This is not debate – for you do not debate when so many of the prostituted are dying and being tortured, but when there is complete safety. Debating when others are drowning does nothing to help them.


  4. If you hated it why didn’t you leave?

    If you were forced to stay why didn’t you go to the police?

    If the police wouldn’t have done anything, even though you were kept as a sex slave – which is massively illegal – then isn’t that the real problem?

    Your story doesn’t add up unless you secretly believe that you weren’t forced, that you made a choice, and you can’t face the guilt that makes you feel about the abuse you suffered in childhood.


  5. I am keeping this up, just to show the deep ignorance of those who support the sex trade. This is either a want-to-be punter or an actual punter, so is justifying reasons for his own actions and hatred of the prostituted. The pathetic blaming that I was abused as a child is very telling.


  6. Every time someone comments defending Amnesty International, they show their deep misogyny and disregard for women’s bodies and lives and spirits.

    It is known that the Nordic model protects women.

    It is known that complete decriminalisation protects men.

    It is absolutely telling that men are commenting on an article, commenting on a woman’s lived experience, with an attitude as if they know better than any woman.

    Any man who defends decriminalisation is a vile creature, happy to offer up women to the sanctity of his orgasm.

    No wonder they’re happy to defend a system that defends the men buying sex, they don’t want to run the risk they’re not legally entitled to use women as masturbatory aids anymore, they’re terrified they won’t be able to rape in exchange for money anymore.

    If you comment on this post defending decriminalisation of the sex buyers, you are no better than a rapist.


  7. Wow J, she said it (surface level, mind you) like it really is, and you try to redirect this into a soft debate about policies and perspectives. Are you really listening at all yet? This is deeper reality, just one layer down, mind you…that AI is totally glossing over/covering up/sanctioning by its blatantly unethical and immoral decision. Keith, grow up, man!


  8. Amnesty International does not give a shit about the basic human rights of all women and children.

    If they did, they could not advocate for the State to step aside and give free reign to men who want to pay to penetrate people with their dicks. Women and children make up most of those who men pay for “sex”. Many were minor children when the first john put down his money to rape them. Please take a moment and imagine what that does to a child.

    Women and children will make up the majority of those who will be coerced into paid rape by men in the future.

    When strangers stick their dick in your anus, vagina, and down your mouth into your throat, gagging you, it is not work. It is not work. It is so physically and/or mentally painful it causes many who are subject to it to disassociate. Which helps her bear the pain, but also, sadly, causes a split, where she no longer has a full sense of herself as a person who has the right not to be fucked by johns. And so she freezes, stuck, as john after john hands over his cash and fucks her.

    This is the “consensual sex work” which Amnesty International is supporting. For girls and women who are being fucked over right now, and for the girls and women who will be the supply to be penetrated by johns, in the future.

    Rebecca, you speak the truth. And you are supported by many, who can see.


  9. Am I listening? I am. But I can’t help but feel I’m not being heard. If you read my prior comment, my advocation is not a complete endorsement of Amnesty, or their policy. (Which yes, it is a policy decision that brings us to this discussion here today, with yes, our perspectives.) My fundamental point is that I think we can disagree, but still engage in meaningful, respectful discourse.

    Instead, my thoughts and feelings about this have prompted one person to say I’m not better than a rapist, and another to chime in with her support of that assessment. For me engaging in a discussion overlooked by 99% of society. Maybe you really feel that way, but if that’s your moral paradigm I don’t know how you function on a day to day basis.

    There’s a deep irony here. Perhaps it’s completely impossible for us to communicate with one another. Perhaps we’re too entrenched in our own ideological mindsets to actually hear different perspectives. But I’m trying not to be that way.

    Listening doesn’t mean unequivically agreeing with everything in Radical Feminism 101. I think Rebecca has a very important, very strong voice, and I have the utmost respect for where she’s coming from, as well as what has informed her world view.

    But my point stands, and has in fact been strengthened by this reception. An ideology this narrow and dogmatic is not one I can be a part of. I wish you all well. I hope you make great strides with your cause.


  10. It’s astonishing that there are people commenting on here who know nothing about the issue but who see fit to lecture the author on her lived experience and to even question her testimony. I think this piece is brilliant and should be read by every wannabe liberal who throws prostituted women under a bus in their pathetic quest for PC credentials.

    Honestly, it would be laughable if it wasn’t so insulting.

    Rebecca – carry on being awesome!xx


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  12. Janie,

    1. What have I said that gives the indication that I know nothing of this issue? I think there’s validity to a lot of the points made by the author, and I’m sure you have some good points to make yourself, when your not being astonished by a dissenting opinion on an internet blog post.

    2. In what way have I lectured the author about her lived experience? This piece isn’t about her experience. It’s an overt condemnation of a stance taken by an organization. I feel this is perfectly open for discussion.

    3. If the implication is that I’m one of these wannabe liberals, I’m curious about what I said that revealed my true identity. It’s true, my quest for PC credentials has nearly enveloped every other aspect of my life, despite the fact that I have no idea what they could possibly be. Is there an award ceremony?

    4. This is exactly what I’m talking about. Why do I have to be “pathetic”? How the hell does that move anything forward in any way whatsoever?


  13. Just so much more misandrist propaganda. Your hatred of men is blinding you to the plight of the sex worker. I pity your sons for you will hate them too.


  14. To those who think that slavery is okay so long as it’s sexual, I’d like to say two things.

    One, theoretically, in some universe without greed or hunger or fear or hate, in some universe without any sexism or misogyny, some people might be interested in providing sex as a service. In that universe, the numbers of people interested would be about the same across genders.

    We don’t live in that universe.

    Two, in this universe, what you’re defending is buying human beings. Slavery. And, no, it does not make it all better that the transaction is a rental. Rental property is treated worse, not better, than single-owner. Nor does it make it all better that it involves sex. Sex slavery is worse — more painful, more humiliating, at least as often fatal — as labor slavery.

    Of course the slave is guilty of nothing in slavery. It’s not the slave who is the criminal. The slaveholders and buyers, though, definitely are criminals. It’s them you’re defending when you defend blanket decriminalization.

    If you’re a decent human being, is that really what you want to do? Really?


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