I am an Abolitionist – but a major barrier to that dream is finding exiting schemes that fit the prostituted.
Until and when we discover how to make exiting long-term and truly a fit for everyone who has been in the sex trade – we will never build an Abolitionist movement that works.
Look, at how the Abolition has fail African-Americans by never building full human rights and dignity for their futures – we must learn from history.
I with many others will fight to build exiting as realistic and no longer a dream.
We need all ideas, all routes into the imagined futures and the ability to listen to realities of those who been inside the sex trade.
To build exiting we need to think with more expansion.
We must not stop at harm reduction or short-term counselling.
I find it interesting how often the sex work lobby support harm reduction – that should make all Abolitionists question whether it works.
To give out condoms, have short chats and then leave – it that not putting a band-aid on a cut throat.
Again, see history.
See how we patch up soldiers, stopping trauma enough to send back to the slaughter in WW1.
See how we did no long-term counselling for survivors of many genocides in the last century.
See all this – and see wounded people left with no hope, no justice and no route back to full humanity.
The coffee and condoms approach is leaving the prostituted in danger – and in the long run is turning a blind eye to their genocide.
Of course, it is important to reach out to those inside the sex trade – but do it with a purpose and reach out to everyone not just the chosen few.
The coffee and condom brigade usually only reach to street-based prostituted peoples.
This exclude the vast majority of those in brothels, those being sold online, those inside the porn industry, those frames girlfriend experience or escorting – in fact it exclude most street-based prostituted folks as well.
So it is a system that the sex trade can allow, knowing it will little or no impact on their profits.
I see the coffee and condom brigade as overseers working for the sex industry.
Yes, they appear to be fighting the oppression, but in fact many of these schemes are enabling the sex trade profiteers and protecting the punters.
To truly fight the sex trade, we must go root and branch – we must see the issue is to attack the buying and selling of the prostituted as a class, and not be distracted by the individual sad story.
This means we must see that it it mainly an issue of Male violence, Male oppression and the oppression of every person in every aspect of the sex trade.
We must see that most sex trade profiteers are males, and when it females it too often under male control.
We must see almost all that consumed the trade in all its forms are Male.
If we refuse to see those basic truths, we can never go forward with Abolition.
To not see this, is to betrayed all the prostituted and to keep them as sub-humans.
I would love your opinions, but I so exhausted with this struggle.