TITLE

Exploitation or Expectations: Moving Beyond Consent

AUTHOR(S)
Vijeyarasa, Ramona
PUB. DATE
June 2010
SOURCE
Women's Policy Journal of Harvard;2010, Vol. 7, p11
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The issue of consent in prostitution has plagued feminist critical thinking for decades, with debates dividing abolitionists on the one side and pro-sex-worker advocates on the other. These debates reached a peak at the 2000 negotiations concerning the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons (hereafter, UN Protocol). In this article, I argue that one decade later, it is time to move the focus in feminist discourse on prostitution and trafficking away from consent. Debating what does and does not constitute "consent" serves only to leave migrant women in the sex industry in destination countries--whether "coerced" or "voluntary"--no more protected than before the UN Protocol came into force. Using hypothetical examples, my aim is to foster a renewed search for common ground on how we frame prostitution, trafficking, and undocumented migration. I suggest there are mutual interests between opposing feminist perspectives in discussing the "unmet expectations" of all exploited undocumented migrants, allowing both groups of feminists to unite to advocate for the rights of even "willing victims" who face exploitation and abuse under conditions contrary to their expectations prior to embarking on a search for better opportunities.
ACCESSION #
57236176

 

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