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Money And Power: Commercial Sexual Exploitation In Scotland

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Money and Power: Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Scotland

thought I would post this new vid from vaw Scotland

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Money and Power: Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Scotland

thought I would post this new vid from vaw Scotland

Interesting viewing.

"9 out of 10 sex workers want to exit the industry".

Well of course they do, when they are working on the freezing cold streets night after night, with no support

from the police forces, let alone local government agencies. Instead of asking desperate, drug addicted women

who work on the streets what they thought of their overall circumstances, perhaps they should have taken the

time to ask a reasonable representation of the sex industry as a whole, to include independant escorts and

those women who choose to work from home / a flat.

One of the women interviewed said that she had been attacked and raped in the past, and that some of the other

women known to her had endured far worse. Instead of blaming the "sex industry" for the horrendous crimes

perpetrated against these women, why not take a look at the shoddy legislation instead ? Had these women been

allowed to work from a flat in pairs so as to increase the safety aspect, would those attacks have happened ?

The core problem with the sex workers interviewed is that the sex industry is for them, a means to an end.

There is no acknowledgement of the fact that for many other sex workers it is an informed decision taken

on their part after much research.

Andrea Beavon, domestic abuse co-ordinator for Scottish Borders Council said -

“People feel that it is a choice women have, but the reality is that it is a tool used by the sex industry to make

you think it is okay."

Actually, for me it is ok, and it has been for years. What is not ok, is to continue to persecute consenting adults who indulge

in paid sex. The resources utilised in doing so would be far better placed seeking and maintaining help for those women who are

drug addicted and who place themselves in danger night after night because the law prohibits them from working together in safety

and because they have a crippling addiction to feed.

"Alastair Robertson, training co-ordinator for Forth Valley Violence Against Women partnerships, who

also features in the seven-minute film, said men have to take more responsibility for their actions.

He said: “Men are the ones with the choice here - they choose to view porn on the internet, or buy a prostitute.."

Actually, the men do not "buy a prostitute", they rent our skills. The next time I have one of my subs hog-tied with clothes pegs

on his nipples, I'll remind him of how downtrodden and abused I feel, shall I ?

Linda Thompson, from the Women’s Support Project said - “These results show the normalisation that is taking place in

this country - sexual exploitation is just widely accepted, and it should not be."

Sexual exploitation is NOT acceptable and never has been. Sex workers who campaign for decriminalisation do so because those

who feel victimised or pressured into the industry will be enabled to come forward and speak to the authorities.

What benefit is there to a woman who has been attacked to go to the Police at the present time ? They may investigate

and even catch the perpetrator, but the reality is that the complainant will be on police records as a "known

prostitute", so if and when she did wish to apply for a job, a "Disclosure Scotland" check will go against her.

So as it stands, the current legislation -

1) Makes it impossible for a sex worker to work in safety, and

2) Ensures that if said worker looks for an exit, many attempts to do so will be blocked.

For those claiming to be concerned with the welfare of sex workers, there is something very wrong with that structure.

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propaganda for the rescue industry which has grown, and has provided the moral supremacists with a lucrative well paid job.

have tried to post this comment on the video,awaiting approval!

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Interesting viewing.

"9 out of 10 sex workers want to exit the industry".

Well of course they do, when they are working on the freezing cold streets night after night, with no support

from the police forces, let alone local government agencies. Instead of asking desperate, drug addicted women

who work on the streets what they thought of their overall circumstances, perhaps they should have taken the

time to ask a reasonable representation of the sex industry as a whole, to include independant escorts and

those women who choose to work from home / a flat.

One of the women interviewed said that she had been attacked and raped in the past, and that some of the other

women known to her had endured far worse. Instead of blaming the "sex industry" for the horrendous crimes

perpetrated against these women, why not take a look at the shoddy legislation instead ? Had these women been

allowed to work from a flat in pairs so as to increase the safety aspect, would those attacks have happened ?

The core problem with the sex workers interviewed is that the sex industry is for them, a means to an end.

There is no acknowledgement of the fact that for many other sex workers it is an informed decision taken

on their part after much research.

Andrea Beavon, domestic abuse co-ordinator for Scottish Borders Council said -

“People feel that it is a choice women have, but the reality is that it is a tool used by the sex industry to make

you think it is okay."

Actually, for me it is ok, and it has been for years. What is not ok, is to continue to persecute consenting adults who indulge

in paid sex. The resources utilised in doing so would be far better placed seeking and maintaining help for those women who are

drug addicted and who place themselves in danger night after night because the law prohibits them from working together in safety

and because they have a crippling addiction to feed.

"Alastair Robertson, training co-ordinator for Forth Valley Violence Against Women partnerships, who

also features in the seven-minute film, said men have to take more responsibility for their actions.

He said: “Men are the ones with the choice here - they choose to view porn on the internet, or buy a prostitute.."

Actually, the men do not "buy a prostitute", they rent our skills. The next time I have one of my subs hog-tied with clothes pegs

on his nipples, I'll remind him of how downtrodden and abused I feel, shall I ?

Linda Thompson, from the Women’s Support Project said - “These results show the normalisation that is taking place in

this country - sexual exploitation is just widely accepted, and it should not be."

Sexual exploitation is NOT acceptable and never has been. Sex workers who campaign for decriminalisation do so because those

who feel victimised or pressured into the industry will be enabled to come forward and speak to the authorities.

What benefit is there to a woman who has been attacked to go to the Police at the present time ? They may investigate

and even catch the perpetrator, but the reality is that the complainant will be on police records as a "known

prostitute", so if and when she did wish to apply for a job, a "Disclosure Scotland" check will go against her.

So as it stands, the current legislation -

1) Makes it impossible for a sex worker to work in safety, and

2) Ensures that if said worker looks for an exit, many attempts to do so will be blocked.

For those claiming to be concerned with the welfare of sex workers, there is something very wrong with that structure.

Yes Laura, and you’ve raised all the sensible points that the video overlooks. But it’s no different to the sort of video put out by any pressure group on any subject, not just those related to exploitation and the sex industry. It generalises based on specific examples, throws in spurious and unsubstantiated statistics, uses emotive terms throughout - all the usual ploys. I doubt it’ll be given much space, except by those whose mind is already made up!

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Yes Laura, and you’ve raised all the sensible points that the video overlooks. But it’s no different to the sort of video put out by any pressure group on any subject, not just those related to exploitation and the sex industry. It generalises based on specific examples, throws in spurious and unsubstantiated statistics, uses emotive terms throughout - all the usual ploys. I doubt it’ll be given much space, except by those whose mind is already made up!

That's what gets my goat. :angry:

( Not that it takes much, mind. :rolleyes: )

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I, like many others on this board, are totally against violence towards and exploitation of women.However, I do not beleive the majority working girls are exploited - girls, am I wrong?

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Laura Lee has said it all.

Wouldn't it be funny if punters and sex workers got together to do their own propaganda which was as biased as this nonsense. Lots of unsubstantiated stats about how great it all is.

When I see stuff like this video I just think well if you don't enjoy it then don't do it. The UK has universal benefits, single digit unemployment even in a recession and a minimum wage. There are other options.

If somebody is forcing you to do it then make use of the police, the health care system and the large network of charities for abused women. Please do not be a prostitute if you do not want to be.

Then let the rest of the adults who want to either make money or have sex get on with it without being persecuted.

I like porn, I like sex. Leave us alone. Sex for money is not inherently exploitative.

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Money and Power: Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Scotland

thought I would post this new vid from vaw Scotland

The video is part of a new campaign by Violence Against Women Scotland, which was launched last week Press Release from Zero Tolerance and the Women's Support Project

ACTIVISTS ACROSS SCOTLAND TO CHALLENGE THE SEX INDUSTRY

Launch of new short film and resource to support local activists

What: Launch of a new short film and resource pack exposing the reality of the prostitution, pornography and adult entertainment industries in Scotland, featuring the voices of women involved in prostitution

When: 10am Wednesday September 29th 2010

Where: Quaker Meeting House 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL

Available: Preview copy of film (embargoed until 00:01 Wednesday September 29th), interviews with Linda Thomson, Women’s Support Project, Michelle Lowe, Zero Tolerance Charitable Trust and the interviewees in the film1

Contact: Linda Thompson, Women’s Support Project 0141 552 2221 Michelle Lowe, Zero Tolerance 0131 624 8957

Organisations from across Scotland will come together in Edinburgh on Wednesday 29th September 2010 to challenge the damaging impacts of the sex industry on their communities.

Scotland’s first short film and resource pack designed to support workers in local areas to raise awareness about the harm caused by prostitution, pornography and ‘adult entertainment’ will be launched at the event.

Two women involved in prostitution in Scotland share their experiences in the seven minute film ‘Money and Power: Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Scotland’ and it also includes interviews with workers at national and local levels1 and statistics on the sex industry.

The sex industry is huge, with the UK pornography industry alone being worth over £1 billion annually2. It has a powerful negative impact on young people with recent studies showing that 90% of 8-16 year olds have viewed pornography online3 and 63% of teenage girls would like to be a glamour model.4

The DVD was developed by The Women’s Support Project and Zero Tolerance Charitable Trust because of a demand from local organisations for tools to help them to take action, raise awareness and run training sessions on prostitution, pornography and ‘adult entertainment’.

The film was made with support from a steering group of local violence against women agencies and produced by the mediaco-op5. It is accompanied by a comprehensive resource pack to support local staff to run training and awareness-raising sessions using the film.

The film and pack challenge myths about commercial sexual exploitation, including the misconception that prostitution is a glamorous, lucrative option for women and that it is ‘easy money’. ‘Stephanie’ (not her real name), one of the women interviewed in the film says:

“A lot of people think it’s easy money but it definitely isn’t because there’s a lot of psychological problems, a lot of violence. I’ve been attacked four times, raped twice, there’s just a lot of danger in it and nobody would go to work for danger”.

Alastair Robertson, Training Coordinator for Forth Valley VAW Partnerships, who is featured in the film calls for other men to get involved in challenging the sex industry:

“It terrifies me to think it could my daughter who in some way could be tricked or duped or encouraged to join an industry which is glamorised on the face of things, but essentially is about abusing women and about objectifying them and about exploiting them and that end up with their death”.

The film resource will be launched at a practical session aimed at frontline workers to look at how the resource can be used at a local level. 1000 copies will be distributed free to violence against women organisations throughout Scotland and screenings in cinemas are being arranged during the 16 Days of Action on Violence Against Women (November 25th- December 10th).

ENDS

http://www.vawpreventionscotland.org.uk/news/press-release-activists-across-scotland-challenge-sex-industry

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Scottish prostitution has it's back to the wall at the moment - the funding for the anti-prositution machine seems to be a never ending gravy train, funded by taxpayers and be extremely organised and mobilised at the minute. The likes of Scotpep, who work tirelessly - unfortunately behind the scenes now as their funding was cut to continue with their outreach project - as the only organisation in Scotland that has challenged ill-informed legislation negatively affecting sex workers; sought to change society’s attitudes towards the sex industry; defended the human rights and promoted the dignity of those involved in sex work, face an ever increasing battle for funding.

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propaganda for the rescue industry which has grown, and has provided the moral supremacists with a lucrative well paid job.

have tried to post this comment on the video,awaiting approval!

I think you will have a long wait. I see not many people have voted on the video, or asked for its removal.

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I think you will have a long wait. I see not many people have voted on the video, or asked for its removal.

indeed only 6 people have voted,3 likes,3 dislikes including me.

pity that scotpep had funding cut as they could have responded to this sort of propaganda by moral supremacist groups

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How come the Scottish Parliament contributes to this video.

The Violence Against Women Prevention Network is a national violence against women prevention network for Scotland which is coordinated by Zero Tolerance Charitable Trust and funded by the Scottish Government.

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Definitely considering making a video pulling the VAW one to pieces.

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Definitely considering making a video pulling the VAW one to pieces.

its relatively cheap & easy to do with todays technology,perhaps the difficulty is getting people to participate,i think a good argument would be along the lines: womens safety is more important than punishing men

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its relatively cheap & easy to do with todays technology,perhaps the difficulty is getting people to participate,i think a good argument would be along the lines: womens safety is more important than punishing men

For one reason or the other I have been reading the Charity Commissions Page. It states there.

Registered charities have to obey a number of rules and regulations set out in charity law. Those that are registered as companies have to comply with company law too. A registered charity is not allowed to have political objectives or take part in political lobbying (other than in a generally educational sense).

Now when does general education become political lobbying?

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For one reason or the other I have been reading the Charity Commissions Page. It states there.

Registered charities have to obey a number of rules and regulations set out in charity law. Those that are registered as companies have to comply with company law too. A registered charity is not allowed to have political objectives or take part in political lobbying (other than in a generally educational sense).

Now when does general education become political lobbying?

When the objectives of the lobby group correspond with those of Government Ministers (c.f. Eaves Housing/Poppy Project being paid to produce just about the only "evidence" upon which the prostitution clauses of the PCA were based).

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Definitely considering making a video pulling the VAW one to pieces.

I would help you! Seriously... I'm a bit technologically inept , but I would help :)

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For one reason or the other I have been reading the Charity Commissions Page. It states there.

Registered charities have to obey a number of rules and regulations set out in charity law. Those that are registered as companies have to comply with company law too. A registered charity is not allowed to have political objectives or take part in political lobbying (other than in a generally educational sense).

Now when does general education become political lobbying?

It would seem logical to believe that "general education" should be founded on fact, and not unsubstantiated propaganda. They might have one or two problems justifying their inclusion by virtue of "general education" on that basis.

Before anyone thinks success in getting rid of this nonsense is guaranteed it is worth remembering that the teaching of religion is tolerated in schools.

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