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As a follow up to a previous post on the use of scapegoating by anti sex lobbyists, this recent article in the UK press highlights the plight of Romanian children being used as slave labour. The article dramatically emphasises the issues discussed in that post .
The unhealthy and usually vitriolic attack by anti sex work lobbyists on the sex industry results in the sidelining of the overwhelming majority of trafficking cases. The statistically small percentage of proven cases of trafficking of women and children for sexual slavery is hugely outnumbered by the 90% plus of trafficking victims who suffer appallingly to pick the fruit and vegetables we all consume.
I have not once heard Mallissa Farley or Julie Bindel or any of the other sensationalists who work tirelessly to create and maintain an hysteria around sex trafficking calling for the owners of super markets to be arrested or the shoppers at super markets to be made criminals for consuming the products of forced/coerced/trafficked labour. Instead these single minded lobbyists divert resources and attention away from the majority of trafficked and exploited victims. The result is the appalling suffering of children and women and men. Suffering conveniently ignored by both the media and most politicians. They are ignored because they are not sexy, or perhaps not exploitable as a story. No votes and no sales equals little attention.
The job of sex worker activists is to force both the media and politicians to be aware of the damage being caused by the anti sex lobbyists. Our job is to raise awareness of the suffering their deliberate blindness is causing. Victims of trafficking are ignored because of a moral crusade masquerading as genuine concern.
This is not justice.
The story is from the Mail on Line Monday, Oct 25 2010
Romanian children, some as young as nine, have been found working as ‘slaves’ in near freezing conditions in the first discovery of its kind.
The seven children were discovered without food or water and dressed in thin summer clothing working among 50 Romanian farm labourers picking spring onions last week.
Some of the children were with their parents but others appeared to have been brought to the field in the back of a box fan on their own, the Gangmaster’s Licensing Authority (GLA) said.