A prostitute made a pass at me, as I walked to the transvestite club. She started talking, and took me by the arm. I felt disgust and arousal. A trans woman I knew thought prostitution was the only way she could get the money she needed. Disgusting old men came to one of the bars on Canal St., the one specialising in trans folk, seeking sex with trans women.
The attitude to prostitution is control, not eradication. There are areas, outside, where men may pick up prostitutes in their cars.
A report by the University of Cambridge examined the case management of 103 migrant women in the criminal justice and immigration systems, including the identification of trafficked women. In only one of the 43 cases of human trafficking identified by the researchers did victim disclosures result in a full police investigation. I got that tidbit from the Prison Reform Trust, in this pdf, p39. Which immigration system? Detention, or merely asylum applications? Really- 43 out of 103 women, trafficked prostitutes? How did the researchers select the subjects?
I cannot know the evidence. I am not interested enough; and dabbling, I come across statements like that, without context, without understanding.
Google tells me that the word prostitute now means to put (oneself or one’s talents) to an unworthy or corrupt use for personal or financial gain. Synonyms: betray, sacrifice, profane, sell, sell out, debase, degrade, demean, devalue, cheapen, lower, misapply, misemploy, misuse, pervert, squander, waste, but its derivation by origin meant merely to expose for sale. General disgust for the action has rubbed off on the word.
I might make my decision from empathy. I read that there are three types of men who patronise prostitution: those who assume the women they buy have no human feelings; those who are conscious of a woman’s humanity but choose to ignore it; and those who derive sexual pleasure from reducing the humanity of women they buy. That revolts me. I am prepared to punish the men involved.
I am also willing to take on the view of those around me, if they care enough.
I have an aim. I find sex trafficking vile. I want it to end. How it might end, I have no idea. Passionate people from competing sides and interests make arguments.
What of students working as escorts? A survey by Swansea University, of students from across the UK but heavily weighted with students from Wales, found 5% of students had worked in the sex trade. I agree that such students should not suffer stigma. Stigma is picking on the victim. They should not be outed- because they would suffer stigma. I have moral positions on minor matters, and the whole system of suffering carries on.