In far too many states, those who have been forced into commercial sex are the ones who are prosecuted when they get caught. And those who exploit these people, either by buying or selling them, are rarely prosecuted. This creates a situation where those who are coerced can barely tell the difference between their abuser and the state. From their perspective, at least their abuser offers love and support alongside the abuse. If we want to make a difference in the lives of those who are coerced into commercial sex, we need to make certain that they are supported, not punished. And we need to make sure that exploitation is one of the riskiest things that people can do.
- What Anti-Trafficking Can Learn From Sex Workers: The Dynamics of Choice, Circumstance and Coercion (via dontsellbodies)
Everyone please research the organization GEMS: Girls Education & Mentoring Services. From their website:
“Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. GEMS was founded in 1998 by Rachel Lloyd, a young woman who had been commercially sexually exploited as a teenager. GEMS has helped hundreds of young women and girls, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential. GEMS provides young women with empathetic, consistent support and viable opportunities for positive change.”
i think i have seen some very valid criticisms of the organization GEMS but i will have to look some stuff up in order to really be certain that this is the organization i read about.
It is. I know someone who worked there & OMFG I have concerns about some of the leadership.
And I never even told all of the stories. Another former co-worker and I diagnosed her as having Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
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