Ein Frauen-Portal zu neuen Wegen, abseits der Nebenstraßen!
“Sex is Not Work and Our Bodies Are Not for Sale”
«Sex is Not Work and Our Bodies Are Not for Sale»
Speech from the 4th World Forum on Human Rights
By Ruchira Gupta
Namaste. I bring greetings from the ten thousand and
seventy two girls and women who are members of my
organization, Apne Aap in India. Many of them are victims
and survivors of prostitution. I bring a message from
them to the conference as we debate the strengthening of
the right to work at a time of economic crisis.
The women of Apne Aap appeal to all human rights
activists not to accept their exploitation as work. They
appeal to us to reject the normalization of their sexual
exploitation by those who say it is a choice. They say their
prostitution and sex-trafficking is not a choice but absence
of choice. They did not choose to be born poor, low caste
or female. Apne Aap members have decided to use the
term ‘women in prostitution’ for adults and the term
‘prostituted child’ instead of ‘child prostitutes or child sex
-worker’ for girls and boys.
Apne Aap members feel that: