To the horror of many across the political spectrum, Women’s March is calling the shutdown of a site convicted of trafficking women and children for sex a “crisis” for sex workers.
Writing on its Twitter page Saturday, Women’s March – a group that spearheaded protest marches around the world the day after President Trump’s January 2017 inauguration – said, “The shutting down of #Backpage is an absolute crisis for sex workers who rely on the site to safely get in touch with clients. Sex workers rights are women’s rights.” . . .
“We’re all still learning and as always, we have to listen to the voices of those most impacted,” the group said, using the hashtag #SexWorkIsWork.
Lisa Thompson, vice president for policy and research at the Washington-based National Center on Sexual Exploitation, blasted the group on Twitter upon hearing the news: “Prostitution is ground zero for #VAW (violence against women). There is no such thing as safe prostitution. Prostitution is THE bastion of misogyny. Stop defending men who buy women (and children and men).”
Likewise, Marian Hatcher, who was once a victim of trafficking and is presently the senior project manager and human trafficking coordinator at the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, was repulsed. Hatcher was actively involved in the advocacy for the anti-sex trafficking bill known as FOSTA-SESTA that Congress recently approved and President Trump is expected to sign this week. (Read more from “Feminists Are Outraged Because of a Sex-Trafficking Site Closing Down?” HERE)