The annual UN Commission on the Status of Women is usually a forum where radical views on social issues are promoted. This year was no different, as numerous organizations emphasized the need to increase collaboration between feminists and other progressives in the fight to legalize prostitution around the world. For instance, the Sex Worker Inclusive Feminist Alliance, backed by several powerful far-left international organizations including Amnesty International and George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, sponsored a CSW event called “Inclusive Feminist Perspectives on Meaningful Involvement of Sex Workers.”
During this talk, Amnesty International Policy Advisor, Carrie Eisert declared that the conversation surrounding “feminist movements working inclusively with sex worker rights movements” is at the “core of our feminist and human rights values.” Eisert explained that the organization has begun a serious effort to delve more deeply into the issue of prostitution in recent years.
To this effect, Amnesty International engaged in a two-year-long “policy development process on state obligations to respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of sex workers.” This effort included initiating cooperation with radical pro-prostitution organizations around the world and speaking with hundreds of sex workers in a way that protected them from “criminalization.” Eisert concluded by noting that Amnesty International will continue its efforts to ensure the “meaningful participation of sex workers in the development of laws and policies.”
At the same event, Ruth Morgan Thomas, of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects, asserted that defending sex workers is crucial for protecting the “bodily autonomy” and “agency” of women. Meanwhile, Jules Kim of the Australian Sex Workers Association not only advocated legalizing prostitution but also vocally opposed registering legal sex workers and testing them for STDs, as Kim believes that such measures are “a violation of sex workers’ human rights.”
Sadly, this sentiment was seen throughout the conference as left-wing organizations are increasingly making the decriminalization of prostitution a core element of their human rights agenda. Yet another example is the International Planned Parenthood Federation which emphasized the need “to ensure human rights protection and respect with no discrimination” for sex workers in an official statement to the United Nations during the commission.
Incredibly, the UN itself has warmed up to prostitution legalization as it appointed the controversial Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng as its Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health last year. Mofokeng, the author of Dr. T: A Guide to Sexual Health and Pleasure, infamously wrote a Teen Vogue article, “Why Sex Work Is Real Work,” in which she stated her belief that “sex work and sex worker rights are women’s rights, health rights, labor rights, and the litmus test for intersectional feminism.” This now top UN official continued saying, “The idea of purchasing intimacy and paying for the services can be affirming for many people who need human connection, friendship, and emotional support. Some people may have fantasies and kink preferences that they are able to fulfill with the services of a sex worker.”
Evidently, the pro-prostitution movement is gaining steam around the world as it can count on key support from influential global organizations such as the Open Society Foundations, Amnesty International, Planned Parenthood, and even the United Nations itself. These entities have and likely will continue to promote the legalization of prostitution under the guise of protecting human rights. The only remaining question is whether conservatives will be able to stand strong in the face of such insanity.