(ThePatriotSource.com)- The United Nations has made an interesting appointment as its top expert on health and human rights.
Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng is a former abortionist who has also advocated for teen prostitution. In April 2019, Dr. T., as she goes by, wrote an article for Teen Vogue magazine that suggested young girls consider “sex work.”
In her article, “Why Sex Work is Real Work,” she wrote:
“I believe sex work and sex worker rights are women’s rights, health rights, labor rights, and the litmus test for intersectional feminism. 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.”
These remarks sent shock waves across the world, especially among abolitionists who are working hard to curb sexual violence that often occurs on women and girls who are vulnerable. When Dr. T. wrote the article, she was an advocate for sexual health and rights. Now, though, the physician from South Africa was promoted to the position of UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health.
Some anti-trafficking groups have been outspoken since the announcement. The founder of Open Gate International and co-founder of Strike Out Slavery, Deidre Pujols, said:
“The idea that legalizing or decriminalizing commercial sex would reduce its harms is a persistent myth. Many claim if the sex trade were legal, regulated and treated like any other profession, it would be safer. But research suggests otherwise. Countries that have legalized or decriminalized commercial sex often experience a surge in human trafficking, pimping and other related crimes.”
The vice president for the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation, Haley McNamara, said:
“Sex buyers do not view the women they purchase as individuals worthy of respect, but instead as subhuman objects to use.”
A U.S. study once found that 75% of the women who are in prostitution were raped at one time by one of their buyers.
This is nothing really new for the UN, though. They have taken positions on decriminalizing prostitution in the past, through agencies such as UNAIDs, the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and UN Women.
Jewell Baraka, who survived sexual exploitation and is with Exodus Cry now, said:
“The brutality of prostitution is inherent and systemic. Violence of sex buyers is not eradicated by a choice, and those that do choose it completely of their own volition are rare. Most survivors do not tell a story of choice, but of force, fraud and coercion that landed them in prostitution and kept them from leaving.”
Finally, the director of Intervention for Exodus Cry, Helen Taylor, urged the UN to take a “survivor-centered approach and align with the Equality model of partial decriminalization only.” This not only helps the exploited girls and women who are prostitutes, but also criminalizes the sex worker buyer in the process.