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International Day Of No Prostitution

International Day of No Prostitution

Also known as IDNP, International Day of No Prostitution was first observed on October 5, 2002. It is an awareness day observed in honour of the many sex workers labouring worldwide. Observing this day includes no pornography, phone sex, cybersex, mail-order bride services, trafficking, strip dancing, sex tours and prostitution in massage parlours, or on the streets.

The day saw its first inauguration at San Francisco Bay Area of California, the United States and Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. One of the main motives of this day includes opposing prostitution. In the year 2005, a collaboration between the University of Philippines Institute of Human Rights & the Asia-Pacific chapter of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) took place in organising an IDNP event at which, the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 was discussed about. An IDNP candlelight vigil was commemorated in Phoenix, Arizona, in the year 2008. The same vigil was again observed in 2010 with the attendants being quondam prostitutes & the city dignitaries. In 2010, CATW demonstrated IDNP with its opposition against the decision of Bedford V. Canada to annul Canada’s anti-prostitution laws.

No Prostitution Day in Davao: Davao city is located in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. This city saw statewide protests on October 5 of the year 2008. The city’s celebration is a more provincial version of the one that was commemorated in Bay Area IDNP collective in the USA, in 2002. The IDNP event can also be perceived as a culmination to other activities such as the First Mindanao Conference of Women and Children in Prostitution sponsored by Talikala, Lawig Bubai, Tisaka, and Sidlakan.

The roots of this day are not percolated just to events and activities but also find relevance & are ingrained in Proclamation No. 07, which the Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte signed in 2005. This was possible through the support of various other local government units in the city. These NGOs have also recognised the ubiquity of prostitution in some of the heavy prostitution-stricken areas of the city, and are concerned with the fact that soliciting is not only deeply rooted in the city but also is proliferating on a cancerous rate. This only invited more exploitation of the women, which also encroached to crimes associated with it.

The groups above are also opposed to the government encouraging such acts by granting women occupational permit and appointment cards, which basically permits the women to find employment in clubs and other such establishments. “We firmly believe that as long as the government legitimizes this kind of trade, there will be more women and children who will fall as victims of prostitution,” Jeanette Ampog of Talikala, is reported to have said.

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