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Odious Facts About Sexual Violence & Sex Work

Odious Facts about Sexual Violence & Sex Work

In 2017, from the November 25th of International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women to December 10th, Human Rights Day, organisations around the world participated in 16-day activism to curb the violence against girls & women around the world. In recognition of this event transpiring, here are some of the many [gruesome] facts about the ubiquity of sexual violence & prostitution.

  1. Sex workers are inflicted upon a high level of sexual violence: Globally, the rate at which prostitutes experience sexual violence fluctuates between 45-75% at some point of their work and 32-55% rate of experiencing sexual violence annually.
  2. One in five police reports which recorded sexual assault were filed by sex workers: A little history on the time and place would apprise you that most of the sex workers were impoverished & younger, as a result of which, they suffered greater injuries.
  3. They are one of the most exploited kinds of communities: According to a research, population movement & mobility, criminalizing & policing, work environments, & gender inequality are some of the lesser known atrocities that are directly correlated with the surge in sexual violence. Another study reveals that the derelicts, youth, migrant prostitutes, sex workers with drug abuse, & street-based sex workers were the ones most vulnerable to violence.
  4. The general odium increases violence: Many studies have testified that a correlation exists betwixt anti-sex work which sees street-based streetwalkers as a nuisance or threat to the public.
  5. Prostitutes are rarely protected by rape shield laws: New York & Ohio unambiguously exclude prostitution to be used as evidence against rape victims.
  6. Prostitutes are often not liable for rape victim compensation funds: Taking the example of the United Kingdoms, anyone with even a minor conviction, including public soliciting, would be barred from receiving rape victim compensation. In the States, prostitutes who are survivors aren’t liable to receive compensation for the wages lost from involving in illegal forms of prostitution. In Florida, Louisiana, Ohio, Missouri & Arkansas, individuals who have a criminal history or with felony convictions are not eligible for compensation. Whereas, in other places such as Rhode Island, there is discretion that is exhibited while compensation is granted to the victims.
  7. Prostitutes are often arrested when reporting violence against them: This practice has been noticed in the United States & Central & Eastern Europe. Here, undocumented migrant sex workers are liable for deportation if they are to report crimes. Despite the fact that visas exist for migrant trafficking, countries like Norway regularly deport non-native victims of trafficking.
  8. Sex work is not believed to be a form of sexual violence: Despite that, sex workers are often vulnerable to intimate partner & sexual violence. Conflating sexual violence with sex work can only increase violence by perpetuating the stigma.

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