#NoAmnestyForPimps. Join chorus against Amnesty International's push to decriminalize prostitution
UPDATE (6/6) - Amnesty International has approved and published a policy calling for the full decriminalization of prostitution. This petition calls on Amnesty to change their policy AND apologize to those exploited by the sex trade.
UPDATE (5/21) - Amnesty International is expected to publish its global policy on prostitution, advocating for decriminalization, by the end of May. The urgency of this petition cannot be overstated. Please read below for more information.
Believe it or not, Amnesty International has approved a policy document supporting the full decriminalization of prostitution. 
Full decriminalization of prostitution is one of the world’s most disastrous approaches to the sex trade because: 1) it is a gift to pimps and sex buyers, allowing them to carry out their activities as mere "sex business operators" and "customers;" and, 2) it normalizes the sexual violence and exploitation inherent to prostitution as a form of "work."
But, sexual exploitation should never be anybody’s "job."
Full decriminalization of prostitution in no way rectifies the conditions of inequality, abuse, violence, and dehumanization which animate all forms of prostitution—it tragically assents to them.
Prostitution--sex for money or something of value--is not only itself a form of sexual coercion and exploitation, but it also begets even more forms of sexual exploitation, like sex trafficking. And so, it's quite probable that Amnesty's new policy will actually have the opposite, harmful effect on human trafficking -- increasing incidence, rather than decreasing -- than they naively assume. 
Amnesty’s support of decriminalized prostitution will undermine the human rights of persons in the sex trade (the majority of whom are females), and grant impunity to pimps, magically morphing them into reputable, sexually-oriented "business entrepreneurs," and mystically transforming sex buyers into “respectable” clients. 
Simply put, this campaign to decriminalize prostitution makes no sense for Amnesty. Not only is this such a massive deviation from their core mission to advocate on behalf of prisoners of conscience, it will also, dangerously, but ironically, put women in harm's way, thereby casting a dark shadow over their whole "sex work is choice" narrative.
We believe that prostitution is a system of sexual exploitation that requires abolition, not social sanction. We believe prostitution is a system whereby individuals are supplied as public, sexual commodities, which preys upon vulnerable members of society and is rife with violence against those sold for sex.
Therefore, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and CitizenGO invite you to join in calling on Amnesty International to change its policy, to recognize the harms of prostitution, and to call for its abolition on the basis of upholding the genuine human right, to be free from sexual exploitation, objectification, and violence. We also ask Amnesty to apologize for the role they are playing in this exploitative trade.
Thank you for signing this petition, and helping us to create a world free from sexploitation!
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
 A 2012 study published in World Development found that countries with legalized prostitution are associated with higher human trafficking inflows than countries where prostitution is prohibited. This should not surprise us. Once the law sanctions an activity, demand for that activity increases, and men, women, and children are trafficked in order to meet that demand.
 It should be no surprise that Amnesty’s policy will mainly serve to benefit pimps, sex buyers, and sex traffickers, since the vice president of an organization that helped Amnesty create this policy was convicted in 2015 of sex trafficking nearly 200 women in Mexico.
For an extended list of human rights advocates speaking out against Amnesty’s decriminalization policy you can go to: http://endsexualexploitation.org/noamnesty/
Even more information on prostitution, as a form of sexual exploitation:
Prostitution Survivor Rachel Moran:
“[Amnesty’s policy in favor of decriminalizing prostitution] refuses to recognize that commercial sexual exploitation is a highly gendered abusive practice, and in numerous places throughout the document, Amnesty considers recommending the decriminalization of punters, pimps, brothel owners and others who exploit women for financial gain or sexual gratification in the global sex trade.
…One would expect that Amnesty would know their resolution is in direct contravention of at least three UN Conventions. Since they are ignoring the fact, it is timely to remind them… …Where prostitution has been given the government’s stamp of approval and repackaged as legitimate “sex work”, there is no onus on governments to provide exit strategies – any more than they’d be expected to provide exit strategies for women in nursing, hairdressing or childcare. Women like this are simply abandoned by the state.”
Sex Trafficking Survivors United:
“It was shocking for us to see Amnesty’s suggestion that it is a “human right” for well off, powerful (mostly white) men to purchase the bodies of the younger, poorer and more vulnerable. We found it especially cruel that Amnesty says prostitution is a choice. As all survivors know, people end up in prostitution because they have no other choices, and are the victims of coercion, fraud, abuse and violence. The untruth that “prostitution is a choice” only serves to stigmatize and further trap most of the sexually exploited. This empowers their traffickers and abusers, while serving as a justification to arrest and marginalize the exploited rather than recognizing the truth that they are the victims of multiple crimes.”
Melissa Farley, research and clinical psychologist, founder of Prostitution Research and Education. Press Release and Petition, August 18, 2015:
“220 scholars and researchers from 20 countries join in making the following statement regarding prostitution policy and Amnesty International policy supporting decriminalized prostitution. Signers are from Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Norway, Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA, and Venezuela.
In light of the documented psychological and physical harms caused by the sex trade, we oppose the proposed policy of Amnesty International, which would decriminalize pimps and sex buyers, and which fails to offer alternatives to prostitution. This policy would promote and expand the sex trade and has been shown to be associated with increased trafficking and increased prostitution of children and vulnerable adults based on race/ethnicity, sex, and poverty.”
***When NCOSE decries prostitution, we are condemning prostitution as a system whereby human beings are openly bought and sold for sex, not the persons used and exploited by that system.
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