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This is my work on EU member states’ laws on prostitution (the PDF version is for better printing because of its numerous tables). It should have been the first part of a report for the EU Commission that I was coordinating, compiling it with the help of other experts, but I was forced to retreat from the project because my work has been rendered impossible by the abolitionist stance of the Gender Equality division officers to whom I had to deliver the report. Their fanatism (personnally experienced during the only meeting we had in Brussel in late June – after lots of hostile and unreasonable comments on my written work) was deaf to all empirical research demonstrating that prostitution acts do not necessarily amount to violence against women, and that sex work is different from trafficking.
What I was to understand is that my role should be simply to give them reasons to justify the extension of the criminalization of clients to the whole EU. (I don’t know how they got this power over a document that was commissioned and should be presented to the EU Commission.) This is contrary to our national Sociological Association’s ethical chart, that prohibits us from being influenced in drawing our research conclusion by requests from committers – and I totally agree with this article.
The coordination role was given to Liz Kelly and Madeleine Coy.
(Mi scuso per l’inglese, al momento non traduco la spiegazione, ma il report è in questa lingua…)
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The book examines the most recent evolution of prostitution world in four European capital cities, following the changes in laws in the last years. In Paris in 2003 a street prohibition was introduced, against both clients and soliciting persons; in Stockholm in 1999 buyers of sexual services have been criminalized, in Amsterdam in 2000 prostitution has been configured as a trade but only to Dutch or E.U. citizens. In Madrid from 1995 to 2003 there has been a period of depenalization of organizing prostitution indoors, preceded and followed by a de facto tolerance towards the “cludes de alterne” and the other venues where prostitution takes place. All these cities have problems similar to those of Italian cities where foreign women migrating from impoverished countries have come to offer sex in the streets, with the social stigma and rejection that encountered their arrival in public spaces. Worries about the “trafficking of human beings” has also been a major component of law changes that in these countries have been proposed and approved. The research presented in the volume shows how the different policies converge towards common practices: waves of anti-foreign women repression, subsequent re-organization (in worse conditions) of street prostitution, difficulties in making contact with victims of trafficking, de facto tolerance.
Paper for the 4th European Feminist Research Conference: Body, gender, subjectivity. Crossing borders of disciplines and institutions, Workshop 10: Ties that Bind: the Law, Economics and the Labour Market
The position of prostitutes in E.U. countries: law and practice (altro…)
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Paper for the Workshop in the ECPR Joint Session 2000: “Prostitution and international trafficking as political issues”.
“Trafficking and prostitution of foreigners in the context of the E.U. countries’ policy about prostitution” paper presentato al NEWR Workshop on Trafficking (Amsterdam 25-26.4.03).
Trafficking and prostitution of foreigners
Organisations active in the field of prostitution in a comparative Western European perspective alla sezione “Prostitution and trafficking as political issues” delle Joint sessions dell’ECPR (Copenaghen, 14-19.4.00).
paper ECPR Danna