Statement by NCSE Executive Director, Dawn Hawkins
Washington, DC (07/29/15) – Amnesty International, the human rights group, will soon consider a new policy that supports the global decriminalization of prostitution. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE) joins many organizations and individuals, from the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) to celebrities like Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, who argue that this policy will only serve to normalize pimping and sex buying instead of helping the true victims of sexual exploitation: prostituted persons.
“Amnesty International must stay true to its mission to “prevent and end grave abuse of human rights and demand justice for those who have been violated” by not passing a policy in favor of legalizing the prostitution of men and women,” says Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of NCSE. “Not only does legalizing prostitution serve to benefit pimps and brothel owners, it codifies the very exploitation of persons in prostitution that Amnesty International purportedly exists to oppose], as well as emboldens and empowers sex traffickers. As a study in 2013 found, where prostitution is legal, sex trafficking thrives.”
To join the movement asking Amnesty International to vote no on the policy of endorsing legalizing prostitution, use the hashtag #NoAmnesty4Pimps and sign this petition.