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"Prostitution is not the world's oldest profession. It is the world's oldest oppression."--Vednita Carter, Founder of Breaking Free
To end all forms of prostitution and sex-trafficking.
At Breaking Free, we understand sex trafficking as a vicious cycle of violence, abuse, incarceration, and addiction. Repeated experiences of violence undermine women's capacities to avoid further victimization. Sexual exploitation distorts the lives of women, destroys families, and undermines the fabric of our communities. In order to break the cycle, we must first recognize sex trafficking/prostitution as a form of violence against women.
What is violence against women?
The United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women defines violence against women as "any form of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life." This encompasses the commercial sexual exploitation of women.
What is commercial sexual exploitation?
The Women's Support Network explains that commercial sexual exploitation is “a practice by which a person achieves sexual gratification, financial gain, or advancement through the abuse or exploitation of a person’s sexuality by abrogating that person’s human right to dignity, equality, autonomy, and physical and mental well-being.”
Understanding sex trafficking/prostitution as violence against women:
Sex trafficking utilizes two forms of violence against its victims:
Recognizing sex trafficking/prostitution as violence against women is the first step towards the prevention of further victimization.
Eggspploitation (features many US egg donors who had serious short and long-term complications)
Maggie's Story (short doc features one 10 time egg seller in Seattle)
Breeders: A Subclass of Women? (several US surrogate moms)
#BigFertility (Jennifer’s latest film of one US surrogate mom and her 3 time surrogate story)