Samstag, 15. Oktober 2011

US-Prostitutionspolitik und philippinische Migrantinnen in Japan

Auszug des neuen Buches von Rhacel Parrenas, Soziologieprofessorin mit Erfahrung als migrantische Sexarbeiterin. Ein weiteres Beispiel für die negativen Auswirkungen, welche die Prostitutionspolitik der USA auf Sexarbeiterinnen Weltweit hat.

"...Yet the U.S. State Department cites the “dohan” (Anm: Compensated date of hostesses with their customers outside of the club) as an indication that Filipina hostesses are sexually trafficked in Japan. Such false assumptions led to a U.S. policy that prompted Japan, in 2006, to reduce the number of visas for Filipina hostesses by 90 percent. Anti-trafficking and anti-prostitution crusaders counted this a triumph. But no trafficking and very little prostitution was stopped, and 81,000 Filipinas lost their livelihoods.

Unsubstantiated claims of the forced prostitution of Filipina hostesses are morally charged, and divert attention from the need for regulation and protection of sex workers.

For Filipina hostesses, the goal should be job improvement, not job elimination. What’s needed are laws to prevent abusive behavior by middleman brokers. Club owners should be required to pay hostesses directly, rather than brokers. And labor standards should be enacted to ensure that the hostesses have regular days off and an eight-hour-per-evening work limit.

Hostesses don’t need to be rescued. They need the empowerment that comes from being independent labor migrants. Only then can they remain gainfully employed, free of migrant brokers, and have full control of their own lives..."

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