Survivor thoughts from Sula Skiles!
Full decriminalization or legalization of prostitution does NOT end or lessen sex trafficking. Prostitution and sex trafficking are completely linked and intersected. The one creates the market for the other. You must remember that there is never enough willing “supply” to meet the demand, and sex traffickers have long since filled that supply with their victims. The call for full decriminalization of prostitution and the whitewashing of this exploitation as “sex work” absolutely impacts the crime of sex trafficking. It INCREASES it. Studies show that. We must stand against the one if we are serious about fighting the other. TAT stands in total opposition to proposals that call for the full decriminalization of prostitution. We stand with survivors of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in saying, “NO!” to the full decriminalization of prostitution.