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Not a Choice, Not a Job: Exposing the Myths about Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade Hardcover – July 1, 2013
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About the Author
JANICE G. RAYMOND, professor emerita of women’s studies and medical ethics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has been a leader in the campaign to have prostitution recognized as violence against women. From 1994 to 2007, Raymond served as the co-executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), a nongovernmental organization in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. She is the author of four books, including A Passion for Friends: A Philosophy of Female Affection (Beacon, 1986) and Women as Wombs: Reproductive Technologies and the Battle over Women’s Bodies (HarperSanFrancisco, 1994). She has published many articles, some of which have appeared in the Guardian and the Christian Science Monitor. She lives in western Massachusetts.
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It takes a lot of guts to stand up against BOTH sides of the question, but Raymond has facts to back up her claims, and this book is full of them. A must-read; my only disappointment is that Rachel Lloyd's work is not cited in the notes.
Unfortunately, Not a Choice, Not a Job contains at least one serious error. On page 163, Raymond misquotes UN Special Rapporteur Sigma Huda. Raymond misquotes Huda as follows:
"For the most part, prostitution as actually practiced in the world usually does satisfy the elements of trafficking. It is rare that one finds a case in which the path to prostitution and/or a person's experiences within prostitution does involve, at the very least, an abuse of power and/or an abuse of vulnerability."
Paragraph 42 of UN Special Rapporteur Sigma Huda's report, INTEGRATION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND A GENDER PERSPECTIVE, dated 20 February 2006, actually says the following:
"For the most part, prostitution as actually practised in the world usually does satisfy the elements of trafficking. It is rare that one finds a case in which the path to prostitution and/or a person’s experiences within prostitution do not involve, at the very least, an abuse of power and/or an abuse of vulnerability. Power and vulnerability in this context must be understood to include power disparities based on gender, race, ethnicity and poverty. Put simply, the road to prostitution and life within “the life” is rarely one marked by empowerment or adequate options."
The existence of such a serious error leads me to worry that there may be other serious mistakes in the text. Raymond needs to hire a better proofreader.
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