A member posted the results of a recent survey that indicated that 97% of the population believed that girls were being trafficked into Ireland and forced into prostitution. This is an urban myth that has largely been created by TV and movies. Every police and drama series has a story line about beautiful young girls being forced into sexual slavery by wicked gangsters. What is not to like about it for a television producer? The unfortunate thing is that the vast majority have come to believe that this is reality.
Ruhama et al have jumped on this particular bandwagon to push their anti-male, anti-sex agenda. I think of it as ‘The Emperor’s Clothes’ syndrome. No one can see any evidence that they exist but everyone swears that they can see them because no one will stand up and be counted. Even the female police commissioner seems to subscribe to the hysteria when she has to know better.
At this stage, I think that we have to recognise that the anti-trafficking crusade has built up such a momentum that even the truth that the problem does not exist will not stop it. I believe that the best that can be achieved now is to try and divert the anti-trafficking crusade to a less destructive path.
Our tack should be to put forward a proposal which would be more focussed on stopping trafficking and not drive the whole business underground into the hands of the criminals. Ruhama and the media have built up this image of poor innocent girls being chained to beds and abused by wicked men for their perverted pleasure. We should turn this against them
Basically, my alternate law would be that it would be a criminal offense to pay for sex with someone who is not licenced to sell sex. In order to get a licence, escorts would just need to go to a police station and swear that they were entering the business of their own free will. They would be informed that they could then or at any other time report to the police that they were being coerced into selling sex in which case they would be protected and cared for. I see the escorts as being issued with a simple licence with their photo and stage name.
I believe that the above is a more sensible law and more particularly targeted at the ‘traffickers’ and not at those clearly in the profession of their own free will. I do not like the idea of escorts having to get a licence but I think that something has to be offered to placate the anti-trafficking brigade. I further believe that my proposed law would be more politically acceptable as its main focus would not be to support the current situation. This alternate law could be marketed as a more effective and direct way of putting the ‘criminals’ and ‘traffickers’ out of business and ensuring that women are independent, informed and protected. If Ruhama refused to endorse this proposal, their real motives would be exposed.
Constructively, this would mean a letter writing campaign pointing out the 'Naivety' of Ruhama's approach, thinking that prostitution can be eradicated, the dangers of the business being driven underground into the hands of the gangsters and the lack of any protection or help for the women involved.
Any other ideas anyone???????