In 500 words or more, use 3 of this week’s readings to provide examples that help explain the difference between sex work and sex trafficking, and/or between sex work and criminal sex offense. Why do these concepts get conflated? What do sex workers experiences tell us about agency and choice? You must use 3 in text citations from 3 different texts to receive full credit.
- What is sex work? What is an example of sex work? Why do people do this?
The reason for a people who becomes a sex worker is they are strugging their poor life.
- What is criminal sex offense? What is an exampel of criminal sex offense?
- What is sex trafficking? What is an example of sex trafficking? Why do people end up in these situations?
- Summarize why these different ideas are lumped into one
Sex work, criminal sex, and sex trafficking are often lumped into one idea. According to Dewey, an interview with Latasha, a sex worker, explains to readers that the sex work she performs is simply sex with a man. However, in New Orleans, she is also forced to register as a sex offender. A person can be classified as a sex offender if the person engages in sex with a child, which is very different from sex work where two adults engages in consenual sex. In Latasha, and many other womenâ€™s cases, she sees sex work as a way to support her family. Some of these women have no choice but to use sex work to make a living. When these women are registered as sex offenders, it is even harder for them to obtain a job, and the vicious cycle continues. Criminal sex offense refers to crimes committed by sex predators, the â€œcrime against natureâ€ that Latasha talks about. When it comes to sex work, there is also a gender bias. Studies show that LGBTQ individuals are much more likely to be targets of violent hate crimes.
Sex trafficking is â€œusually linked seamlessly with sexual abuse, exploitation, pimps, slavery and ruined lives (Agustin 521)â€. In some extreme cases, â€œmigrants are theatened and held against their will, their personal documents are withheld and they are forced to have and sell sex (525)â€. It is very interesting that Agustin says in her work that some migrants do not mind sex work, they just want to be in â€œless explotative conditionsâ€. Nonetheless, people who are sex trafficked often are forced into sex work and are explotated.