A Wellington sex worker spent thousands travelling abroad to work in the sex industry in an effort to fund their studies because the law prohibits them from working here.
Under section 19 of the Prostitution Reform Act, only New Zealand citizens and residents can engage in the sex industry; making sex work the only occupation migrants on temporary visas are not permitted to enter.
The former sex worker who wanted to be referred to by their drag name, frida people (they/them), called this “really clear discrimination both against migrants and the sex industry”.
They said migrant sex workers were afraid of reporting abuse when it occurred, because they did not want to be deported.
I’m not sure allowing migrant workers to be legally sex trafficked is much of a win for you-go-girl feminism. NZ is already a despicable exploiter of migrant labour, that exploitation would be immediately transferred to sex work if migrant workers could move to NZ to work in the sex industry.
Of course sex workers must be safe in work environments and the testimony to date highlights a spitefulness on behalf of employers that can not and must not be tolerated, but let’s not pretend that the legal element of sex work means it is some great feminist symbol of empowerment. We made sex work legal for the same reasons we make gambling legal, because if you leave it in an illegal environment it only empowers organised crime and makes everyones existence far more dangerous.
I celebrate legal sex work as a triumph of good social policy, but there are not many parents who look at their children and hope they will have a great career as sex workers are there?
The Greens (and the Unions) have embraced this campaign by sex workers to gain the rights of workers AND contractors because politically the Green and the Unions no longer see Free Market Capitalism as the enemy, they see heteronormative white cis males as the enemy and sex workers are a radical disruption to the patriarchy.
The Greens Com team see the below image as ‘winning’.
So the weird embrace by the Greens and the Unions is woke virtue signalling rather than legislative action and no where can that virtue signalling be seen better than former Standard Blogger and Green Party candidate for Ohariu, Stephanie Rodgers…
Pole-dancing is not often used to launch political campaigns, but it seemed like a natural fit to Stephanie Rodgers – public servant, part-time pole dancing teacher, and Green candidate for the Wellington electorate of Ōhāriu.
“I don’t think any electorate has seen a pole show campaign launch before,” said Rodgers.
After discussion with her campaign manager they landed on the idea of hosting pole show at Wellington’s Fringe Bar as a way to bring Rodger’s passion for pole dancing and her political campaign together. The event on June 22 will be her campaign launch and a fundraiser.
She’s been pole dancing in her spare time for six years, and said the pole show was about bringing her full personality to politics.
…ummmm. Pole-dancing to raise election funds for the Green Party???
You can’t actually write satire this cynical.
In the words of the great Logan Roy…
..because the Greens have confused legal sex work as a noble means to undermine the patriarchy, pole-dancing is performance art to dismantle gender norms and counter toxic masculinity etc etc etc.
This just isn’t a serious attempt at politics any longer, it’s woke virtue signalling.
The wokest echo chamber outside RNZ, Stuff and The Spinoff is the gloriously insane Re-News on TVNZ where their ‘you-o’girl’ feminism has extended to a story about how awful it is that men who go to strip clubs don’t tip enough.
I’m not joking…
On a good night, dancing at a strip club feels extremely meditative for Katie.
…men aren’t tipping enough at strip clubs, that’s a big issue and if easily exploitable sex workers are trafficked here, the impact on the domestic sex work industry will be extreme, the price for handjobs, blowjobs and intercourse will drop dramatically, and I just think that if you are making your money from handjobs, blowjobs and intercourse, the last thing you want is any downward pressure on those prices!
There are 22000 accredited employers using the new migrant worker visa and only 2 have lost their accreditation, there are barely 100 labour inspectorates for the hundreds of the thousand workers here – how on earth will they manage an influx of sex workers if it is made legal to travel here for sex work?
Opening up NZ for legal sex trafficking by migrant workers within an employment environment that is already ripe with migrant worker exploitation seems a faint goal to fight for, but under the current ‘you-go-girl’ feminism, that must be championed and celebrated rather than rationally policed.
Legal domestic prostitution is a sensible policy that is preferable to an unregulated model that makes it more dangerous, but the activists want more than that, they want a celebration of ‘you-go-girl-feminism’ and any restriction, even sensible ones that prevent trafficking, is a shame filled heteronormative toxicity that must be over thrown to challenge the patriarchy etc etc etc.
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