Bad Rehab- APNSW Karaoke

This is a brilliant new video from Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers:
http://blip.tv/file/4138226


25 Responses

  1. Good video. Definitely corresponds with what I know is going on in Cambodia:
    http://www.hrw.org/node/91737

  2. I’m extrememly disheatened to learn that these major human rights abuses against arrested and imprisoned Cambodian sex workers are continuing under legislation that’s “supposed” to the about stopping trafficking.

    I first learned of this legislation and its implications on Bound Not Gagged a few months after this U.S. imposed anti-prostitution legislation was enacted in 2008. However, I read that the arrested sex workers were released and haven’t read or heard much about this since then.

    Last year, I was deeply moved by how much focus sex worker advocates placed on addressing the horrors that Marcia Powell was subject to after being arrested to prostition and left outside in a cage in the 107 degree Arizona heat, being denied water by prison guards and ultimately dying. Sex worker advocates wrote letters and SWOP-AZ created a protest of this during its International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers event.

    Yet, there has been much less focus on the human rights abuses againstimprisoned Cambodian sex workers. This has been largely ignored with a few exceptions, such as a protest in NYC. Abuses that happen outside of the U.S. aren’t’ any less important. Please keep in mind that this is International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers, and international is a key word here, so we need to focus on this on a global level.

  3. When I said this is International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers, I meant to emphasize that the word “international” is part of the name to emphasize focusing on global issues rather than just the U.S., but the date of this is technically Dec. 17. Yet, we can still be advocating against violence everyday.

  4. One more point of clarification: When I mentioned that the human rights abuses against incarerated sex workers in Camboida have been largely ignored with a few exceptions, I was referring mainly to the U.S. Various human rights and sex workers justice groups in Asia have done an amazing amount of work to stop the abuses and raise awareness about them.

  5. SWA,

    Part of the problem in finding out about abuses of sex workers in other countries is the US media fails to find such stories important. That would be my guess.

    I was recently looking for more information about what happened to the Cambodian workers and failed. Google is useful, but only if one knows EXACTLY what one is looking for or if the information is out there. Sometimes it doesn’t seem to be.

    XX

  6. PS: Maybe I should add that it’s news only if journalists consider it news enough to actually create a story out of it. Sometimes that doesn’t happen either. Witness the lack of sex worker voices in the whole CL debacle (last time I counted — 3).

    XX

  7. You’re totally right about the lack of media coverage, Amanda. Though the U.S. media has focused a lot on the Cambodian sex trade, their focus on the abuses of incarcerated Cambodian sex workers is virtually non-existent.

    Yet, I don’t know if the lack of media coverage is the main reason why sex worker advocates and human rights activists in the U.S. have focused so little on this. These abuses have come up a few times on this board. One time, I started a thread about how a Rhode Island anti-sex work group took used this photo out of context to promote their agenda.

    Yet, various people seem more focused on the guantlet photo that was also included in the publication than the persecution and abuses that the Cambodian sex workers were protesting.

    Also, the Marcia Powell atrocity didn’t receive much media attention (if any) on a national level. I’m not even sure if this received much attention locally. Yet, sex workers justice advocates in the U.S. really focused on this atrocity and actively protested against it in various ways. SWOP-USA took this on as a major issue and such abuse became a major theme of last year’s Dec. 17 events. I hope that the U.S. sex workers’ rights movement will place every bit as much focus on protesting the abuses against Cambodian sex workers under U.S. imposed policies.

  8. The photo I was referring to above was one where Cambodian sex workers protested the abuses addressed on this thread.

  9. You might want to make a note in the post that the video is captioned. I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be when I opened it to write a transcript. If I had been Deaf/HoH I would have just skipped the post.

  10. Like anyone cares…

  11. It is hard to get information on what is happening in Cambodia. I got the link from a friend who works in Cambodia who is on facebook. KHANA also has some good links either on facebook or maybe on their website? I’ve found stuff by searching the Phnom Penh Post online. Getting access to the fullstory costs once you find it but the member rates are pretty affordable. You can do a $10 one week one and copy what you need.

  12. Whybother,

    Your comments are being moderated. Discuss the topic at hand. Personal attacks are off limits. This blog is meant to be a safe space for sex workers and you have violated it. This is NOT your blog. If you wish to continue spewing hatred toward sex workers, go start your own blog. We’ll be sure to ignore it.

    Others — Same rule applies. Argue if you wish to spend your time that way, personal attacks against whybother will be moderated.

  13. Annnd the censorship begins.

  14. @Whybother While I personally have censored only one post in my life and thus am different than my colleagues here at BnG. I also see no reason why you can’t make your points without using personal attacks.

  15. Pretty hard to say someone has now character politely.

  16. >>>Annnd the censorship begins.>>>

    If it had been up to me, I would’ve deleted your posts. And I do think that your posts should be deleted, because this is a place for sex workers to come and feel safe. If they come here and receive slut-shaming from a spammer, the space is no longer psychologically safe.

    We have the right to swing our arms in this society, but your right to swing your arm stops where somebody else’s face begins.

  17. I’m sorry but you really have no right to talk about someone else being inconsiderate when you screw other women’s husbands behind their back, for money. In my opinion.

  18. @whybother, The contract of marriage is between the husband and wife. Not the sex worker and wife. She will not get “screwed” as you put it, unless he violates his agreement with his wife. Blame goes exclusively on the husband.

    Your argument is like saying it’s the casino’s fault if the husband blows the whole paycheck on gambling.

  19. It may not be their fault but I know I wouldn’t be able to look myself in the mirror if I was making money off of compulsive gamblers. And I don’t think using a casino is a really great analogy to support your cause. Casinos have traditionally had ties with organized crime, sooo yeah. Not the nicest people in that business either.

  20. The video in this thread addresses an extremely important issue, so please let’s stick to the topic.
    I consider censorship to be when the government censors free speech, not when a blog refuses to allow mean, hateful comments. When people use free speech to defend being mean and hateful, that’s an abuse of free speech.

  21. Whybother,

    Since the moderators at this site have decided to leave your posts intact and to continue to allow you to post, I feel we should focus the spotlight on YOU for a change.

    Tell me, are you a male or a female? Because in one post, you’re asking for a blowjob, and in the next post, you’re berating sex workers for “having sex with husbands behind their backs”. The first instance makes me think you’re a man, but the second instance make me think your a woman (probably married or divorced). It seems rather schizophrenic to ask for a blowjob, and then complain that we are providing a blowjob to your hypothetical husband without your knowledge. Do you see how weird this is?

    I’m going to make a rather bold assumption about you, even though I don’t know anything about you other than what I can glean from your postings. And that assumption is that YOU think you’ve made a BIG, MAJOR coup against “the prostitution industry” by the shutting down of Craigslist Adult Services, and you think that by coming here to post, you are moving in for the kill, so to speak.

    I come to this conclusion because you are using two modes of attack. One is targeted towards male readers: you belittle sex workers’ rights by referring to sexual acts, i.e. blowjobs (which is the oldest trick in the book when it comes to belittling women). The other is targeted towards female readers: i.e. the constant reference to “stealing husbands”.

    I must admit, this two-pronged attack is quite interesting, something that somebody with a doctorate in psychiatry or psychology would be more than qualified to engineer, or even someone with a mere a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies.

    Well, sorry sister. Ain’t gonna work. Shut down one advertising avenue such as Craigslist, and another pops up in its place. You didn’t really accomplish anything significant. Why do you even bother?

    Why do you even bother, Whybother? This is the first day of the rest of your life, so hurry up and get a life.

  22. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong here, but I’ve yet to be able to get the video to play on my computer. It sounds like an interesting conversation starter, but I can’t see the thing. Help?

  23. I hurt.

  24. Also, I am a dude.

  25. I really don’t see how one would have to be a woman to have compassion for a woman who’s husband cheats on her, incidentally.

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