Punish the buying of sex, Abolish prostitution!
Punish the buying of sex, Abolish prostitution!
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Dear Chancellor Angela Merkel, dear Minister Heiko Maas, and dear Minister Manuela Schwesig,
We appeal to you to:
1. create a legal framework to outlaw the buying of sex in order to stop the use of women as sexual commodities.
2. renegotiate the laws on prostitution with the aid of experts and survivors who are not profiteers of the ‘prostitution system’.
3. ensure that exit strategies for those who wish to leave prostitution are mandated by law.
4. ensure that the German government takes the long overdue step to ratify the United Nations Convention of 1949 which states that “prostitution and the accompanying evil of the traffic in persons for the purpose of prostitution are incompatible with the dignity and worth of the human person and endanger the welfare of the individual, the family and the community.”
Why it is imperative that you support this petition:
Prostitution violates the human dignity of women, it humiliates and debases them. As a result of prostitution women are deeply traumatized and their health is severely affected, often permanently even when they have voluntarily opted for a life of prostitution.
The prostitution law of 2002 permits and even supports this and is in violation of the German right to equality between men and women.
As a result of this law Germany has become the ‘Brothel of Europe’, a popular destination and transit country for drug dealers and human traffickers. Sex tourism is booming and the sex industry is making billions in profits.
The 2002 law also gives a carte blanche to all pimps, brothel owners and internationally organized crime. As a result, women bought and sold in prostitution are legally exploited.
Governments and initiatives throughout the world are endeavouring to put an end to prostitution by forbidding the buying of sex, based on the example of Sweden.
The European Parliament has acknowledged by a majority that prostitution violates human dignity and human rights and contravenes the Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union.
During the convention of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Rights in New York this year, over 130 organizations and individuals urged Chancellor Merkel in an open letter (23rd March 2015) to finally sign the long overdue UN declaration, the ‘Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others’ (see above).
In their letter, the organizations point out the exemplary function of Germany and call for a ban on the buying of sex based on the Swedish approach as being the most effective means against the trafficking of women.
In 1945 the UNO was founded against the background of the atrocities perpetrated by the German national socialists and their supporters. Yet up until the present day, 70 years after the end of the World War II, Germany, of all countries, still has not yet signed essential UN agreements that support the protection and dignity of human beings.
Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: ‘No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.’ However, exactly that is what is legally happening to thousands of women in prostitution in Germany on a daily basis.
This petition is the initiative of the alliance ‘Stopp Sexkauf’:
EMMA, Solwodi, TERRE DES FEMMES, Karlsruher Appell, BI-gegen-Bordell Marburg, Kofra e.V., Karo e.V., "SCIENTISTS FOR A WORLD WITHOUT PROSTITUTION", abolition 2014, Zero Macho Deutschland, SPACE international, Inga e.V., Feministische Partei, Ladies Team, Die Störenfriedas,….
Taina Bien-Aimé (CATW), Alice Schwarzer, Lea Ackermann, Sabine Constabel, Dr. Ingeborg Kraus, Dr. Anita Heiliger, Dr. Inge Kleine, Inge Hauschildt-Schön, Cathrin Schauer, Florence Humbert, Marie Merklinger, Solveig Senft, Firdes Seylan, Ulrike Maier, Sabine Scherbaum, Huschke Mau, Jana Koch-Krawczak, …
The signatories of the open letter to Angela Merkel:
Kathleen Barry, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Penn State University (USA)
ABOLISH PROSTITUTION NOW (USA/International)
ACTION AGAINST VIOLENCE AND EXPLOITATION, INC. (ACTVE) (Philippines)
Ruchira Gupta, Founder and President APNE AAP WOMEN WORLDWIDE (India)
ASSOCIAZIONE DORAD (Italy)
ASSOCIAZIONE IROKO ONLUS (Italy)
BAGONG KAMALAYAN SURVIVORS GROUP (Philippines)
Lidia Balogh (Hungary)
Anna Betlen (Hungary)
Julie Bindel (United Kingdom)
Vednita Carter, Founder and Executive Director BREAKING FREE (USA)
BUKLOD NG KABABAIHAN (Prostitution Survivors) (Philippines)
Iliana Stoicheva National Coordinator BULGARIAN WOMEN'S LOBBY (Bulgaria)
Twiss Butler (USA)
Kristina Misiniene CARITAS (Lithuania)
Sonja Lokar Executive Director CEE NETWORK FOR GENDER ISSUES (Slovenia)
Teodora Krumova, Deputy Chair CENTER AMALIPE (Bulgaria)
Silvia Chejter, CENTRO DE ENCUENTROS CULTURA Y MUJER (Argentina)
CHICAGO ALLIANCE AGAINST SEXUAL EXPLOITATION (USA)
Marie-Noëlle Bas, CHIENNES DE GARDE (France)
Aiyoung Choi, Advisory Council – CATW (USA)
Taina Bien-Aimé, Executive Director COALITION AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN (USA/International)
Jean Enriquez, Executive Director COALITION AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN - ASIA PACIFIC
Teresa C. Ulloa Ziáurriz Regional Director COALITION AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN – LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Asunción Miura, COMISIÓN PARA LA INVESTIGACIÓN DE MALOS TRATOS A MUJERES (Spain) 4
Diane Matte Coordinatrice CONCERTATION DES LUTTES CONTRE L’EXPLOITATION SEXUELLE (La CLES) (Canada)
CONSEIL DES FEMMES FRANCOPHONES DE BELGIQUE (Belgium)
Anik Raskin, Chargée de Direction CONSEIL NATIONAL DES FEMMES DU LUXEMBOURG (Luxembourg)
Jana Chržová, Chairperson CZECH WOMEN’S UNION
CZECH WOMEN’S LOBBY (Czech Republic)
DEVELOPMENT THROUGH ACTIVE WOMEN NETWORKING FOUNDATION (DAWN Foundation) (Philippines)
Heather Harvey, Research and Development Manager EAVES FOR WOMEN (United Kingdom)
Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, Executive Director EMBRACE DIGNITY (South Africa)
Florence Montreynaud, ENCORE FÉMINISTES (France/International)
Yasmeen Hassan, Global Director EQUALITY NOW (USA/International)
EUROMED FEMINIST INITIATIVE IFE-EFI (France)
Anna Zobnina, Chair EUROPEAN NETWORK OF MIGRANT WOMEN
Viviane Teitelbaum, President EWL – EUROPEAN WOMEN'S LOBBY
FEMMES SOLIDAIRES (France)
Dr. Renate Klein, FINRRAGE (Australia)
Louise Lindfors, President FREDRIKA BREMER SOCIETY (Sweden)
Pat and Gerard Gartlan (Australia)
Yolande Geadah (Canada)
Agnès Baron, Véronique Colomies, Lilly Devasia, Marie Luc Dordonat, Maria Dutra, Magdalena Franciscus, Marie Françoise Le Brizaut, Marie Paule Richard, Leadership Team GOOD SHEPHERD EUROPE (BFMN) (Belgium/France/Hungary/Netherlands)
Winifred Doherty, GOOD SHEPHERD INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE PEACE OFFICE – NEW YORK (USA)
Rosa Mary Corral García, GOOD SHEPHERD - LA PROVINCIA DE ESPAÑA DEL BUEN PASTOR (Spain)
Rosemary Kean, GOOD SHEPHERD - PROVINCE OF GREAT BRITAIN (United Kingdom)
Angela Ricci, GOOD SHEPHERD - PROVINCE OF ITALY/MALTA
Nimmi Gowrinathan, Ph.D., Director, Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative Colin Powell School, City College New York (USA)
Marcela Virginia Rodríguez, Argentinian Parlamentarian (2001-2013)
GROUP JUSTICE AND GENDER - CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS INTERDISCIPLINARIOS PARA EL ESTUDIO DE POLÍTICAS PÚBLICAS - CIEPP ( Argentina)
Borbála Juhász, Chair HUNGARIAN WOMEN'S LOBBY (Hungary)
Nusha Yonkova, Anti-Trafficking Manager IMMIGRANT COUNCIL OF IRELAND (Ireland)
Gunhild Mewes, Maya Schnitzler INITIATIVE FÜR GERECHTIGKEIT BEI SEXUELLER GEWALT (Germany)
Susana Chiarotti Boero, INSGENAR (INSTITUTO DE GENERO, DERECHO Y DESARROLLO) (Argentina)
Toni Van Pelt, President INSTITUTE FOR SCIENCE AND HUMAN VALUES (USA)
Siusi Casaccia, Chair ITALIAN WOMEN'S LOBBY (Italy)
Prof Sheila Jeffreys, School of Social and Political Sciences,University of Melbourne (Australia)
Helle Jarlmose, Secretary General KFUKS SOCIALE ARBEJDE (Denmark)
Dr. Dalia Puidokienė, Executive Director KLAIPEDA SOCIAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES CENTER (Lithuania)
Pascale Maquestiau LE MONDE SELON LES FEMMES (Belgium)
Laure Caille, General Secretary LIBRES MARIANNES (France)
Joyce Folwazcny, Director MAISHA E.V.-AFRICAN WOMEN IN GERMANY (Germany)
Lorraine Spiteri, Chairperson MALTA CONFEDERATION OF WOMEN'S ORGANISATIONS (MCWO) (Malta)
Hanne Helth, Spokesperson MARCH 8 INITIATIVE (Denmark)
Iluta Lāce, MARTA RESOURCE CENTRE FOR WOMEN (Latvia)
Susana Pavlou, Director, MEDITERRANEAN INSTITUTE OF GENDER STUDIES
President, CYPRUS WOMEN’S LOBBY (Cyprus)
Natalja Kurčinskaja, Director MISSING PERSONS' FAMILIES SUPPORT CENTRE (Lithuania)
MOUVEMENT DU NID (France)
Annette Lawson, NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF WOMEN'S ORGANISATIONS (United Kingdom)
Terry O'Neill, President NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN (USA)
Karen Ingala Smith, Chief Executive NIA ENDING VIOLENCE (United Kingdom)
NISA UL HAQQ FI BANGSAMORO (Philippines)
Caroline Norma, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies RMIT University (Australia)
Matthew Holloway, National Secretary NorMAC (Australia)
Durdica Kolarec, Coordinator PETRA NETWORK (Prevention and Elimination of Trafficking in Women) (Croatia)
Dianne Post, International Human Rights Attorney (USA)
Melissa Farley, Ph.D. Executive Director PROSTITUTION RESEARCH & EDUCATION (USA)
Janice G. Raymond, Ph.D. Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (USA)
Malin Roux Johansson, Executive Director REALSTARS (Sweden)
Michèle Vianès, President REGARDS DE FEMMES (France)
RENEW FOUNDATION (Philippines)
RESISTENZA FEMMINISTA (Italy)
Lesley Rimmel, Core Faculty Member, Gender and Women's Studies Program Oklahoma State University (USA)
Karin Svensson, Chairwoman ROKS (Sweden)
Laura Albu, President ROMANIAN WOMEN'S LOBBY (Romania)
Sarah Benson, CEO RUHAMA (Ireland)
Reka Safrany (Hungary)
SAMARITANA TRANSFORMATION MINISTRIES (Philippines)
Judge Judy Harris Kluger, Executive Director SANCTUARY FOR FAMILIES (USA)
Lynn Savarese, Esq. (USA)
Michèle Dayras, President SOS SEXISME (France)
SPACE ALLIES (Japan)
Rachel Moran, SPACE INTERNATIONAL (Survivors of Prostitution-Abuse Calling for Enlightment) (USA)
Gloria Steinem (USA)
Guðrún Jónsdóttir, Spokesperson STIGAMOT (Iceland)
Autumn Burris, Founding Director SURVIVORS FOR SOLUTIONS (USA)
Gertrud Åström, President SWEDISH WOMEN'S LOBBY
Gunilla Hjelm, Chairperson THE CENTER WOMEN OF SWEDEN (Sweden)
Françoise Morvan, President THE FRENCH COORDINATION FOR THE EUROPEAN WOMEN’S LOBBY (France)
Anne K. Ream THE VOICES AND FACES PROJECT (USA)
Agnete Strøm, International Liaison THE WOMEN’S FRONT (Norway)
Zandra Kanakaris, President Olga Persson, Secretary-General UNIZON (Sweden)
Isla MacGregor WHISTLEBLOWERS TASMANIA (Australia)
Lisa Wiesbaden (Germany)
Lynda Dearlove, CEO WOMEN@THEWELL (United Kingdom)
Trine Porret Randahl Larsen, President WOMEN’S COUNCIL IN DENMARK (Denmark)
Rada Borič, Sanja Juras, Durdica Kolarec, Mirjana Kucer, Biserka Momcinovic, Nela Pamukovic, WOMEN’S NETWORK OF CROATIA (Croatia)
Edite Kalnina. Board Member WOMEN' S NGOS COOPERATION NETWORK (Latvia)
Dre Muriel Salmona, Présidente, MÉMOIRE TRAUMATIQUE ET VICTIMOLOGIE, Paris (France)
Nadine Bouteilly, Présidente, NATIONALE LIBRES MARIANNES (France)
Martin Dufresne (Canada)
Lina Nealon, DEMAND ABOLITION (USA)
Claire Desaint, Vice-présidente, FEMMES POUR LE DIRE, FEMMES POUR AGIR (France)
Matthew Holloway - BSocSc (Couns), National Secretary, NorMAC (USA)
Srabani Sarkar Neogi, SOUTH KOLKATA HAMARI MUSKAN (India)
Esther Fouchier, FORUM FEMMES MÉDITERRANÉE (France)
Gunilla S Ekberg, PhD, University of Glasgow, Special Advisor to the Swedish government on trafficking in human beings (Sweden)
Mari-Angeles-Suarez, Plataforma Abolicionista, Canaria (Spain)
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