Top Myths of the Anti-Trafficking/Anti-Sex Work Movement (Part Three)

Updated: Sep 14, 2021

Myth number 6: All Clients are men

One of the most common myths of the anti-trafficking/anti-sex work movement is that all clients, or “john’s” are men. While a considerable portion of sex workers do identify as womxn, there are sex workers of every possible gender identity and sexual orientation. There are lesbian/Queer womxn who only date womxn in their personal lives, but still see a majority cishet male clientele; there are nonbinary sex workers who see men, womxn, and couples; there are male sex workers who see womxn...and on and on. The idea that all clients are men massively benefits the anti-trafficking industrial complex, because then they get to treat womxn like they have no ability to make decisions for themselves. This kind of paternalism is highly prevalent in the anti-trafficking/anti-sex work movement and it needs to stop now.

Myth Number 7: Prostitution is different from other jobs

In a way, sex work generally and prostitution more specifically is different from other jobs, but in a larger sense, it really isn’t that different. Sex work has unique challenges; absolutely. But it’s important to remember that sex work is still work. Whether someone is a fisherman on the Bering sea or a migrant farm worker or just a cashier at McDonalds, all forms of labor under capitalism have varying degrees of inherent risk and danger. For some, maybe that danger is physical and for some maybe mental and for others it’s both. But the bottom line is that we can’t allow the anti-sex work lot to make sex work into a demonic phenomenon unlike anything else.

Myth Number 8: Sex Workers are delusional when they say sex work is empowering