What’s Current: Women of colour speak out against the sex trade at London conference

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

  • At UnHerd, Julie Bindel asks why the liberal Left continue to support the sex industry, highlighting a recent conference, “Women of Colour Against the Sex Trade,” held in London’s Conway Hall, where survivors and activists spoke about the racism inherent to the trade. Suzanne Jay, of the “Asian Women for Equality Society,” described this historical exploitation, saying: “US soldiers in the Philippines described the women they exploited as ‘little brown fucking machines.‘”
  • An 11-year-old girl in Argentina who became pregnant after being raped was denied an abortion and forced to give birth. Argentinian authorities allegedly use “anti-choice strategy” to force girls to carry their pregnancies to term.
  • New York lawmakers vote to criminalize revenge porn. Under the new state proposal offenders could be punished by up to one year in jail.
  • Seven hundred Afghani women gathered at the country’s peace talks with the Taliban in order to preserve their rights. The women expressed fears that bringing the Taliban back into the government will leave women and girls vulnerable to a new wave of oppressive laws.
Meghan McCarty
Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.

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