Sex Worker Open University member Brock Lee writes on the laws, policy makers and anti-sex work feminists who treat sex workers as if they do not know the solution to their own problems.
Feminists who believe that legalising sex work or criminalising clients will help women are misguided at best. At worst, they are directly implicated and responsible for putting sex workers lives at greater risk from not only the police, but clients too.
Legalising sex work, or criminalising clients only serves to give state agencies greater control and power over already hypervisiblised and targeted bodies – migrant bodies, trans bodies, classed and racialised bodies. Pushing for greater state power over marginalised people's lives and work is not an act of liberation and social justice.