Italy: Enact legislation that prevents sex trafficking and exploitation
|Photo courtesy of Resistenza Femminista
Right now, Italian lawmakers are discussing law proposals that would make things worse for people in prostitution, violate their human rights, and undermine efforts to reduce sex trafficking and exploitation. Parliament is seriously considering legislation to decriminalize pimping and brothel-keeping; create legal “red light areas”; criminalize those selling sex outside of these areas; and require public registration and exorbitant fees for people in prostitution (Bill No. 1201, the ‘Spilabotte Bill’). Alarmingly, according to our partners, it also proposes secondary school lessons for young men and boys on how to “safely” use people in prostitution. Rather than teaching young people about gender equality and healthy relationships, the proposed curriculum teaches them that it is ‘ok’ to buy sexual access to another person if you have the money for it. And, by normalizing the objectification of women and girls, it also contributes to a culture where violence against them is tolerated.Essentially the proposed bill would stigmatize people in prostitution, normalize exploitation, and allow the Italian government to promote and profit from trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.
Help us stop this from happening! In Italy, the vast majority of those in prostitution are women and girls, primarily from disadvantaged backgrounds and poorer countries. Many have been trafficked, and they are constantly exposed to serious safety and health risks. Please join Equality Now and our Italian partners Resistenza Femminista and IROKO by calling on the Italian government to #ListenToSurvivors and reject the Spilabotte Bill (No. 1201) and similar proposals. Rather than criminalizing people in prostitution and profiting from their exploitation, the government should enact legislation that protects their human rights and reduces exploitation in the commercial sex industry.
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