Vegas! the lights, the hotels, the shows; just ignore the rest of its notorious history. “Prostitution, gambling, and anything else your heart desires, made to measure in Vegas baby! Check out the brothels: The women are beautiful and they love what they do, (or else they wouldn’t be there) it’s a pleasure dome, bring your money!”
“81 percent of women working in the legal brothels of Nevada would like to escape it“, does that sound like women who like what they are doing? This information was based on research interviews of the women in legal brothels. (Go to nevadacoalition.org and the book Prostitution and Trafficking in Nevada: Making the Connections.)
More emphasis seems to be placed on the attraction to buying and selling women in some counties within the state of Nevada, then deterring the exploitation. Though it must be said that prostitution is not legal in the county in which Las Vegas resides, it certainly seems the reputation precludes the reality.
For those that work with women within the industry itself, there may be a different perception than the glitz and glamorous lifestyle one may be lead to believe exists. Many women victimized by the industry have indicated a need for safe passage out, that does not jeopardize their life or their family, along with retraining, education and psychological and/or addiction counselling. But why invest in that, when each county is receiving a hefty tax base from the selling of women’s bodies. On top of that, is the underground sex market. Vegas was declared a major center for the sex trafficking of minors, now that is a whole other can of worms.
“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas“. No, it does not. Thailand, Amsterdam, and many more destinations for sex tourism, circle our globe dealing in the same philosophy and misogyny. In fact here in Vancouver, sex trafficking and exploitation is also a problem and will become even more so in the time leading up to the 2010 Olympics. Prostitution is not legal in Vancouver, but along with it are the strip clubs, porn establishments and massage parlors, embedded just like any other large city. I guess the only difference between Vancouver and its known under-current of depravity is that Vegas advertises their sin city. I’m not sure that most of us are too happy about contributing to prostitution, exploitation and organized crime in our own neighbourhoods, but apparently for some it is nice to go partake in another community.
You see, I’m not interested in lining the pockets of people, towns or establishments that knowingly participate in the buying and selling of humans. A woman or child’s body is not for sale in my books, it is to be cherished in the same way I cherish mine. Whether you want to believe that the smiles and propaganda that is perpetuated is true, and that any human would “choose” to be three holes for penetration, or dance nude because they couldn’t dream of being anything else, is up to you. The girl or woman performing any act on the street, stage or screen is just as faceless; and those that pay, care not how she got there or what or whom is keeping her there.
I also refuse to not link what happens in areas such as Vegas, Bangkok, Amsterdam, Vancouver or any place in the world, to a growing profitable business of human trafficking. They are linked to this despicable act against human souls along with the social apathy and politics that keeps it prevalent. Unlike drugs, one human body can be sold over and over again, it is a resource that keeps on giving. Until it no longer is profitable, then it is expendable like any trash.
Sometimes it may be hard to tell that we are walking into an establishment that is linked to crime or profits from the sale of women or children. However, I think it is safe to assume that any place that offers a woman’s body for consumption, or any town or country that advertises itself as a destination for such, isn’t hiding who is buttering their bread.