Stars are standing up to Amnesty International’s proposal that’s calling for the decriminalization of prostitution.
Usually celebrities are the first to back the human rights watchdog’s proposals but Lena Dunham, Kate Winslet, Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep are just some of the big names facing off against the group’s “Draft Policy on Sex Work.”;
The draft states that “consensual sexual conduct between adults — which excludes acts that involve coercion, deception, threats, or violence — is entitled to protection from state interference.”; It will be presented at a meeting in Dublin, Ireland next month.
Amnesty’s argument is that the ongoing criminalization of the sex trade leads to “harassment and violence, including ill-treatment [of sex workers] at the hands of police.”;
The opposing letter which has been signed by 400 individuals, including celebrities and organizations, says that “the signatories below represent a wide breadth of national and international human rights advocates, women’s rights organizations, faith-based and secular organizations and concerned individuals, we are deeply troubled by Amnesty’s proposal to adopt a policy that calls for the decriminalization of pimps, brothel owners and buyers of sex — the pillars of a $99 billion global sex industry.”;
When contacted, Amnesty International told THR: “sex workers are particularly vulnerable to human rights violations. This is an important issue that provokes a wide range of responses. We are still in the process of consultation and no decisions have been made.”;