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“Sex work is NOT work.” Netizen tweets against promoting sex work as a job

Fuentes then shared a part of a book called Women Resisting Crisis and War stating that previous financial crises showed situations wherein women are forced into the sex trade, sex trafficking, escorting, and performing in karaoke bars.

  • Netizen tweets against groups who consider sex work as actual work.
  • She stated that sex work is also a form of abuse and objectification of women.
  • Other netizens and sex workers defended their stand on why sex work is also considered as work.

The argument of whether or not sex work is to be considered as an actual job or not is never-ending.

Some consider it as “the oldest profession” and to others, it’s “the oldest oppression”.


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One netizen named Alexia Fuentes tweeted her thoughts about the subject, saying that sex work is not considered as a normal profession.

“Marx described prostitution as the lowest form of destitution of the lumpen-proletariat. They have no more property, nothing to sell other than their own bodies. The aim is to eliminate these conditions; not promote it through bourgeois liberal drivel about ‘sex work’ being work.”

Fuentes then shared a part of a book called Women Resisting Crisis and War stating that previous financial crises showed situations wherein women are forced into the sex trade, sex trafficking, escorting, and performing in karaoke bars.

It also included the message that these women are forced to do such things as they are desperate to keep their jobs.

She also argued against UP Diliman’s University Student Council (USC)’s statement which said that “every sex worker, like any worker, deserves to be protected from abuse and exploitation.”

Fuentes said that sex work is already a form of abuse and that people should not justify such act but demand real jobs.

“Ano ba ang tunay na kalagayan ng masang sumasalo sa mga ganitong uri ng karanasan sa gitna ng kahirapan? Marahil para sa ilan, ito ay ‘discourse’ lamang habang ito’y nananatiling buhay na pakikibaka para sa marami. Ang demand nila ay trabaho, lupa, at nakabubuhay na sahod,” she stated.

Fuentes then ended her statement by redirecting the readers to a thread that contains resources that back up her arguments.

However, not everyone agrees with her opinion. Sex workers and other netizens defended the profession.

A netizen also said that people should let the sex workers express what they feel as they are the ones that know what exactly happens in the industry.

They also encourage people to read a piece about the Philippine Sex Workers’ Collective, who were the speakers at the UP Diliman’s ACLE.

Written by Jackie Mata

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