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14/09/2012 - Argentina

Female sex workers’ law arrives to the University

Fellows from A.M.M.A.R. performed a discussion table at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires to expose the Law that aims to regulate autonomous sex work.

Elena Reynaga, fundadora y actual asesora de AMMAR, expone ante la audiencia

Fellows from Central of Workers of Argentina (CTA), representatives of Institutional Relations of the Senate of the Nation, college students, female sex workers and representatives of civil organizations participated on the meeting.

Those present were interested in this initiative driven by A.M.M.A.R. that already has the support of various sectors of society.

"The objective of this activity was encountering young people and them to know us, because we know that they are our future representatives and are more open-minded to attend these types of discussions, which often generates a lot of noise in society. But we hope that young people can help us spread awareness on that sex work is not the same that trafficking people, and that sex work exercised by adults and voluntarily is a job as worthy as any other", said Georgina Orellano, National A.M.M.A.R. leader.

Elena Reynaga, founder and current adviser of A.M.M.A.R., began the talk telling about the path of the organization to those who did not know the history of 18 years of fight.

Moreover, Carolina Justo Von Lurzer —teacher of the Faculty and researcher of the Gino Germani Institute— spoke about anti-trafficking policies being implemented and that far from combating human trafficking, damage and make more clandestine to female sex workers, including the Decree 936 which prohibits sexual offer ads.

"Specifically, this measure damages our fellows, because they were forced to publish their ads in other headings, such as “single and alone, which is much more expensive and they have to publish fewer lines or internet sites which were once free and now you have to pay”, explained A.M.M.A.R. members.

The event organized by A.M.M.A.R. was supported by the Vice Dean of the Faculty, Ms. Adriana Clemente, who expressed support and offered the space to organize future meetings.

Despite the university teachers strike and the absence of the panelists Hugo Yasky (General Secretary of the CTA) and Martin Sabbatella (National Deputy from Nuevo Encuentro), the activity took place and was very enriching thanks to the contributions and suggestions of participants in relation to the law project.

Source: A.M.M.A.R.