Of Course, The CARICOM Summit Never Discussed Giant Squid Farming Or Burkas…
Today’s online issue of The Nation News proclaims the story headline “No Decision On Sex Workers“. Any literate person reading that headline would immediately conclude that the issue had been discussed and that CARICOM’s leaders had been unable to come to a decision.
Only when we read further into the article do we discover that the issue of the free movement of “sex workers” under CARICOM was never discussed at the summit.
So what’s going on here? Slow day at The Nation News… or does someone at the paper’s management have an agenda concerning prostitution? Or perhaps the topic of prostitutes’ working permits is on the official CARICOM agenda for later discussion?
With reporting like this it is no wonder that Bajans usually feel like mushrooms when reading our local media. (You know… kept in the dark and fed lots of manure.)
As BFP reported in August of 2006, Winston Williams, Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Health, told the Nation News that CARICOM would be discussing issuing labour permits for regional “sex workers” for the Cricket World Cup. (That was before the actual CWC visitor stats came to light. We understand that during CWC there were so few visitors that Tourism Minister Noel Lynch achieved a higher prostitute to visitor ratio than was ever thought possible. Congratulations Noel!)
We looked at the issue in our article Licensing Prostitutes In Barbados – Government As Pimp.
So what is the true story, Nation News? Is the topic of regional work permits for prostitutes on the table for discussion at the CARICOM Summit? Was it a slow news day?
Or was the article part of an agenda by The Nation News to achieve social change in the issue of work permits for prostitutes?
Your readers deserve an answer.
“Sex Worker” or “Prostitute”?
In our July 2006 article Barbados Sex Workers… or Prostitutes? Words Matter, BFP took issue with the trend by politicians and media to use the term “sex worker” instead of “prostitute” as part of a social campaign to legitimize prostitution.
As we pointed out in our comments, the term “sex worker” was invented by a prostitute for the purpose of achieving social change. Here’s what we said…
Sex Worker legitimizes.
We don’t call a thief a “theft worker”
We don’t call a fraudsman a “fraud worker”
“The term “sex work” was coined by long time prostitutes’ rights activist Carol Leigh as a way to designate all those who work in the adult industry.”
International Sex Worker Foundation…
Here is the “Sex Worker” story as it appears in today’s Nation News…
No decision on sex workers
SEX WORKERS ARE not a category under the free movement of labour within the CARICOM Single Market and Economy.
There was no formal position on their movement at the 28th CARICOM Heads of Government, according to Roosevelt Skerritt, Prime Minister of Dominica and head with responsibility for labour within CARICOM.
He added it was not a matter which was discussed on Monday, and while Dominica would not allow that type of activity, he could not speak from a regional standpoint since there was not a collective position on the issue.