A panel presentation at the 2016 Left Forum, featuring Charie Siddayao of the Philippine Women Centre of Ontario (PWC), Nicole Matthews of the Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition, Taina Bien-Aimé of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), and Sarah Mah of the Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution (AWCEP). Grace Balbutin of AWCEP will chair the discussion. Our goal is to reveal the history of how prostitution has turned women into the “spoils of war”. The perspectives offered from panelists will reveal how prostitution has been used to further imperialist objectives of the West, how it has promoted sexualized racism.
Women in countries of the Asia Pacific are profoundly affected by the presence of military bases, both foreign and domestic, embedded in their countries. The shameful history of the Japanese army’s practice of providing “comfort” stations where women were used for sex by men in the military camps is an illustration of the cruelty and systematic rape of women in wartime. Join us for a panel presentation with Olivia Canlas of AF3IRM, Suzanne Jay, Yoko Oikawa, and Grace Balbutin of AWCEP.
Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution is part of a discussion about male violence against women and guaranteed liveable income.
To read the paper presented to the International BIEN Conference in 2014: Full PDF
Join Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution for this International Day of No Prostitution event at McGill University on Oct 16, 2015.
This feature documentary is a study of the sex trade, a reality that has expanded worldwide to become a true industry, both online and off, over the course of the past few decades. Part investigative report and part editorial, the film is a foray into a brutal world whose key players trivialize the impact of their actions by claiming that prostitution is simply a service like any other. But who’s really benefiting? To meet customer demands and keep this lucrative business rolling, unscrupulous pimps and sex traffickers target women and girls, who are afraid to speak out. High-end and street prostitution, escort agencies, massage parlours, strip clubs, the porn industry, sex tourism - the sex trade is sprawling, and has even spread beyond major urban areas. Behind the glowing signs of clubs and bars and on various websites, men are paying for sex and buying the consent of the women. With incisive comments from experts and enlightening interviews with people who have left or are still in the sex trade, the film takes a behind-the-scenes look at this industry to reveal a modern form of slavery.
RSVP for this free event at https://idnp2015-1.eventbrite.ca