Unholy Collaboration: Feminists and the Christian Right are in bed together

The Oldest Soul, Lunes, Mayo 19, 2003 - 18:41

Anna-Louise Crago

On January 15, 2003, field missions around the world for the United States’ international aid agency (USAID) quietly received notice that, henceforth, no more funding for projects against trafficking in people would go to “organizations advocating prostitution as an employment choice or which advocate or support the legalization of prostitution.

On a small scale, the policy shift stands to affect the funding given to groups like Empower, a sex workers’ group in Thailand that has vocally supported legalization and the political organizing of sex workers. Though the money they receive for anti-trafficking programs is small, it covers the cost of literacy classes. What remains to be seen, is how much else is at stake.

The provision was part of a now well-known cable sent out by Colin Powell that set out USAID’s new foreign policy under the Bush administration. It announced that funding would be cut to projects perceived as supporting “trafficking of women and girls, legalization of drugs, injecting drug use, and abortion.

Anna-Louise Crago is one of the founding members of Montréal`s sex worker political action group since 1996, La Coalition pour les droits des travailleuses et travailleurs du sexe. She is also a writer, activist and artist.

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