1pm New York | 6pm London | 7pm Cape Town
Calls to decriminalise the sex trade routinely fail to mention that this includes the full decriminalisation of pimps, brothel keepers and johns. In this webinar we’ll hear from four women with personal experience of both prostitution and frontline service support.
Spanning the United States, United Kingdom and South Africa, we will hear from Cherie Jimenez, Audrey Morrissey, Fiona Broadfoot and Mickey Meji, who’ll be discussing the reality of prostitution from their own perspectives with a focus on the lives of the women and girls they serve.
Decriminalising “all aspects” of prostitution, as currently proposed in numerous regions across the globe, would remove all legal penalties for pimping, procuring, pandering and all forms of sexual exploitation and third-party profiteering. This conversation will lay bare the shape and nature of prostitution as it is envisioned by those who wish to remove every legal penalty associated with it, and will examine the dystopian future under construction by those who wish to recreate and extend what has become known as 'the Wild West of Prostitution.’
From Cape Town, Mickey Meji (Nomonde Mihlali Meji) is a South African survivor of the sex trade and leading human and women’s rights activist. Mickey is passionate about the rights of women and girls in prostitution and strives to abolish prostitution in South Africa and the world. She works with women and young people to raise awareness on the dangers of prostitution.
Cherie Jimenez, an activist and survivor, has devoted many years to political activism. She founded the EVA Center (Education, Vision and Advocacy), a specialized exit program for trafficked and prostituted women. Ms. Jimenez is a board member of SPACE International and has spoken at various conferences nationally and internationally.
Fiona Broadfoot is a sex trade survivor and co-founder of Parents Against Child Exploitation (PACE) and Street EXIT, which was formed to offer support to women exiting prostitution. Fiona recently achieved a place on the highly competitive Lloyds School for Social Entrepreneurs and has now started her own social enterprise called the ‘Build a Girl Project’.
Audrey Morrissey is the Associate Director of My Life My Choice, a program of Justice Resource Institute. Drawing from her personal experience, Ms. Morrissey seeks to help vulnerable girls avoid being recruited into the commercial sex trade and/or leave exploitation behind them. Ms. Morrissey facilitates My Life My Choice exploitation prevention groups throughout Greater Boston, as well as trains service providers locally and nationally.
Rachel Moran is the founding member of SPACE International and author of the bestselling ‘Paid For - My Journey Through Prostitution’. Ms. Moran was instrumental in bringing the Abolitionist (Nordic) Model to Ireland in two separate processes on either side of the Irish border.