Do you remember Tinker Toys? I do. We had a lot of building toys when I was growing up, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs, Legos. And every once in a while, they’d get mixed up in our hasty “Oh crap, Mom’s coming!” panic-driven clean up, and the next time you’d go play with Tinker Toys all the colored plastic pieces and fake notched logs would tumble out. Because you’d done it wrong in the first place.
A recent “sex trafficking” bill in Hawaii, heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee this last week, does the same thing that many such bills do: it conflates human trafficking and sexual slavery with legitimate sex work by adult practitioners in a consensual setting.
Most recent anti-sex work legislation gets it wrong. When sex work, human trafficking and child enslavement are all thrown into the same box, legislation becomes messy, confusing, and ineffective.
Rights, Not Rescue