New York state lawmakers are considering legislation that would seek to protect survivors of sex trafficking while punishing the people who exploit them.
She speaks with Melanie Thompson, youth outreach coordinator for the Coalition Against Trafficking for Women: “There were a lot of survivors and people that I met when I was in the game. A lot of them haven’t made it.”
Taina Bien-Aimé, CATW executive director, writes in The Millennial Source about her experiences traveling the world to listen to sex trade survivor and advocate to end sex trafficking and sexual exploitation alongside them.
“You’re not going to protect your kids from trafficking by listening to what QAnon says, because that’s not the way child sex trafficking works at all,” said Taina Bien-Aimé, the executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women.
A 2020 Pan-Canadian poll conducted on behalf of LAWC, CLES and CATW reveals Canadians are more likely to support Canada's Equality Model laws on prostitution. With a government evaluation of the PCEPA on the horizon, it will help ensure that the views of Canadians are represented.
“It is astounding,” Bien-Aimé wrote in an email interview with PassBlue, “that of all the experienced medical experts, the Human Rights Council would pick someone who encourages adolescent girls to consider prostitution as a job as she did in her opinion piece in Teen Vogue, asking them to be open to sex buyers’ ‘kinks,’ and openly calling for the decriminalization of the sex trade."
“Under this administration, the US has been such a problematic participant within the UN system and with UN deliberations,” said Taina Bien-Aimé, executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, an international group. “It will be interesting to know how Ambassador Currie navigates the UN system in this post and how she can build bridges with the experts who deal with peace and security and women issues and 1325.”
In a Women's E-News op-ed, CATW Executive Director Taina Bien-Aimé reflects on the MTA's decision to advertise a "sex work pop-up" exhibit across NYC's transit system and the consequences of normalizing the sex trade, especially in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
CATW ED Taina Bien-Aimé issues a statement responding to New York State’s legalization of reproductive commercial surrogacy, pointing out its connection to trafficking in women.
PassBlue article looks at the uncertain future of the Beijing+25/Generation Equality Forum processes in the face of the spread of the novel coronavirus. CATW's executive director offers commentary on new developments.
“They say, verbatim, ‘I’m going to get what I paid for. So what this is is another vein of the sex trade that manifests in men with power and money exploiting young vulnerable women.” CATW Program Coordinator Laura Ramirez speaking to American University's AWOL .