PassBlue covers our At The Edge of the Margins virtual roundtable on New York State's move to legalize reproductive commercial surrogacy and speaks with Kylee Kwiatkowski, a survivor of egg donation.
"The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women reports that 72 percent of these victims are women and children."
In a segment on WBAI's Joys of Resistance, Taina Bien-Aimé, Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) and a founding member of Equality Now discusses what is wrong with commercial surrogacy--which has just been legalized in New York State.
“They basically want it to be a killing or it has to rise to a certain level, and I think it is fundamentally a failure to see how these hate crimes manifest,” said Taina Bien-Aimé, the executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women.
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.