Sri Lankan homes are inundated by floodwaters in Pugoda, Sri Lanka, on May 17, 2016. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images)I was born in 1979, the year Carol Leigh coined the term “sex worker.” At the age of 19, I became a sex worker myself.
First, I worked as a stripper while living abroad as a student in Oaxaca, Mexico, and then, later, across Europe and in the United States; after college, I passed a brief stint as a call girl on Craigslist.
His thighs were marked with more than 60 cigarette burns – one of many punishments he endured during his detention in Sri Lanka earlier in the year.
A teen known as Witness #267 shows scars and marks on his chest.
The government’s forces were also accused of targeting civilians, which is considered a war crime under international law.
International rights groups say the current government has done little to investigate the alleged war crimes. But an investigation by the Associated Press (AP) found that more than 50 Tamil men claim they were raped, branded and tortured under the current government.
Raped, branded or beaten repeatedly, more than 50 men from Sri Lanka’s Tamil ethnic minority say they were abducted and tortured under the country’s current government.
Previously unpublished accounts from the victims themselves highlight the affect of a bloody civil war in the country that ended in 2009.While sex workers in developed countries face extraordinary risk, that risk is greater in developing countries, and especially in countries ridden with armed conflict.Impunity, lawlessness, dysfunctional state institutions and border controls, as well as a generally high level of violence — these increase the risk of trafficking and susceptibility to harm.Some see decriminalization as the end goal of an international movement that encourages society to respect sex workers as human beings and afford them equal dignity. I write often about the discrimination that current and former sex workers face: We’ve been shut out of private relationships as well as public institutions, often as a result of our participation in the trade.So long as I sold sex, I knew I’d never be hungry or homeless; I felt economically secure.AP reviewed 32 medical and psychological evaluations and conducted interviews with 20 men in its investigation, published today.