Translated from Swedish
Original published by the Swedish National Committee for UN Women at unwomen.se on 29 January 2014
Open Letter to Amnesty International
To Amnesty International,
The Swedish National Committee for UN Women has learned that you, as a respected international organization, have started a discussion to affirm prostitution as fully legal employment. To us, this is just as outrageous as if you had endorsed the reintroduction of slavery.
Since time immemorial we have known that it is poverty and patriarchal ruthlessness that drives women and children into the prostitution market. It is not about their free choices. The only one who genuinely has a choice is the buyer!
This is why the UN Women national committee of Sweden wishes to distance itself on the strongest terms from Amnesty International’s ideas about accepting prostitution as a profession. It is not acceptable!
We urge Amnesty International to join us in continuing the fight for human rights.
Margareta Winberg, Chairwoman
Swedish National Committee for UN Women