The UK Ministry of Health, in keeping with WHO classification of FGM, voted to report genital piercings as genital mutilation. There has been a public policy outcry on this topic in the UK this week because it is unclear how this law would be enforced. Clearly, some women get these piercings by choice and due to high body image esteem and sexual freedom. How do we differentiate piercing by consent and by force?
The most important initiative in combating sex trafficking to hit the federal legislature since the TVPA Act of 2000 is being stalled in the Senate because of a clause written in by Republicans stating that the funds (which by the way come out of the pockets of the Johns who purchased these women) cannot be used to provide abortions. Kudos to Democrats for not letting this wording slip in and allowing for legal precedence to the expansion of the Hyde Act... especially because ALL pregnancies in trafficking could be argued are the result of Rape. And yet, so much momentum and justice will be lost if we give up on this bill altogether. How do we compromise??
The Senate Judiciary Committee passed two bills last week that will be crucial to rebuilding the lives of survivors of sex trafficking. These "safe harbor" laws are a big step forward in putting federal funding and legal precedence into treating trafficked women as victims, not prostitutes and allowing them to apply for jobs and get social services! And since women and girls all over the world matter, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the End Modern Slavery Initiative Act, a $1.5 billion international anti-trafficking initiative that would support programs all over the world to prevent trafficking, prosecute perpetrators and support survivors. Thank you Congress. #bipartisan efforts#women'slivesmatter#abolitionism
Dr. Geynisman is the founder of the Survivor Clinic and a passionate champion of women's equality and justice