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Today, Reynaga is 60 and retired. The association is currently finalizing the details of a bill that would legalize sex work, give sex workers rights and eliminate sexual exploitation. At a recent meeting on the bill, Reynaga shared her story with politicians, labor union representatives and fellow association members. It was in the year It left me scarred. As she speaks of her first police detention, Reynaga addresses the crowd informally. I was a rag! Years later, in , Reynaga found herself back in jail. But this time, she was with a group of other sex workers who had also been arrested by the city police.
The women began to brainstorm about how they could together to defend their rights. They even set the prison cell on fire as a of protest. The association has 5, members, with 93 percent reporting that they are the breadwinners of their families. Nearly two decades later, the group is preparing to finish a bill to solidify their rights. We began to dream in a prison cell.
The faces of those around the room seem captivated by Reynaga, as if breathing in her passion as she speaks. Her fellow association members smile and nod their he in approval of every word she utters. The government and labor union representatives invited to the meeting listen attentively with a certain curiosity. Carlos Monestes was also in attendance representing Central de Trabajadores Argentina, which has been helping the association to prepare the bill.
Her view is to use the law to influence society. The attendees used the meeting to edit and add details to the bill in order to present it to the Argentine Congress soon. For her and her fellow association members, sex work is a choice, a profitable profession.
These women consider themselves to be exploited by a system that lacks dignified alternatives for them to support themselves. Instead of a law to protect sex work, they are advocating for new public policies to help them leave what they say is a violent industry. Reynaga says that Article 81 of the city Contravention Code attaches sanctions and monetary fines to the public offer or demand for sex. But there is no law regulating sex work or protecting sex workers from exploitation. The bill that her association is finalizing asks the government to create a registry of authorized sex workers so that they can practice their profession legally.
To obtain this authorization, workers would need to comply with certain requirements, such as complete trainings in social rights and health care, as well as pass a psycho-physical exam. The bill also sets up a system to tax the earnings of the sex workers.
This system requires the workers to issue receipts for the services that they provide and to pay the state a set contribution per month in exchange for benefits such as medical coverage and retirement funds. At the same time, the bill establishes the right of sex workers to form cooperatives that enable them to together to rent deated apartments where they can provide their sexual services.
The workers themselves — not third parties — would manage the apartments, and authorities would conduct routine inspections. Claudia Carranza, who took over from Reynaga as secretary-general of the association, says that this elimination of third parties is key to protecting sex workers. This would begin to reverse the exploitation that has crept into the industry during the past decade. Nightclub owners disguised them in legal documents as waitresses or dancers.
There, the sex workers found their clients, whose drink sales appeased the owner of the clubs. The women then took these clients out of the establishment to conduct their business, with no third party interfering in their earnings. She talks about it with the same passion as Reynaga does. Carranza says that she has learned a lot about her rights as a member of the organization — not only as a sex worker, but also as a woman. The schools are open to all community members but give preference to sex workers, even offering a day care for their children while they attend class.
These initiatives reflect one stream of thought among women involved in the industry here. We choose this because the work is profitable. What we do is by choice. We are adults. But other women in the industry disagree. In , the association suffered an internal division. This bill looks to promote public policies to support women engaged in prostitution. Collantes says that it addresses central issues tied to prostitution, such as mental and physical health of prostitutes. It also considers economic subsidies for women in the sector in order to decrease their dependency on money earned from having sex.
She also advocates for this bill to help women to stop using their bodies as merchandise. She recommends the development of programs that would shield sex workers from persecution and enable them to leave prostitution. But Collantes says that the bill is stuck in a legislative committee, with little updates on its progress. Its proponents say they hope it moves forward soon in order to help women find dignified work. By Dina Gonzalez Reporter. Share on. Related Stories.Whores Argentina willing to fuck any where any time
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