Prostitution is the Absence of Choice (Half the Sky Chap. 2) #sjbc

This post is part of the April Social Justice Book Club. This week we are discussing Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

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Conversation Questions for Chapter Two:

The authors discuss the evolution of their thoughts regarding how best to deal with forced prostitution and child prostitution……..legalize and regulate vs. prohibition. Before reading this book, what were your thoughts on preventing/reducing prostitution in the U.S. and abroad? What are your thoughts now? Do you agree or disagree with the “big stick approach”?

“Rescuing girls from brothels is the easy part, however. The challenge is keeping them from returning.”

After reading Half the Sky up to this point and then reading this statement, what thoughts come to mind? What feelings?

What kind of threats would have to be made for you to stay enslaved, to not run away? What makes some of these women stay in the prostitution industry?

In your opinion, do any women enter prostitution willingly? If so, why?

Source: The above questions come from the organization Global Women.

Please share with us your responses to the questions above or any thoughts or questions you have about the issue of sex-slavery in the comments section below.

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