I am ass deep in a project and don’t have time to really write and to be fair, having been ass deep in projects all week haven’t really had time to think of things to write about. Wednesday was a rare day. To get this out of the way, I like Pope Francis. He’s not a complete head in the sand Pope believing Jesus and God can save us all. He’s the first that I can remember that actually just said – be decent to each other. He’s not going to change thousands of years of teachings overnight. Just doesn’t work that way in the Catholic Church and trust me, I come from a Catholic education and family. I rebelled early and often.
With that all said, I agree with him, that if you are trafficked your life sucks. You got no choice in the matter and frankly it’s not a position anyone should find themselves in. While he makes a major distinction between those trafficked, he doesn’t go out and point out the sheer volume of women that enter the sex trade willingly. Sure, some may find that their only solution but they are there willingly. Nor do I find it morally reprehensible for those of us that engage in it. To sit there and say it’s a crime to have sex with a prostitute is ignorant at best. I can pull 100 girls right now that will tell you they love the money and the lifestyle they have here in Pattaya. Sure, some sweaty ass farang banging them can get tiresome but for the most part it beats the shit out living in the village working menial labor jobs that pay fuckall. Maybe a factory or a 7-11 if they are lucky but its 6 days a week for fuck all in pay.
I agree, human trafficking sucks. Just painting the whole sex worker industry as evil and criminal isn’t the proper response. – Spanky
ROME: Pope Francis branded exploitation of women for prostitution a “crime against humanity” on Monday (Mar 19) and asked forgiveness from society for Catholic men who use prostitutes.
The pope made his frank comments in a remarkable, freewheeling question-and-answer session with young people from around the world who came to Rome to prepare for a bishops’ meeting scheduled for October at the Vatican.
Blessing Okoedion, a 32-year-old Nigerian who was once a victim of human sexual trafficking, told the pope she was troubled that many clients of prostitutes on the streets of Rome were Catholic.
“I ask myself and I ask you, is it possible for a Church that is still too male chauvinist to be able to question itself truthfully about this high demand by clients?” she said.
Francis responded that in Italy it was likely that some 90 per cent of male clients of prostitutes were baptised Catholics.
“I would like to take advantage of this moment to ask forgiveness from you (exploited women) and society for all the Catholics who carry out this criminal act,” he said.
“I think of the disgust these girls must feel when men make them do these things,” he added.
Prostitutes, most of them victims of human trafficking from Nigeria, other African countries and Eastern Europe, are found at night on the streets of Rome’s periphery and around parks.
At the meeting with the some 300 delegates at a university in Rome, Francis said sexual exploitation of women stemmed from a “sick mentality” embedded in many people. He added that feminism had still not be able to remove it and asked the young people to fight against it.
“(It says) women are to be exploited in one way or another. And that is what explains this … it is a sickness of humanity, a sickness of looking at society in a certain way, a crime against humanity,” he said.
Francis rejected the idea that going to prostitutes could be considered harmless.
“Who does this is a criminal. This is not making love, this is torturing a woman. Let’s not confuse terms. This is criminal, a sick mentality,” he said.
Francis also heard some tough talk from Angela Markas, 22, of Australia. “There is a tendency in the Church to avoid matters that are not-so-easy to talk about. This includes same-sex marriage, our sexuality, and also, the role of women in the Church,” she told the pope.
Earlier this month, Catholic women led by former Irish president Mary McAleese demanded a greater decision-making role for women in the Church, urging the pope to tear down its “walls of misogyny”.
(Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Alison Williams)