Publisher’s Note:

We all want to decriminalize communities selling sex to survive, and to reduce harm against them. The pragmatic solution seems to be full decriminalization, which is also known as sex trade expansion. But speaking with the most marginalized women who have lived through it, we learned that the “New Zealand model” actually fails women, and particularly, Māori, low-income and migrant women. Don’t just take it from us. This post was guest written by AF3IRM allies and Māori (indigenous) sisters in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Seventeen years since the full decriminalization of sex selling, sex buying and pimping was passed into law in New Zealand, widespread harm has not been reduced for the majority of people in the sex trade. The New Zealand model teaches us that calling misogyny and transmisogyny “work” only makes them more popular.

By Jade Kake and Fern Eyles

As the last land mass settled, New Zealand’s experience with prostitution is comparatively rough and recent. Early accounts indicate prostitution’s establishment followed the onset of colonization. The early exchange of goods by whalers and traders for sexual access to Maori women rapidly became one…

The sex wars are over. It’s time for full decolonization. Land and #bodiesback.

Background:

On this anniversary of 9/11, we pause to consider the important role of the sex industry in facilitating the United State’s Global War On Terror and American occupation in Hawaiʻi, the Philippines, Afghanistan and Iraq. Prostitution is a vestige of slavery that was sanctioned, normalized, and institutionalized for over…

Colonization teaches us to identify with oppressive systems and engage in oppressor behavior to defend them.

Several paid activists seeking to deregulate the sex industry (lobbyists), known cyber stalkers, and people posing as AF3IRM members including the anonymous “Purple Rose 666” account have been spreading false information about and engaging in targeted harassment of women in Hawaiʻi organizing to remove patriarchal institutions on Native Hawaiian land.

AF3IRM Hawaiʻi is a grassroots, completely unfunded transnational feminist activist organization led by Native Hawaiian, Black, immigrant, queer and gender diverse women of color. Our membership includes women with lived experiences within the commercialized sex industry. We run the only emergency relief fund for sex workers in Hawaiʻi, and passed…

(This story was originally published June 1, 2017, in the Honolulu Star Advertiser in response to Alex Tizon’s “My Family’s Slave” in The Atlantic. We are re-publishing it here for free and open access.)

L: Eudocia “Lola” Tomas Pulido on the cover of The Atlantic that features Tizon’s story; R: an older photo of Eudocia provided by the Tizon family

On last night’s episode of The Handmaid’s Tale, the new world learned the real name of…

Image of Hawaiian women locking arms to protect their elders from arrest. Photo from twitter user aulii43

Are you watching Hawai‘i?

Thousands of Native Hawaiians (Kānaka ʻŌiwi) have answered the call from Hawai‘i Island to protect their ancestor and Hawai‘i’s most sacred mountain, Mauna Kea. Linking arms, our sisters are on the frontlines.

We are AF3IRM Hawai‘i, a transnational feminist organization. We unite Native Hawaiian and immigrant…

AF3IRM Hawai'i

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