An Open Letter to Amnesty International from an Indigenous Feminist

The Tuff Muff is an Assiniboine mother and radical feminist in Vancouver BC. Follow her on Tumblr.

Our missing and murdered women were once top priority for you, Amnesty. Yet it would seem that now your organization has fallen victim to the liberal masses who insist prostitution is a choice; that trafficking and prostitution are two separate forms of sex work; that pimps and johns ability to sell or purchase sexual services from women and girls is a HUMAN RIGHT.

Lesson #1: For Aboriginal women, it is our human right to live happy lives free from violence, exploitation, prostitution, and poverty.

Lesson #2: For Aboriginal women, it is our human right to live without fear that men will abuse us, rape us, steal us from our lands, and sell our bodies.

Lesson #3: For Aboriginal women, it is our human right to have unfettered access to our lands, cultures, languages, and traditions. Prostitution is not a tradition of our people.

Final Lesson: Native women deserve better than prostitution.

Read the whole letter on Feminist Current.

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