Thursday, September 25, 2008

NY: Protest Against HBO; Prostitution as Entertainment

CATHOUSE PROTEST: HBO’s television series ‘Cathouse’ is in the doghouse. According to protesters it promotes the cultural mainstreaming of prostitution, which in turn expands the international demand for the sex trade and human trafficking.

NEW YORK CITY - HBO’s offensive reality series ‘Cathouse’ is in the doghouse.The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)’, and the U.S Department of State’s Ambassador for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Mark Lagon, picketed outside HBO Headquarters on 42nd Street on Tuesday.

They sent a clear message to HBO that the so-called reality show about a brothel in Nevada distorts the reality of the harm of prostitution and sexual exploitation, and plays a key role in the cultural mainstreaming of prostitution.

“It (HBO’s show) builds up the demand, it makes it seem like it is just fine to sell a woman for sex. You’ve got to realize that selling a woman’s body for 30 minutes defines the slavery of our time,” said Mark Lagon, currently visiting New York to promote the fight against sex trafficking world wide at the UN meetings this week...


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