Visiting the Pro Senter in Oslo
My class have been in Oslo today to visit the Pro Senter, which is an office where the workers deal with prostitution, trafficking, porn and other issues in the sex-industry. We talked to a woman who have studied prostitution and works on this office. I was quite surprised by the number of “clients” they have. They work with women from many different countries, everything from Norwegians to Nigerians to Romanians. I knew a lot, but there were some surprising things I didn´t know. Like for instance how much human trafficking involves, I used to think that it human trafficking was when someone got payed to bring someone from one country to another. I have never thought about organ trafficking, women who sell their children to wealthier people in other countries as a part of human trafficking. Nor did I realise how many grey zones there is in the sex industry. I’ve learned a lot today, not necessary about new stuff, but about what things are defined as, and how the laws work.I also learned that prostitution is not like we see in in the movies, it’s so much more, much more complicated and hard to understand. The classic image of a slutty girl in a mini skirt leaning towards a car is not the definition on prostitution, ´cause prostitution mainly happens behind closed doors, not out on the street.
I think everyone should take a minute or two to really think about what prostitution an human trafficking really is, and how much it involves. I had no idea on how much prostitution and human trafficking really includes…M