Rather than objective in-depth reporting, Bazelon, whose sterling academic and professional profile includes a Soros Media Fellowship, offers her subjective opinion that Amnesty International, a prominent and impactful human rights organization, is right in calling for the decriminalization of buyers of sexual acts, pimps and brothel owners as a means to protect prostituted individuals. Bazelon opens her article with one person’s version of what transpired last November when Amnesty USA voted in favor of legitimizing prostitution.
“That week-end was one of the most painful moments in my life,” said Alisa Bernard of Organization for Prostitution Survivors, who attended the Amnesty conference in Los Angeles with seven other survivors. “Watching one unidentified buyer after another and pimps disguised as business managers line up behind the microphone to tout toxic notions of empowerment through prostitution was unbearable. Many Amnesty members stood with us, but the leadership visibly preferred to embrace the sex trade.”