Code of ethics in sex exploitation
We talked about how to respond to sex exploitation in solidarity, not paternalism. Our conversation assumed that some people can (and do) consent to sex work, and that targeting them through data collection is irresponsible. Things essentially boiled down to: Moral judgement is about a choice made, empowerment is about freedom to make choices. We advocate for asking people about if they are ok, and if your goals and methodologies are acceptable. A remaining question is: What data patterns are different between consensual versus trafficked sex workers? and feel it's difficult to see these differences until we are able to have a more nuanced conversation, meaning dealing with taboos and morals. We therefore think inclusion will lead to better data, which will lead to more accurate action.