Sex Trade As A Means Of Survival
Charity, Changing Lives, have issued a statement saying that women are turning to the sex trade as a means of survival. “Survival sex is a term that has become commonplace with staff at Changing Lives but it has yet to resonate with the wider public, It needs to.” said Chief Executive Stephen Bell.
I can advocate for prostitution as a legal trade. As long as the women can get proper protection.
Having people so desperate in our society shows that something is drastically wrong.
At present in the UK, we have a female population of around 33 million women. So they outnumber us men by at least one million, according to statista.com. Yet 80% of government cuts will hit vulnerable women according to the debt advisory service, Trust Deed Scotland!
This is at a time when the number of offenses against women, including domestic abuse, rape, and sexual assaults, rose by almost 10% in 2015-16.
Women’s groups say it is no coincidence the rise begins at the same time as the financial crisis and the beginning of austerity Britain. They are calling for a reversal of cuts to specialist domestic violence services. Many have closed as a result of budget cuts in local councils since 2010. Cuts that the UN have already confirmed are human rights abuses!
Some very legally minded people have also found the prohibition of cannabis to be a human rights abuse.
“The prohibition of cannabis in the UK contravenes the following Articles of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 Treaty to which we are a Party: 1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 16, 18, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29 and 30.” – http://www.ccguide.org/contrary.php
The supreme court of Mexico has ruled the use of cannabis to be a human right.
For some months now Durham and Avon & Somerset police forces have been running diversionary schemes for drug users. This helps remove criminality from the process. 80% have taken up the program so far. Alarmingly more than half of the arrests were for cannabis.
In January 2015 Durham Constabulary received 963 reports of sexual and violent crime, compared to 560 from the year before.
Durham enacted the policy of acting on complaints only with regards to home cannabis cultivation and use. There was a dramatic drop in crimes of this nature to 329.
In Denver, Colorado, it is the hub of legal pot sales, the capital and the most populous city in the state. Murders, burglaries, rapes, and other violent crimes declined during the first three months of 2014 compared to 2013. Vehicle break-ins went down 36 percent. Homicides went from 17 to 8 – a 53 percent decrease and sexual assaults went from 110 to 95 — a 14 percent drop.
Researchers from Yale University, University of Buffalo and Rutgers followed 634 married couples for nine years. When couples used cannabis three times or more each month they reported the lowest number domestic violence incidents (intimate partner violence) over the first nine years of marriage.
A subjective study of alcohol to cannabis by issued on pubmed.gov concluded that alcohol facilitates feelings of aggression. Whereas cannabis diminishes aggressive feelings in heavy alcohol and regular cannabis users, respectively.
Alcohol a substance that costs the UK £21 billion per year.
Cannabis! – Doing the job the Tories can’t.
Cannabis is an industry that is thriving on equality. In the past several years women have become a driving force in the growth of the industry. Businesswomen and female entrepreneurs say they are launching marijuana-centric companies. They are hoping to avoid the glass ceiling which prevented them from reaching board rooms and corner offices in other industries.
“For well over 20 years, the conversation about drug policy reform has been largely held by white men.”
“Women stopped and paid attention because a woman was speaking to them, and now every campaign since then has put a woman out front.” Dale Sky Jones – Oaksterdam University and Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform.
A multi-billion dollar industry where a good dispensary can make around $10,000 per day. Employees make wages in excess of twice the minimum wage. Unlike convenience shops that are making around £242 per week from tobacco products served by minimum wage staff.
Just for the record, dispensaries now outnumber both Starbucks and McDonalds in Colorado, so there’s obviously no shortage of jobs or opportunities.
Change For The UK
A UK cannabis industry could change our culture dramatically. From drops in violent crime rates to equal opportunity employment, it is a game changer for British politics. The ending of prohibition (an unnecessary political choice) also means the end of austerity (another unnecessary political choice)!
Whereas the Conservative government is happy to trample all over human rights with illegal legislation. The cannabis industry is enforcing them and in some cases, even fighting tooth and claw for them!
The cannabis industry is moving on from the days of dodgy dealing. It’s become a truly global revolution across all three sectors. Medicinal, recreational and industrial, and it’s the ladies who can lead the way.