Well what is the pertinence of posting the article that Froglover found and translated?
Well as a former Ukrainain model wrote me recently " the Ukraine is the only country in Europe where appearing on line as a cam model is treated as a criminal matter for the police to handle and placed in the same category as other kinds of illegal sex work. Everywhere else it's at most matter for the tax authorities who are concerned more about tax evasion by underground studios than they are about the metaphysics of "virutal prostitution." But not in the Ukraine....
Allow me to quote myself on this.
What then is the pertinence of all the articles posted here about trafficking and the police closing of both cam studios and bordellos.. for the Ukraine...? They are harrowing stories of human dramas that say alot about both sexual attitudes and the status of women in post Communist Ukraine. But they should concern us directly because this constitutes the legal basis of prosecuting studio owners and admins, and detaining cam models, harassing them for weeks - not to mention stealing their money and personal property like cell phones and such.
So what's especially worthy of note in this offending article? Well, for one thing, the descriptions of police behavior. The treatment by the Ukrainian Militiamen of the common street prostitutes in Odessa and the way they treated the young cam models they arrested in Kyiv and Odessa this past year seem to me to be very similar.. Common points include the detention of suspects until the necessary payoffs are made - in money or in kind - the theft of personal property and money.. and the assumption that women sex workers have "no rights" worth respecting - so they can be paraded in the streets in front of the press and their cameras.
The Ukrainian police don't seem to discriminate between one kind of commercial sex work - camming - and the other kinds... and their official view of it as "internet prostitution" has been picked up and echoed in the popular press... But I guess popular perceptions of cam work is of no relevance to the cam models working in Kyiv, Odessa or the other four cities where police raids have occured this year?
This administrative and legal redefintion of camming as "virtual prostitution" will form the basis of the political consensus in the Ukraine that allows for both future police raids and for the on-going extortion of payoffs..and gratutious violence and insult- until somebody contests the official point of view about its inherent illegality and immorality. This debate is wide open everywhere else in Europe.. but not the Ukraine?
This is something that that street girls in Odessa have started to do by forming their association to agitate for some protection from the police pressure on them.
But of course, they are just common whores so their problems are their own, I guess and not worthy of our notice here...?
If you cannot see the connection between one pattern of police repression and the campaign to shut down your studios...then fine..
Please be my guest and yes, let's talk all talk about our pets instead.
My pet is a 70 pound Gordon Setter hound named Lola who likes to chase young bears up trees.. What about yours?