by Furry Girl
A favorite photo of mine from when I was in Buenos Aires. That city has sex work ad cards all over the place, like you would see in Las Vegas.
Yesterday, Argentina's president Cristina Fernandez banned sex work ads in print, supposedly to combat sex trafficking. Fernandez is Argentina's former first lady who succeeded her husband to the presidency, and is the country's first elected female president. She drew criticism as a senator for having unfair influence through her husband's office as the president, and her most commonly mentioned personality traits are her love of fashion and being unable to handle criticism.
With an election coming up in October, people are asking questions about whether her true motive on banning the adult ads is simply to take advertising dollars away from newspapers who don't favor her. This could be another sad case of sex workers getting caught in the middle, and bearing the dangerous fallout, of other people's political ambitions.
Highlights from the Rueter's article for those of you short on time:
Argentina's government is banning prostitution ads in newspapers and other mass media as of Friday, saying it is combatting violence against women.
But some of the president's opponents fear it may be used to punish opposition media this election year by removing an independent source of revenue for an industry that in many cases depends on official advertising, a flow of revenue that press freedom groups say has been unequally directed toward the government's supporters.
Fernandez specifically took aim at the newspaper Clarin, a frequent antagonist. She cited the opposition paper's Area 59 section as particularly unethical. Area 59 has included columns of ads for escorts, "gym teachers" ''massage therapists" and "underwear models" offering "pleasures without limits." Until now.
In Argentina, most media organizations are aligned either with the Fernandez government or its opposition. Many on both sides have run solicitations for sexual encounters. But Grupo Clarin's conglomerate of newspapers, magazines, broadcast stations, internet providers and web sites may have the most to lose.
Marketing director Emiliano Szlaien of the LectorGlobal media research firm estimated the ban could cost the Grupo Clarin $5 million.
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