It is well known among feminists that George Soros is responsible for funding lobbies detrimental to women and girls: the modern trans lobby and the “sex work” lobby specifically. Soros is a billionaire who is funding “sex work” rights organization on an international level, including in countries with particularly epidemic levels of violence against women such as South Africa.
The prostitution decriminalization organization that George Soros funds generously through his Open Society Foundation, SWEAT, is well-known and very influential to the point where it is bamboozling feminists who should know better – which is exactly how Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, the former health minister of South Africa, describes her conversion experience to the abolitionist movement:
“Being a Quaker and a feminist I should have naturally have been arguing for the abolition of the sex trade,” says Nozizwe when we meet in the Embrace Dignity offices in Woodstock, Cape Town, “but I had swallowed the line about women having control of their bodies [and that] prostitution is the oldest profession.”
Embrace Dignity is the organization Madlala-Routledge funded to counter the destruction of women wrought by Soros-funded SWEAT. In this article I found going while going down an internet black hole about South Sudan, Embrace Dignity is described as thus:
In 2011, Embrace Dignity was registered as an official NGO, and today it is thriving, with new volunteers knocking at its door every month, and a sway of prostituted women, and those who have left the industry, coming to them for help and advice.
Nzozwe Madlala-Routledge is, in my opinion, a true feminist heroine. Her original loyalty to decriminalization exemplifies the power of the “sex work” lobby and how male billionaires are no friend to women. She first became concerned during the South African World Cup. I will quote directly from the article because I want to highlight specific wording (literally highlighted in bold):
Madlala-Routledge had already begun to worry that the World Cup would provide an ideal opportunity for criminal gangs to traffic women into and around the country to meet the demand of the thousands of male spectators and participants.
“Almost everybody else was talking about how fantastic this opportunity was for South Africa,” says Madlala-Routledge, “but I knew it meant bad news for women and girls.”
In conducting her research for NoVo, Madlala-Routledge discovered that the loudest voices were calling to decriminalise not just the women and men in prostitution, but also the pimps, brothel owner and sex buyers.
The language “meet the demand of the thousands of male spectators and participants” is of the utmost importance, as is the reference to “pimps, brothel owner and sex buyers.” This language reveals the truth about the “sex work” lobby and the players (mainly men) behind it – that truthfully they care nothing for women and girls and are spending billions to preserve male sexual privilege WORLDWIDE.
It is particularly evil when Soros’ foundation – along with other funding, but I am focusing specifically on him for a reason – funds “sex work rights” in other countries that are poor, formerly colonized, and fraught with social upheaval and epidemic violence against women. Besides a very high rate of prostituted women, lesbians in South Africa are particularly vulnerable to corrective rape, and the myth that sleeping with a virgin can cure a man of AIDS has led men to rape women and girls believed to be virgins, undoubtedly infecting many with HIV.
It is important to highlight George Soros, a powerful, rich, Western white man, because the system of prostitution in South Africa was imported along with European colonialism. I recall the studies from my anthropology class “Cities in Africa” in which we learned about the direct relation to the formation of a colonial, cash economy based on mining and the development of South African prostitution. Brutally separated from their families to work in the mines that benefited the coffers of white European males, the colonial powers at the time decided to bring women as prostitutes to the mines to keep the men happy.
And thus was born a very new form of the “oldest profession in the world,” one that helped destroy families, further disenfranchise women, and spread diseases such as AIDS to epidemic levels.
George Soros is really just another colonialist like the British and Dutch who raped South Africa – both the land and the women. I find it absolutely evil that he is bringing his pimp and john agenda to nations all over the world trying to deal with, among other issues, extremely high rates of violence against women. I have written before on how decriminalization of prostitution normalizes the objectification of women in societies in perpetuity. Madlala-Routledge truthfully describes prostitution, and the Nordic model, as thus:
“We look at the philosophical foundations of the Nordic law [where those selling sex are decriminalised, and sex buying becomes a criminal offence], says Madlala-Routledge, “It explained prostitution is seen as gender based violence in Sweden, and how the law needed to treat buyers and sellers differently because, in the main, women forced or coerced by poverty and gender inequality, so therefore any criminal sanctions should be focused on the buyers, and the women should be helped to exit.”
And the article goes on to describe the main barrier to Embrace Dignity’s goal of abolishing prostitution:
But Embrace Dignity has yet to convince the majority of funders and politicians that their approach is the correct one. Sweat has been active across South Africa since the early 1990s, and is generously funded by George Soros’ Open Society Foundation.
The Open Society Foundation, along with Amnesty International (an organization I can no longer support), have distorted the truth about prostitution and the Nordic model.
Interestingly, Madlala-Routledge describes not intersectional third-wave feminism as her inspiration (obviously) for abolishing prostitution, but describes second-wave feminism as her inspiration:
Preparing for her flight to NYC, Madlala-Routledge picked up a book entitled The Idea of Prostitution, a convincing argument against the acceptance and normalisation of the sex trade by the feminist scholar and feminist abolitionist, Sheila Jeffreys.
That’s right. Sheila Jeffreys, a second-wave feminist much maligned by “intersectional” third-wave feminists as a “SWERF” and “TWERF” guilty of “white feminism” is the mdoel of empowerment for a VERY well-education, well-achieved, and well-respected African woman. And this isn’t the first time second-wave feminism has been named as an inspiration to women of color abroad. In an NPR podcast focusing on Rwanda post-genocide, Rwandan women speak of their inspiration from US second-wave feminism
Am I saying Western feminism is applicable to every situation and should be followed by women in the global South – that women in developing nations can’t come up with their own feminism? Of course not. Madlala-Routledge was already there on her own, Jeffreys was simply served as validation against the prevailing view of “sex work.” I and other feminists who have left the mainstream speak of similar experiences. The point I am trying to make is that the very feminists and feminist theories currently being trampled upon and demonized by Western liberal feminists as “white feminism” are not necessarily viewed in the same manner by WOC in other parts of the world – women most vulnerable to the international sex trade, with the most to lose if prostitution becomes decriminalized worldwide as opposed to abolished. It seems Western liberal feminists are so obsessed with their own version of intersectionalism that they aren’t listening to the voices of the women they most claim to represent. Instead, they have unintentionally joined forces with MRAs such a George Soros.
Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge does give me hope, however, that the abolitionist movement isn’t doomed to failure in the developing nations that need it most. Madlala-Routledge knows that it is an uphill battle, yet another battle against neo-colonial white men with limitless financial funding. Embrace Dignity is passionately fighting decriminalization of prostitution in South Africa, demanding society be held accountable to abuses against women and girls due to prostitution and the required trafficking. It is women such as Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge and her organization Embrace Dignity that will lead women’s liberation into the future – not billionaire men, not Amnesty International, but women and the spaces and resources we create.