[Amnesty International has come to the conclusion that decriminalizing prostitution is the best way to “respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of sex workers.” But actress Anne Hathaway played a French whore in Les Mis, so she has feels about the issue, too. Hathway is one of several high-profile actresses, including Lena Dunham and Meryl Streep, who are protesting Amnesty’s “Draft Policy on Sex Work,” which states that all “consensual sexual conduct between adults—which excludes acts that involve coercion, deception, threats, or violence—is entitled to protection from state interference.”
Criminalizing the sex trade actually leads to increased harassment of and violence against sex workers, states Amnesty, including their abuse “at the hands of police.”
The Hollywood Reporter notes that “in the past, celebrities like Jon Stewart, Madonna and Kristen Wiig have not hesitated to back Amnesty International, one of the most influential human rights watchdog groups.” But stopping the state from punishing people for having sex is simply too much in Tinseltown, apparently. In response to Amnesty’s draft recommendations—which are slated for presentation in Ireland in August—a long list of celebrities joined activist groups and religious leaders in signing a protest letter.
The group—which included actors Angela Bassett, Kevin Kline, Marcia Gay Harden, Lisa Kudrow, Chris Cooper, Allison Williams, Emily Blunt, and Emma Thompson—said they are “deeply troubled by Amnesty’s proposal to adopt a policy that calls for the dedecriminalization of pimps, brothel owners and buyers of sex.”]