According to the U.N. Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur is responsible for the following:
- He/She communicates with States and other concerned parties with regard to alleged cases of violations of the right to health (See Individual complaints) and other issues related to his/her mandate;
- He/She promotes the full realization of the right to health through dialogue with relevant actors by participating in seminars, conferences, expert meetings.
Those are a few of the responsibilities listed under the job description. They don’t sound unreasonable, until you learn a bit more about Mofokeng.
Mofokeng is an advocate for sex work (i.e. prostitution) in her writings.
I believe sex work and sex worker rights are women's rights, health rights, labor rights and the litmus test for intersectional feminism. The idea of purchasing intimacy and paying for the services can be affirming for many people who need human connection, friendship and emotional support. Some people may have fantasies and kink preferences that they are able to fulfill with the services of a sex worker. The clients who seek sex workers vary, and they're not just men.
Stefano Gennarini, J.D., vice president for the Center for Legal Studies at the Center for Family and Human Rights says Mofokeng's appointment is much more nefarious.
Mofokeng is "a doctor groomed by the international sexual and reproductive health establishment to advocate for unfettered sexual autonomy, including legal prostitution, homosexuality, abortion and children's sexual autonomy," Gennarini said.
"Children's sexual autonomy".
Gennarini says Mofokeng has no real accomplishments in the medical field other than running an abortion clinic and hosting a 'Sex Talk' TV show.
Yet she receives a valued worldwide appointment from the U.N.
Mofokeng wrote an article in Teen Vogue about sex work where she claimed sex workers are unfairly discriminated against and advocates for the worldwide decriminalization of prostitution and sex work.
Still, continued criminalization of sex work and sex workers is a form of violence by governments and contributes to the high level of stigma and discrimination. A systematic review and meta-analysis led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), for instance, has found that sex workers who have experienced "repressive policing" (including arrest, extortion, and violence from police) are three times more likely to experience sexual or physical violence.
She applauds the World Health Organization's funding of public campaigns to reverse the stigma on sex work and says morality should have no place in guiding legal reforms regarding prostitution and sex work.
There has been a wave of recent attempts by leftist movements in the U.S. to lighten the stigma of, and even legalize, pedophilia.
If there is an argument to be made it's apparent that a lack of morality has not done us any good.