because they cannot demand their rights, because they do not have any rights. Mainos (Teksti jatkuu alla mainos pättyy, if there is one girl in Madrid, and she knows some other girl and the other girl says hey I have one friend in Helsinki, I can call to my friend and see. Its a sign they might be interested in doing business. Finnish people know what we are doing and when they drink too much they are violent. Another issue is the extreme loneliness of going through medical care in a foreign country when you are a marginalized member of society. The Finns, Russians and other East Europeans are online.
The price is negotiable. Mainos (Teksti jatkuu alla mainos pättyy, you can sell your sex services privately in Finland, but the main principal is if there is a third person somewhere behind, for instance a pimp, it is illegal. This is the stretch of street she'll work this evening. Detective Superintendent Rainiala says that while the girl don't like the uniformed officers, they do trust them. Even if they pay 1000 we don't do without condom she says. Prostitution has moved online, but Helsinkis African sex workers defy freezing temperatures and racist shouts. Much of Helsinkis sex work is done behind closed doors. If there are black women walking in that kind of zone in the very city centre, the police will probably stop them and ask for travel documents, and ask what are you doing here, or they. Would you like to go somewhere? But she lost her job when work was outsourced to China.
Pamela says she struck out at walls and furniture trying to attract attention to her plight, but nobody came. I was naked and he was naked. And inevitably risks are taken. You could be buying phone credits for a friend or letting them use your bank account; renting an apartment for one or more girls to live in; placing an advert in the newspaper, or taking any cut of her earnings. Its too cold here she says, but she needs the money to send back to Ghana. But as Jaana Kauppinen explains, being involved with the police is not always an option for sex workers, especially those girls from Africa. It was only when she grabbed his genitals that he stopped.
Two summers ago, Pamela found herself on the receiving end of that violence, when a customer beat and strangled her. With no husband to support her and her two children, and no job prospects in Italy, Pamela decided to move to Finland. When the rain was falling, the scent, I was sitting on my balcony and feeling happy. A slick of plum-coloured lipstick, and powder blue eye shadow on her dark brown skin, black hair falling around her shoulders. Some of that exploitation is in the transaction itself between sex worker and customer, pressure to do something they dont want. African girls are very interested in their health says Jaana Kauppinen.
Modern pimps are far removed from the 1970s Blacksploitation cliché of a man in flared trousers, jewels and fur, running a stable of scantily-clad working girls. Petri, whose Helsinki Police unit monitors trafficking and aggravated pimping. God forgive me I pray every day, because what I am saying to them is not true. Before Helsinki, there were good years. Prostitution is not illegal explains Detective Superintendent. In Finnish: Pamela päivystä illasta toiseen kaduilla myymässä seksiä tällaista on afrikkalaisten katuprostituoitujen arki Helsingissäml Much of Helsinkis sex work is done behind closed doors. For Kauppinen's staff, theres an ethical component as well to testing sex workers for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
But realistically, she concedes, I might stay here until daybreak. And so when she found no legal job on arrival in Finland if I got a job tomorrow I would stop Pamela ended up as a sex worker. She closes her eyes, thinking of Africa and smiles widely, asked to recall a vivid memory. Detective Superintendent Rainiala says it's impossible to verify the details, and he couldn't easily find a report of such an incident in police files. And so we hide.
Mainos (Teksti jatkuu alla mainos pättyy, she sees the men who pause a fraction too long on her street, or pass in one direction, then walk back again a few minutes later. Pamela is one of the hidden foreigners of Helsinki. If you are not living permanently in Finland, if you are not entitled to Finnish health care services? Officers took the man away, and advised Pamela to also report to the station, but she never did. Pamela says she lived for a long time in Milan, working in a factory producing mannequins. As you settle down for a Saturday evening in front of the television with your family, Pamela prepares herself for another night selling sex to strangers.
I said, this is African rain. The girls can fall foul of the law in two ways: they can be stopped on suspicion of selling sexual services, or asked for their travel documents under the Alien Act, and ultimately deported if they can't prove theyre here legally. He continued pressing on my neck, my tongue was hanging out my mouth. Eventually she got to the door of the apartment, and found a neighbour outside in the hallway already calling police. Pamela knows she has to look respectable if she wants to earn money. Her family there think she cleans offices, or looks after an old lady; and Pamela is conflicted by the lies she's told, so she prays. She was unable to verify if Pamela certainly not her real name had worked there, or whether she had been made unemployed at that time. Everyone in the chain of command has to earn something. She felt deeply alone.