Climate Change Could Force Women Into Prostitution, Congresswoman Claims

Robert Jonathan

Could climate change force women to trade sex for food?

Rep. Barbara Lee, a California Democrat, seems to think so.

Lee introduced a resolution in Congress this week warning that "food-insecure" women, i.e. those in unstable developing countries where the effects of climate change can lead to poverty, drought, and famine, are particularly at risk.

Her resolution claims that women will bear the brunt of climate change because they produce up to 80 percent of the food in developing countries and that they "regularly assume increased responsibility for growing the family's food and collecting water, fuel, and other resources."

Representing an Oakland-area district, Lee has been in Congress since 1998.

As far as an alleged link between climate change and prostitution, Lee's House Concurrent Resolution 29 reads, in part, as follows.

"[F]ood insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health..."

The resolution calls upon Congress to address the disparate impact of climate change on women around the world and advocates for more gender-specific climate change policies.

This resolution, like a similar one submitted two years ago, is not expected to gain any traction in the House of Representatives. "Previously in 2013, Lee proposed a similar resolution urging the policymakers to include more women in discussions and take their opinion in battling global warming," Science Times noted.

Around the time of 2013 resolution, Lee emailed the Los Angeles Times that "It's unfortunate that this resolution has been misrepresented as to its goals. Tragically, as women across the world are pushed to the margins, they become more vulnerable. And we've seen time after time that women on the edge are forced to make heartbreaking choices, this among them."

Outspoken climate change skeptic Patrick Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace, has rejected the dire predictions of the man-made global warming movement. Among other things, Moore insists that computer modeling for global warming is unreliable, that carbon dioxide is critically necessary for human life, and that the influential United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is barking up the wrong tree, as it were, because it only considers human causes of global warming.

Do you think that there is a possible linkage between climate change/global warming and women selling their bodies for food?