Trump Jr. rips Teen Vogue for sex work op-ed: 'Nothing is sacred to these sickos'

Trump Jr. rips Teen Vogue for sex work op-ed: 'Nothing is sacred to these sickos'
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Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpPETA billboard in Baltimore calls Kushner a 'rich pest' Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report House chairman warns foreign governments to 'cease and desist' spending money at Trump properties MORE criticized Teen Vogue on Tuesday for an op-ed written by a doctor advocating for the global decriminalization of sex work.

"This is how deranged the left is. Imagine trying to normalize this to a teen and even preteen audience!?!" the president's eldest son tweeted.

Trump Jr. suggested the magazine focus on the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields "before jumping to prostitution as a career choice for our young women."

"Nothing is sacred to these sickos and they're influencing our youth," he said.

Trump Jr.'s tweet was in response to an op-ed Teen Vogue published in April and promoted on its Twitter page Monday.


In the article, Tlaleng Mofokeng, a South African-based doctor and founder of the organization Nalane for Reproductive Justice, lays out her reasoning for decriminalizing sex work, including relating it to her job. 

"I am a doctor, an expert in sexual health, but when you think about it, aren't I a sex worker? And in some ways, aren't we all?" Mofokeng said.

"I find it interesting that as a medical doctor, I exchange payment in the form of money with people to provide them with advice and treatment for sex-related problems; therapy for sexual performance, counseling and therapy for relationship problems, and treatment of sexually transmitted infection. Isn't this basically sex work?" she wrote.

Mofokeng argued that having a medical degree is not the right measure for saying "who is deserving of dignity, autonomy, safety in the work place, fair trade and freedom of employment."

She wrote that "sex work" can include "services between consenting adults" such as "companionship, intimacy, nonsexual role playing, dancing, escorting, and stripping." She argued that decriminalization would protect sex workers and keep them out of more dangerous situations.

The Hill has reached out to Teen Vogue's parent company, Condé Nast, and Mofokeng for comment on Trump Jr.'s remarks.

Sex work is still criminalized across much of the United States, and much of the rest of the world, other than Amsterdam.

The push for decriminalization seems to be gaining some traction among activists and progressive lawmakers. 

Democratic New York state representatives recently introduced a bill that would decriminalize sex work across the state. With the end of session in Albany approaching, it is unlikely the bill will head to the floor for a vote this year. 

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (D-Calif.), a presidential candidate, has also come out in support of decriminalizing sex work between consenting adults.  

Trump Jr. weighed in on the topic Tuesday as he separately wrote his own op-ed published by Fox News endorsing his father on the morning of President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE's reelection campaign launch.

Trump Jr. and his brother Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden expands lead in new national poll Eric, Lara Trump welcome second baby Trump tweets photo of Trump Tower in Greenland: 'I promise not to do this' MORE are said to be in control of their father's businesses while he's in office to avoid conflicts of interest.