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It’s time to legalize prostitution

June 2, 2012

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The law is out of step with sexual mores By Jason Itzler / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Stephan Gladieu/Getty Images MOUND HOUSE, NEVADA – JANUARY 2008: Tea time at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, a legal brothel owned by Dennis Hof, in Lyon County, one of the fews counties in the […]

Public Relations: My Experience as a Sex Worker in Love

May 21, 2012

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Kitty StrykerSex worker, activist with SWOP, blogger and general rabble-rouserPosted: 05/17/2012 “So what do you do?” is a question I used to get asked a lot at the pub in London. Generally, I sized the person up and decided how far up the exposure scale I wanted to go. (If you’re curious, my answers, from […]

The Brothel Next Door

May 15, 2012

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Turkey is cracking down on the sex trade. What’s next? BY ANNA LOUIE SUSSMAN | MAY 14, 2012 Under the shade of a tree at an Istanbul cafe, Suzan, a voluptuous woman in her 50s with dyed blond hair and a warm, generous smile, describes how she went from teenage bride to full-time sex worker. […]

War Widows Turn to Sex Work in Sri Lanka

May 11, 2012

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By Feizal Samath At a makeshift school in northern Sri Lanka. Credit:Feizal Samath/IPS NGOs involved in development work – housing, livelihood development and infrastructure – are allowed in, while those that raise awareness on issues like peace, trauma or women’s rights are discouraged. “The moment you say you are from an NGO, there are issues,” […]

Caste Blocks Revamp of Nepal’s Sex Workers

May 7, 2012

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Badi sex workers await rehabilitation. Credit:Naresh Newar/IPS By Naresh NewarMUDA, Nepal, May 7, 2012 (IPS) – Social activists say that attempts to rehabilitate sex workers in this former monarchy call for special efforts to uplift the Badi, a Hindu caste that has for centuries been associated with entertainment and prostitution. Sabitri Nepali was initiated into […]

Girls who buy sex from beach boys: Sex tourism in Bali

May 6, 2012

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Reblogged from the Naked Anthropologist 2 May 2012 in sex work by laura agustin Beach boys and women sex tourists: every journalist’s dream topic. A Swiss television reporter interviewed me about a documentary he was making, incorporating footage from Cowboys in Paradise, a film about Kuta Beach in Bali. I happened to be in Basel, […]

Street Wise

April 21, 2012

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Cyndee Clay constantly walks the intersection of society and sex, survival and discrimination in an effort to uncover the humanity hidden by stigma Interview by Will O’BryanPhotography by Todd FransonPublished on April 12, 2012 Cyndee Clay of HIPS(Photo by Todd Franson) Growing up in suburban Maryland, the most dangerous element in young Cyndee Clay’s life […]

Why the Sex Positive Movement is Bad for Sex Workers’ Rights

April 21, 2012

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Audacia Ray By Audacia Ray This essay originally appeared in the 2012 Momentum conference anthology ebook. If the pursuit of pleasure is good, how can it be bad for sex workers, people who are professionally steeped in sexuality? Well, it’s complicated. Over the past several decades, a contingent of feminist, sex positive sex workers have […]

Gloria Steinem “Feminist approaches to combating sex trafficking and prostitution”- Responses

April 13, 2012

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Reblogged from kracktivistUp against the epidemic of trafficking-Neha Alawadhi, April3, 2012 “Prostitution is not inevitable, it is only about unequal distribution of power,” said author/activist Gloria Steinem talking about “Feminist approaches to combating sex trafficking and prostitution” here on Monday. Speaking at a Press conference and later at an interaction with students of Jawaharlal Nehru […]

In Spain, Women Enslaved by a Boom in Brothel Tourism

April 8, 2012

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By SUZANNE DALEYPublished: April 6, 2012 Marta Ramoneda for The New York TimesA prostitute waits for customers on a road in La Jonquera, on the border with France and Spain on December 11, 2011 LA JONQUERA, Spain — She had expected a job in a hotel. But when Valentina arrived here two months ago from […]

What I think about the new sex work laws

April 2, 2012

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The prostitution laws don’t help the ones who need it most By Fleur de Lit I’m sitting in a king sized bed in a four-star hotel in Toronto reading the decision made by the Ontario Court of Appeals regarding Canadian sex work laws. I’m waiting for room service to bring up my coffee. I decided […]

The Backpage dilemma

April 1, 2012

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Is it possible to rid the online classified site of child trafficking without shuttering its adult section? By Tracy Clark-FlorySunday, Mar 25, 2012 (Credit: luxorphoto via Shutterstock/Salon) This week saw a renewed effort, led by the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof, to pressure Village Voice Media’s online classified site Backpage.com to shutter its adult section. […]

ANTI-PROSTITUTION PLEDGE

April 1, 2012

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Current law requires all organizations that receive PEPFAR funding to have a policy that explicitly opposes prostitution and sex trafficking. This policy, known as the anti-prostitution pledge, or the Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath (APLO), has been shown to have a negative impact on prevention efforts because it undermines the most effective approaches to working with sex […]

Financiers and Sex Trafficking

April 1, 2012

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By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOFPublished: March 31, 2012 Damon Winter/The New York TimesNicholas D. Kristof THE biggest forum for sex trafficking of under-age girls in the United States appears to be a Web site called Backpage.com. This emporium for girls and women — some under age or forced into prostitution — is in turn owned by […]

Look Behind the Closed Doors

March 30, 2012

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Reblogged from rmott62 After my post yesterday, I have felt I have to write more, get closer into the realities of pushing prostitution indoors. I want to confront why it is possible to believe that it must be safer – I want to look at some of the many myths that make that illusion. I […]

The Aftermath

March 30, 2012

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Reblogged from Survivors Connect NetworkFree Irish Woman, FreeIrishWoman on 2012/03/30 By FreeIrishWoman In the wake of every traumatic experience humans are re-traumatised, in new and unfamiliar ways, which combine to create the occurrence of an aftermath. Often the newly-discovered politics and the integral confusions of these repercussions are at least as traumatic as the experiences […]

Dublin Call Girl: Sometimes I Want to Go Back to Escorting Again

March 26, 2012

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Reblogged from Survivors Connect Network Sister Survivor Dublin Call Girl has written a brilliant new post about what she calls the pullback – a compelling drive to return to prostitution most of us survivors get after we’ve exited. Prostitution is another country with its own brutal rules. That’s where we’ve been living. We’ve been treated as […]

Where Pimps Peddle Their Goods

March 20, 2012

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By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOFPublished: March 17, 2012 Ashley Gilbertson/VII, for The New York TimesOnce, pimps routinely advertised Alissa on Backpage.com. She escaped, and now she is a college senior. I WENT on a walk in Manhattan the other day with a young woman who once had to work these streets, hired out by eight pimps […]

Indian mothers hold mass wedding in ‘village of sex workers’ to save daughters from prostitution

March 16, 2012

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Women in west India hamlet have been sold in sex trade for generations By Philip Caulfield / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, March 11, 2012 A young Indian bride walks with her family on the way to a wedding organized by a local agency in the village of Vadiya, India, on Sunday. A human rights […]

The Difference between a One Night Stand and an Escort.

February 25, 2012

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Reblogged from The Difference between a One Night Stand and an Escort. Posted on February 22, 2012 One of the most annoying, ignorant and blinkered opinions I have heard is that the only difference between a one night stand, and seeing an escort, is that money changes hands. A radio presenter on a relatively new radio […]

Anonymous Woman Haters and Other Animals

February 25, 2012

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Reblogged from Anonymous Woman Haters and Other Animals I had another abusive comment left for me delightfully on my blog today. It’s great to see that the opposition remain as unintelligent and inarticulate in their response to criticism of their ‘right’ to buy women’s bodies and to vent their hatred as ever. It’s good to know […]

Femen, four years of activism in pictures

February 24, 2012

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Founded in Kiev in 2008, Femen first became known for its Flash against sex tourism events in the country. “The Ukraine is not a brothel!”, they say in 2008, disguised as prostitutes, independence square. Credits: AFP/SERGEI SUPINSKY In February 2010, to protest against the “rape” of democracy in Ukraine, several activists burst into the polling […]

Trial Sheds Light on Trafficking of Women in Argentina

February 17, 2012

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By Marcela Valente Susana Trimarco holding a missing persons poster for her daughter, Marita Verón. Credit:Courtesy of Metrodelito BUENOS AIRES, Feb 16, 2012 (IPS) – A high profile trial for trafficking of women is giving the public a clearer picture of how sex trafficking rings operate in Argentina, with victims who are even forced, eventually, […]

prostitution, rants, sex work, women The Mindless Cruelty of Toxic Ignorance

February 13, 2012

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Reblogged from The Mindless Cruelty of Toxic Ignorance In FreeIrishWoman, prostitution, rants, trafficking on 2012/02/13 One of my fellow exited women has raised an interesting point on her blog (secretdiaryofadubincallgirl) when she mentioned the ‘cruelty and callousness’ of non-prostituted women who advocate prostitution as suitable and agreeable ‘work’ for other women. This view is expressed […]

Looking For Unicorns

February 12, 2012

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Reblogged from mott62 February 11, 2012 – Posted by rmott62 I am tired and exhausted by how “discussions” round prostitution are controlled by a constant search for two unicorns. The unicorn of the prostituted women who have never had bad experiments, is completely in control, has no past experiences of sexual violence, and is able […]

The Journey: A Short Film on Sex Trafficking

February 12, 2012

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REB LOGGED FROM FOR SALE July 12, 2011By A Article about \”The Journey: A Short Film on Sex Trafficking\” This film is EXTREMELY GRAPHIC! If you are going to watch it, proceed with caution. If you have been abused or still have episodes of post traumatic do NOT watch it! It includes scenes with sexual […]

Ten Facts About Prostitution

February 11, 2012

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ourtesy of the Demand Change! campaign. Download a sheet on Myths and Facts, and a Job Description for prostitution, (courtesy of End Prostitution Now). FACT 1: Prostitution is not an issue of ‘choice’. Many women ‘choose’ to enter prostitution through lack of choice and a large number are coerced by pimps or traffickers. 75% of […]

Local human trafficking persists in Upper Valley

February 8, 2012

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By Lindsay Ellis, The Dartmouth StaffPublished on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 Sex trafficking in the Upper Valley primarily victimizes vulnerable, female adolescents, Abby Tassel, WISE assistant director and former College Sexual Abuse Awareness Program coordinator, said in a Monday discussion — held in Fahey-McLane hall in front of about 20 students — coordinated by the […]

KENYA: Tackling underage sex work in Nyanza’s gold mines

February 8, 2012

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NYATIKE, 7 February 2012 (PlusNews) – Inside a smoky makeshift kiosk, Julie*, 16, can hardly cope with the demand from her clients for a cup of tea and a snack – the men are parched from their work as gold miners in the western Kenyan district of Nyatike. Photo: Kenneth Odiwuor/IRINMiners in Nyatike have money […]

Lives Cut Short: Trafficking from Mexico to New York

February 2, 2012

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By Zaira Cortes GarciaGlobal Connect! BloggerWednesday, February 1, 2012 NEW YORK–“In Mexico, many girls do not have to play at being prostitutes. They are forced by organized crime into prostitution”, says Silvia Calderon, with a firm voice. The dogs barking and women whispering do not distract Silvia. The Mexican mother tells her story via cell […]

ZAMBIA: Chinese Underage Sex Scandal Sparks Emotive Debate

January 31, 2012

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By Lewis Mwanangombe Daliu, 46, a carpenter from China never imagined himself in the dreadful confines of a stinking and overcrowded Zambian jail where conditions are so terrible that they lead to gastronomic disorders and skin diseases within days of confinement. But that is how the dice has fallen for Zhang and three other expatriate […]

ZAMBIA: Chinese Underage Sex Scandal Sparks Emotive Debate

January 31, 2012

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By Lewis Mwanangombe Daliu, 46, a carpenter from China never imagined himself in the dreadful confines of a stinking and overcrowded Zambian jail where conditions are so terrible that they lead to gastronomic disorders and skin diseases within days of confinement. But that is how the dice has fallen for Zhang and three other expatriate […]

Sex trafficking victims reveal horror of witchcraft and torture being used to enslave women in Scotland

January 28, 2012

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Jan 27 2012 Exclusive by Annie Brown VICTIMS of human sex trafficking have told how they were enslaved by witchcraft, torture and death threats in modern-day Scotland. The harrowing stories of ten women were compiled by campaigners investigating the world’s fastest growing organised crime. Nine came from Africa, one from South America. In one of […]

Sex trafficking victims reveal horror of witchcraft and torture being used to enslave women in Scotland

January 28, 2012

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Jan 27 2012 Exclusive by Annie Brown VICTIMS of human sex trafficking have told how they were enslaved by witchcraft, torture and death threats in modern-day Scotland. The harrowing stories of ten women were compiled by campaigners investigating the world’s fastest growing organised crime. Nine came from Africa, one from South America. In one of […]

Aboriginal Groups Warily Watch Canada Brothel Law

January 24, 2012

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By Sadiya AnsariWeNews correspondentTuesday, January 24, 2012 Groups representing Aboriginal women hope the government will have a partial victory in upholding current prostitution laws. They say female sex workers need to be decriminalized, but they will be endangered if the government stops arresting pimps and johns. VANCOUVER, Canada (WOMENSENEWS)–The Canadian government is appealing a judge’s […]

Sex Trafficking Rampant in Indian Country; Pimps on Prowl for Native Girls

January 18, 2012

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By Terri Hansen January 17, 2012 Courtesy Terri Hansen Is sexual trafficking happening in your city? What about on your remote reservation? The short answer is, “Yes, right under your nose.” Klamath tribal member and Portland, Oregon resident Jeri Sundvall-Williams’s horrific sexual slavery ended 22 years ago, and it took an attack from a male […]

Zambian Sex Workers Offered ‘Transformation’

January 16, 2012

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By Chanda Katongo WeNews correspondentMonday, January 16, 2012 A nongovernmental group in Zambia has reached out to 7,000 sex workers since 1992 and has helped many find new occupations. But other women in the impoverished country don’t think they can afford to quit. “I do this for my daughter,” one says. LUSAKA, Zambia (WOMENSENEWS) — […]

Sexual Exploitation in Post-Earthquake Haiti

January 13, 2012

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January 12, 2012 Two years ago on January 12, an earthquake devastated Haiti. The drastic increase in sexual violence in displacement camps has been well-documented since the disaster. But another face of the epidemic has emerged as a pressing issue: the sexual exploitation of displaced women and girls. Lack of economic opportunity and the loss […]

PSNI to visit men who paid for sex with trafficked women

January 13, 2012

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The PSNI will be visiting a number of men who they suspect have paid for sex with trafficked women, a senior officer has confirmed. Police have previously carried out raids on suspected brothels in Belfast Detective Superintendent Philip Marshall said there were currently five investigations into organised crime gangs forcing women into prostitution. He said […]

Mexican women fight exploitation

January 9, 2012

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Listen / Download Girl on the street A growing number of women are facing exploitation on the streets of Mexico City one of the world’s largest cities that’s according to organizations in the Central American country that are working to protect women from prostitution and homelessness. More and more young people, especially women, are ending […]

AFGHANISTAN Catch ’em Young, for Prostitution

January 4, 2012

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By Rebecca Murray MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Jan 3, 2012 (IPS) – Soma was a teenager in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif when her grandfather arranged her marriage to a husband she had never met. Brought up in a household with no father, Soma felt she had no choice when she underwent the traditional wedding ceremony and moved […]

AFGHANISTAN Catch ’em Young, for Prostitution

January 4, 2012

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By Rebecca Murray MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Jan 3, 2012 (IPS) – Soma was a teenager in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif when her grandfather arranged her marriage to a husband she had never met. Brought up in a household with no father, Soma felt she had no choice when she underwent the traditional wedding ceremony and moved […]

Survivor of human trafficking and sex slavery on set for film shooting in Kirkland

August 28, 2011

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By CARRIE WOODKirkland Reporter EditorAug 27 2011 A Russian mob had taken her identity long ago inside a dark warehouse. But now, on a sunny afternoon, the Korean-American walked past the long white trailers that lined Seventh Street in the Norkirk neighborhood, stopping at her dressing room marked with her name – Chong Kim. A […]

Survivor of human trafficking and sex slavery on set for film shooting in Kirkland

August 28, 2011

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By CARRIE WOODKirkland Reporter EditorAug 27 2011 A Russian mob had taken her identity long ago inside a dark warehouse. But now, on a sunny afternoon, the Korean-American walked past the long white trailers that lined Seventh Street in the Norkirk neighborhood, stopping at her dressing room marked with her name – Chong Kim. A […]

Female Trafficking Soars in Iraq

August 28, 2011

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Al-Battaween, the red light street in Baghdad. Credit:Rebecca Murray/IPS. By Rebecca Murray BAGHDAD, Aug 27, 2011 (IPS) – Rania was 16 years old when officials raped her during Saddam Hussein’s 1991 crackdown in Iraq’s Shia south. “My bothers were sentenced to death, and the price to stop this was to offer my body,” she says. […]

Female Trafficking Soars in Iraq

August 28, 2011

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Al-Battaween, the red light street in Baghdad. Credit:Rebecca Murray/IPS. By Rebecca Murray BAGHDAD, Aug 27, 2011 (IPS) – Rania was 16 years old when officials raped her during Saddam Hussein’s 1991 crackdown in Iraq’s Shia south. “My bothers were sentenced to death, and the price to stop this was to offer my body,” she says. […]

Honey Money: The Power of Erotic Capital by Catherine Hakim – review

August 28, 2011

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Should women trade on their ‘erotic capital’ to get ahead? Elizabeth Day The Observer, Sunday 28 August 2011 Lip service: according to Catherine Hakim, all women should exploit their erotic charms to get ahead. Photograph: Alamy There is so much to object to in this book that it is hard to know where to start. […]

Honey Money: The Power of Erotic Capital by Catherine Hakim – review

August 28, 2011

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Should women trade on their ‘erotic capital’ to get ahead? Elizabeth Day The Observer, Sunday 28 August 2011 Lip service: according to Catherine Hakim, all women should exploit their erotic charms to get ahead. Photograph: Alamy There is so much to object to in this book that it is hard to know where to start. […]

Campaign Against Sex Trafficking Is Gaining

August 14, 2011

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By MERIBAH KNIGHTPublished: August 13, 2011 Paul Beaty/Chicago News CooperativeKennette Thomas, 49, was 15 when she married the man who forced her into prostitution. Kennette Thomas was 15 when she married a man she thought was a gentleman. Instead, he spent the next 30 years as her pimp. In 2009, she finally broke away. Still, […]

Campaign Against Sex Trafficking Is Gaining

August 14, 2011

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By MERIBAH KNIGHTPublished: August 13, 2011 Paul Beaty/Chicago News CooperativeKennette Thomas, 49, was 15 when she married the man who forced her into prostitution. Kennette Thomas was 15 when she married a man she thought was a gentleman. Instead, he spent the next 30 years as her pimp. In 2009, she finally broke away. Still, […]