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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,” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) — […]

In Vietnamese Village, Stitching the Wounds of Human Trafficking

August 17, 2011

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Justin Mott for The New York TimesMa Thi Mi was sold for marriage in China. She now works with Vang Thi Mai’s co-op in Hop Tien making crafts to be sold to tourists. More Photos » August 16, 2011By JULIE COHN HOP TIEN, Vietnam — Rare visitors to Hop Tien often catch a first glimpse […]

NEPAL Sex Workers Demand a Place in the Constitution

July 12, 2011

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Sex workers in Kathmandu demonstrate to demand their rights. Credit:Ghanshyam Chhetri/IPS.Buy this picture By Sudeshna SarkarSex workers in Kathmandu demonstrate to demand their rights.  KATHMANDU, Jul 12, 2011 (IPS) – Every time Bijaya Dhakal goes out to meet people and tell them what she does for a living, the simple task becomes an act of […]

Daughters of the brothel

July 3, 2011

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Naseema was born into and lives in one of India’s most infamous brothels but is now working to free trafficked women.Witness Last Modified: 29 Jun 2011 10:40 India’s handwritten magazines have long fascinated me. But while researching the subject for a blog, I came across one in particular that stood out. Jugnu is a 32-page […]