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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. […]