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Childhood Influences: Where Ideas Are Born

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 11.11.2015 | Latino Voices
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

Many of us remember movies from our childhood, their effect on us then and now. Sure, I saw all the Disney releases of my generation, but I was raised by a single mother and old movies shown on late night TV were my babysitters.

Does Amnesty International's Sex Work Resolution Support "Gender Apartheid?"

Katherine Koster | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Katherine Koster

Addressing inequality, a complex web of intersecting oppression and societal discomfort with the inclusion of people who engage in commercial sex is harder than blaming the sex trade for the exploitation and marginalization of women.

The Framing of Gender Apartheid: Amnesty International and Prostitution

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

What would happen if every country decriminalized prostitution? Not just the few that have already disastrously done so, but what if every government legitimized pimps and brothel owners and failed to hold men accountable for purchasing human beings for sex?

Feds Raid -- Are We Any Safer?

Matt Baume | Posted 08.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

The story that we tell ourselves is that sex work is banned in order to protect victims of trafficking and exploitation. And while that's a worthwhile goal, there's just one problem: Arresting people who exchange money for sex may not stop exploitation, and in fact might make things worse.

Trafficking and the State of the German Sex Trade

Katherine Koster | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
Katherine Koster

Ultimately, there are problems with Germany's sex trade...but not the problems getting media buzz. And as irritating as this discourse is for sex worker advocates, the harm of these myths is not only discursive.

Daughters of the Red Light

Shanoor Seervai | Posted 08.24.2015 | World
Shanoor Seervai

When I told my friends I would be volunteering in Kamathipura, the city's largest red-light district, the first question they asked was, "Is that safe?" At the time, the question seemed prejudiced. At 20, I thought I was too worldly for such small-minded fears.

Vintage Erotica Depicts Parisian Sex Workers In The Early 1900s (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.20.2015 | Arts

Warning: This article contains some serious nudity and is probably not appropriate for work.  His pseudonym was Monsieur X. His subject, the sex...

Refusing Bad Touch in Africa

Misbah Noorani | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact
Misbah Noorani

It is evident that this girl, like so many other girls at Waa, sees the value of education. I first understood this while conducting an Agree-Disagree debate activity with a group of girls, age 13, at Waa.

Get Laid For Free And Protest Taxes At This Austrian Brothel

Reuters | Posted 06.15.2015 | World

VIENNA (Reuters) - An Austrian brothel is offering customers free sex in a summer-long protest over what its owner sees as punitive tax payments. "...

Germany Wins the Title of 'Bordello of Europe': Why Doesn't Angela Merkel Care?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

In 2002, Germany decriminalized prostitution, reportedly due to pressure by the sex trade lobby and a few brothel managers who petitioned the government. This law effectively rendered the prostitution industry a legitimate business. Today, this experiment is failing.

Why I Support Canada's Proposed Prostitution Laws

Georgialee Lang | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Georgialee Lang

The view that prostitution subordinates and victimizes women and girls is not particularly popular, but I have seen it first-hand when I lived on Granville Street in the early 1970's and in Vancouver's west end in the 80's. The image of a "happy hooker" is a Madison Avenue gimmick that has no basis in reality. When my husband, Doug, ran the Vancouver Vice Squad, I saw again the squalor and exploitation of young, addicted woman, both tragic and poignant.

Legalize It? Seriously?

Chris Baughman | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Chris Baughman

Legalization does not benefit the people selling sex; nor does legalization produce female empowerment. What it does is serve the owners of brothels, pimps and the johns who frequent them.

The Recession Victim You Missed: Brothels

CNBC | Chris Morris | Posted 08.28.2013 | Small Business

CNBC: Dennis Hof is on a buying spree. The owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch had just two brothels a few years ago. Today, he owns seven and a s...

Half the Sky Movement Diary

Robert Hanna | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact
Robert Hanna

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgThe story began with an image. Somaly Mam had snuck into the brothel and took a snapshot of a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl.

WATCH: A Tour Of Heidi Fleiss' Swanky New Brothel

OWN | Posted 08.28.2013 | OWN

In 1993, "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss was busted for running a high-class prostitution ring that catered to an elite but undisclosed clientele. Near...

Ft. Greene Dad Indicted For Running High-End Brothels

| Posted 02.13.2013 | New York

By Murray Weiss, DNAinfo Columnist / Criminal Justice Editor NEW YORK CITY — A Brooklyn father accused of running several high-end Manhattan brot...

Employment Office Sends Teen To Work At Brothel

Reuters | Posted 02.06.2013 | Business

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German teenager looking for a job was told to report for duty in a brothel by the local labor office, the Augsburger Allgemeine Z...

Brothels Rescue Cash-Strapped Team

AP | DEREK GATOPOULOS | Posted 12.17.2012 | Sports

LARISSA, Greece -- The world's oldest profession is giving a whole new meaning to love of the game. Players on a cash-strapped Greek soccer team now ...

German Teen Sells Mom's Jewels For Brothel Visit

Reuters | Posted 12.10.2012 | Weird News

BERLIN (Reuters) - A 14-year-old German teenager took his mother's jewellery worth between 2,000 and 3,000 euros ($2,500-$3,800) and pawned it for 300...

How I Escaped the Brothel in Cambodia: One Young Vietnamese Woman's Story

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.03.2012 | Impact
Andrew Lam

ADAPT leads the counter-trafficking efforts at the frontiers of Vietnam. They provide shelter for victims of human trafficking. Below is an interview I conducted with one of those victims who managed to return from a brothel in Cambodia.

Police Raid Brothels And Pimps' Homes

AP | Posted 05.30.2012 | World

DUBLIN -- Police say several hundred officers in both parts of Ireland are mounting a crackdown on prostitution, raiding 140 suspected brothels and pi...

Spain's Brothel Tourism Boom

New York Times | Posted 04.08.2012 | World

LA JONQUERA, Spain — She had expected a job in a hotel. But when Valentina arrived here two months ago from Romania, the man who helped her get here...

Meet The Bizarre, And Growing, Cast Of The 'Madam Millionaire' Case

Posted 03.22.2012 | New York

Accused madam Anna Gristina might have hoped her sexy tabloid-friendly case was going to go away, but this whole Millionaire Madam circus is showing n...

Husband-Shooting, Tax-Evading Madam Dies

AP | Posted 03.21.2012 | Business

BUTTE, Mont. -- Ruby Garrett ran the last brothel standing in this mining town's once-lively red-light district with a reputation for kindness toward ...

Flawed Inspiration

Bethany St. James | Posted 04.20.2012 | Style
Bethany St. James

The fact is that we are, more often than not, much harder on ourselves than anyone else is. In my experience, men and women often believe that being attractive on the outside has something to do with being attractive on the inside.