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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.

Tangerine: Taking Juice From the Pulp, Movie Review

Veronica Vera | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Veronica Vera

Mya and Kiki agreed they would get involved only if he gave his word the movie would give unvarnished truth and would be funny. He kept his commitment, for the most part. It wasn't what was in the story that made me uncomfortable, it was what was left out.

How a Human Trafficking Victim Shook This Sheltered American Girl to the Core

Rachel Pross | Posted 07.17.2015 | Impact
Rachel Pross

What 13-year-old girl wakes up one day and says she wants to be a prostitute when she grows up? That was the question Timea Eva Nagy posed as she addressed the crowd -- a room full of regulatory compliance and anti-money laundering specialists, me included, just last week.

Thailand's Sin Cities Struggle to Survive the Economic Downturn

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.15.2015 | Travel
Van Winkle's

Pattaya is a hellhole. Granted, I stayed there 10 years ago, but Thailand’s pleasure dens aren’t known for their reformation and reh...

'If You Build It, They Will Come': The Survivor Clinic Tackles Sex Trafficking in New York City

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 07.14.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

Born in Russia and raised in Chicago, Dr. Geynisman founded the Survivor Clinic in July 2013 to serve women who have survived or are surviving gender violence, including sexual violence and female genital mutilation.

Another Week, Another Airbnb Horror Story: Guest Uses Rental to Entertain Sex-Work Clients

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.01.2015 | Travel
Van Winkle's

An Australian woman from New South Wales used Airbnb to transform someone else’s home into a “makeshift brothel,” the Daily Telegra...

Andy Campbell

Where Portland's Strip Clubs Thrive, So Does Child Sex Trafficking

HuffingtonPost.com | Andy Campbell | Posted 06.26.2015 | Crime

PORTLAND, Ore. -- In late August last year, a 15-year-old girl was forced to strip off her clothes and dance naked at Stars Cabaret in nearby Beaverto...

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. "...

Anne Frank Made Me Throw Up

Dani Alpert | Posted 06.10.2015 | Travel
Dani Alpert

I first visited Amsterdam when I spent a semester abroad studying in Paris, when I was in college. School was a breeze, and it didn't require a great deal of studying, so I was able to travel every weekend. For six months I took full advantage of my time in Europe. One weekend I decided to go to Amsterdam.

Our Sons

Becca Stevens | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Becca Stevens

For the past 20 years, several of us have raised our sons while working alongside survivors of trafficking, genocide and addiction. This summer, our sons have all come to work at Thistle Farms, the community we helped build.

What's Next for Sex Trafficking in Washington State? Filmmaker Tim Matsui Shares How You Can Help

Claire Topalian | Posted 06.05.2015 | Impact
Claire Topalian

In The Long Night, director Tim Matsui follows the stories of seven people between fall 2012 and fall 2013, each story underscoring the real crisis of minors who are coerced into prostitution or drawn in due to desperate circumstances.

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.

David Lohr

'These Girls Knew Each Other' ... And Now They're Gone

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 07.22.2015 | Crime

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio -- One-by-one, at least four women have disappeared or turned up dead in this small city, where family and friends fear a serial kil...

Clinton Snags The Sex Worker Vote

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 05.07.2015 | Weird News

It's still extremely early in the 2016 presidential race, but Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton has just locked up one constituency. She's won the su...

Women Charged With Sexual Assault In Honolulu Prostitution Sting

AP | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER | Posted 05.06.2015 | Crime

HONOLULU (AP) — About a dozen women arrested over the weekend in a Honolulu prostitution sting at massage parlors won't be charged with prostitution...

Aide To Kelly Ayotte Arrested In Prostitution Sting

Reuters | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics

By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER, N.H., April 6 (Reuters) - A top aide to Republican U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire has resigned ...

500 Victims Coerced Into Massive Prostitution Ring

AP | Posted 04.02.2015 | Crime

MONTREAL (AP) — Seven members of an Asia-based organized crime syndicate have been arrested for exploiting more than 500 women mostly from China and...

Getting Enlightened About Prostitution

Susan Smalley, Ph.D. | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the movie Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. It was a movie I loved at the time because I real...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Agents Allegedly Hosted Cartel-Funded 'Sex Parties' In Government Quarters

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Drug Enforcement Administration agents stationed abroad attended "sex parties" that were allegedly funded with money from drug cartels, ...

Pretty Woman Hides an Ugly Reality

Hon. Judy Harris Kluger | Posted 05.25.2015 | Impact
Hon. Judy Harris Kluger

The Today Show's celebration of this fantasy misses the reality that prostitution is rarely light, loving or funny. In the quarter century since the film's release, we know much more about the links between prostitution and human trafficking.

'Pretty Woman' and the Ugly Truth About Prostitution

Marian Hatcher | Posted 04.18.2015 | Impact
Marian Hatcher

Prostitution as portrayed in Pretty Woman is just about as far as you can get from the truth. Prostitution is ugly. Most of it is sex trafficking. It's intriguing to read that the movie's script originally was written as a dark, cautionary tale. That, from my perspective as a survivor, gets at the sad reality.

How Heidi Fleiss Went From Running A Babysitting Ring To A Prostitution Ring

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 03.23.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Long before Heidi Fleiss became a household name, before she was the liaison between A-listers and prostitutes, she was running things -- a babysittin...

This Controversial Issue Has United Roman Prostitutes And The Catholic Church

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.11.2015 | World

Rome's government has a new solution for managing its growing sex work industry: If you can't beat it, manage it. That's how Washington Post Berlin...

Stopping the World's Oldest Oppression

Anita Casalina | Posted 05.09.2015 | Impact
Anita Casalina

Vednita Carter, the founder of Breaking Free, and a survivor herself, says "Prostitution is not the world's oldest profession. It is the world's oldest oppression. Breaking Free helps an average of 400-500 women and girls escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation.

Carla Herreria

This Woman Was A Prostitute For 38 Years, But One Restaurant Changed All That

HuffingtonPost.com | Carla Herreria | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact

When Mary Nelson started working at a restaurant in Honolulu last year, she hid in the back as a dishwasher. Despite her lively personality and qui...