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SinBowl 50 in Santa Clara

Jane Wells | Posted 02.02.2016 | Sports
Jane Wells

As America ramps up for the 50th Super Bowl on Sunday in Santa Clara, let's take a moment to consider the ugly underbelly of this mega-sporting event: the big business of supplying sex to the fans.

A Letter To The Good Men Out There

Bronwyn Lea | Posted 01.29.2016 | Impact
Bronwyn Lea

There are men in our communities who are predators and pedophiles. But not all men are like that. You are not like that. So I'm asking you: will you please be our protectors? Would you be a voice of conscience to the men around you?

Pasties and Merkins -- a History

Christine Stoddard | Posted 01.19.2016 | Style
Christine Stoddard

Imagine -- merkins and pasties working in harmony both in the distant past and not-so-far future. It's a beautiful but strange planet we inhabit.

Are We Finally Ready to Decriminalize Sex Work? One New Hampshire State Legislator Thinks So

Alison Bass | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Alison Bass

In countries that have decriminalized prostitution and regulate it to some degree, sex workers not only have much safer working conditions but are much less likely to develop HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

FBI & Local Police Seize Adult Entertainment Website "The Review Board"

Katherine Koster | Posted 01.07.2016 | Crime
Katherine Koster

On Wednesday morning, dozens of local adult workers and clients in the Pacific Northwest were logging onto The Review Board to place advertisements, c...

Sex, Drugs, & Incarceration: Why Decriminalizing Sex Work Needs to be Part of the Conversation

Rachel Katz | Posted 01.12.2016 | Crime
Rachel Katz

Laws prohibiting sex work are based on a moral code that doesn't fully consider the implications. If we are going to reform non-violent crimes like drug use and selling that are founded on societal beliefs, we also need to consider other non-violent crimes, regardless of stigma and moral objections.

An Vote Tomorrow to Keep Kids Safe

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 01.06.2016 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Homeless young people strive to remain invisible, knowing that if they look like they don't have a safe place to sleep at night, they can be exploited by the forces of the street -- pimps, thieves, criminals who want to recruit them, violent people who want to harm them just because they can.

Gender Differences in Sexuality Crumbling

Nigel Barber | Posted 01.04.2016 | Science
Nigel Barber

Marked differences between male and female sexuality was supported by solid evidence around the globe. Such distinctions are getting blurred in developed countries.

7 Escorts Share Their First Day of Work Stories

Playboy.com | Posted 12.21.2015 | Weird News
Playboy.com

By Playboy.com Staff This article originally appeared on Playboy.com. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALESSANDRO ISNOTAURELIO / FLICKR Most of our exposure to a...

Singapore Sex Workers Take on "Champions" of Violence With Humor

Katherine Koster | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
Katherine Koster

While most sex worker organizations were taking a solemn approach to December 17th, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, Singapore's...

Asia-Pacific Sex Workers Speak Out About Violence

Katherine Koster | Posted 12.30.2015 | Impact
Katherine Koster

On December 17th, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers [APNSW] released a video series h...

Bad (Prostitution) Laws Lead to Bad Cops: Just Look at What Happened in Oklahoma

Alison Bass | Posted 12.17.2015 | Crime
Alison Bass

In a rare case of justice being served, a police officer was convicted last week of multiple counts of rape and sexual assault on black women who live...

Sex for a Souvlaki?

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 12.04.2015 | Politics
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

Make no mistake, souvlakis and cheese pies can not buy this young generation of Greek women, no matter how hard the financial crisis has hit their proud country!

17 Facts About Sexual Violence and Sex Work

Katherine Koster | Posted 12.04.2015 | World
Katherine Koster

In recognition of 16 Days of Activism, and in anticipation of December 17, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, here are seventeen things everyone should know about sexual violence and sex work.

10 Facts on HIV and Sex Work

Katherine Koster | Posted 12.03.2015 | Impact
Katherine Koster

Sex workers are recognized by the World Health Organization, along with other major health and human rights organizations, as one of four key populations in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

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.

Is Operation Cross Country the Best Way to Fight Child Sex Trafficking?

Katherine Koster | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Katherine Koster

The sweep netted 149 youth involved in the sex trade. It also led to arrests of 150 "pimps as well as other individuals." Rescuing "commercially sexually exploited youth" and catching their "exploiters" sounds like a great thing, right? Actually, it's a bit more complicated.

Sex Trafficking Victims Return To Children of the Night After 36 Years

Dr. Lois Lee | Posted 10.22.2015 | World
Dr. Lois Lee

Today, these successful women work in various fields including banking, firefighting, teaching, drug counseling and domestic violence advocacy. Juli works as an advocate for a Police Department and is headed for law school. Lynne is retired Homeland Security.

Playboy, Lamar Odom, Amnesty International and the Value of Women

Jonathan Walton | Posted 10.20.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

The value of a woman's nude body has been reduced to a dollar figure so low by producers and consumers of pornography that they decided to stop taking pictures of them for the pleasure of men and boys.

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?

Six Problems With Media Coverage on the Sex Trade

Katherine Koster | Posted 09.22.2015 | Media
Katherine Koster

Look -- we get that you're under time pressure and for last minute news overviews, it's easier to just cut and paste from press releases. But if repeated research and in-depth features indicate that the press release is not a complete or accurate description of what happened, this becomes dishonest reporting.

Human Trafficking Jam: Sorting Out Consensual Sex From Slavery, Coercion and Abuse

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
Clay Farris Naff

You don't have to approve of the buying and selling of sex to see the wisdom in Amnesty's proposal. I'm certain that humanists, along with everyone else who considers themselves a civilized human being, would join unanimously to oppose human trafficking. However, the conflation of these evils with consensual commercial sex is wrong.

Hawaii Woman Sent $525,000 In Sex Work Earnings To N.J. Husband

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 09.16.2015 | Crime

A woman in Hawaii faces up to five years in prison after authorities caught her sending more than a half-million dollars she had earned as a...

The Still Curious Case of Rentboy.com

Cody Lyon | Posted 09.15.2015 | New York
Cody Lyon

In September 2010 and March 2013, Easy Rent Systems Inc. -- Rentboy.com's registered name on public record -- applied to the United States Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services for an H-1B non-immigrant working Visa on behalf of Soto Decker.

Gritty Photo Series Chronicles The Diversity Of Sex Workers In The '70s

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.15.2015 | Arts

Warning: This piece contains nudity and may not be suitable for work. Dixie, Trini, Ta Ta and Mac. These were some of the sex workers working the Los...