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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 05.27.2015 | 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 04.06.2015 | 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 04.02.2015 | 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...

Dear John: A New Strategy to Address the Sex Trade

Tom Dart | Posted 04.22.2015 | Crime
Tom Dart

Trafficking and prostitution will always exist in some form, even the most ardent abolitionist would not suggest otherwise. But we can't simply stand by and allow traffickers to continue profiting from within the darker recesses of the internet.

ReThink Review: Fifty Shades of Grey -- Why Now?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.15.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Timing and technology may have conspired to make a story like Fifty Shades of Grey a runaway success, but its poor grasp of bondage and dominant/submissive power dynamics may send a dangerous message farther and faster than we would ever want.

Spoken-Word Artist Captures Pain and Fear of Child Abuse

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 04.05.2015 | Impact
Kelsey Timmerman

Taking a story someone has lived and translating it into a story you write -- as if you were them -- is not for the faint of heart, especially when that story is about child abuse, prostitution, and sex trafficking.

Syrian Refugees: Prostitution Rises When Aid Fails

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Chaker Khazaal

During a recent visit to Lebanon, walking along Hamra Street, I was taken back to my childhood. My father and I meandered down this road en route to my favorite spot. Constantly stopped by friends, eager to talk, it seemed to take forever to reach the Modca Cafe, and the ice cream I so eagerly anticipated.

Helping Women Off the Streets Get Back on Track

Shaaron Funderburk | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Shaaron Funderburk

How many of you know of a woman who woke up one day and decided that they wanted to be a drug addict, alcoholic or prostitute? My guess? None of you!

You Need to See This Film About Sex Work and Addiction

David Ryder | Posted 02.02.2015 | Arts
David Ryder

Filmed in and around Seattle, The Long Night is a gripping and honest account of addiction, sex work, and the lives of a survivor and her family. View...

Smarter U.S. Prostitution Laws Would Help AIDS Fight

Noël Busch-Armendariz | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Noël Busch-Armendariz

Health care providers, human rights advocates, social workers and politicians should join forces with sex worker rights groups to create legislation and a movement to repeal laws that criminalize people engaged in sex work.

Gloria Steinem vs. Prostitution in India

American Anthropological Association | Posted 01.28.2015 | World
American Anthropological Association

The NYT series gives a glimpse of how the anti-trafficking message is being put together, with creative uses of both the age-old idea of Indian women being fundamentally oppressed, as well as a newer idea that there is a feminist movement there positioned to resolve sexism, in part by abolishing prostitution.

Ending Human Trafficking in Honduras

David Weiss | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
David Weiss

Across the globe, economic unrest and political violence have led to a dramatic increase in migrants moving to new countries in search of safer environments and better opportunities.

Online "Sigheh"in Iran: Revolutionary or Restricting?

Mehrnaz Samimi | Posted 01.18.2015 | World
Mehrnaz Samimi

A new form of engaging in sexual relationships has sprung upon Iran's virtual scene as of late, and is being widely criticized. The significant differ...

Harnessing the Power of Theater for Social Change

Kaethe Morris Hoffer | Posted 01.18.2015 | Arts
Kaethe Morris Hoffer

For all those who are interested in the fight against sex trafficking, which is a fight absolutely aligned with the fight against domestic violence and sexual assault, this play has the power to spark important conversations, and it is worth your time and consideration.