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Hawaii Lawmakers Agree To End Police Sex Loophole

AP | By SAM EIFLING | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers in both chambers agree that legal permission for police to have sex with prostitutes should end. Hou...

Just One Story, Out of Thousands

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 04.04.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Such bonds can be harder to break than handcuffs, especially when a young person has been told for years that they aren't worth anything, and they have few skills, no diplomas, and few prospects for supporting themselves outside the sex industry.

A Porn Empowerment Model: SAG or Street

Jennifer Ketcham | Posted 04.03.2014 | Los Angeles
Jennifer Ketcham

What action can the porn industry take to empower porn stars suffering (men or women, both during and after their careers) from the negative stereotypes associated with sex work?

Stunning Photos Tell The Story Of An Intersex Sex Worker (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.03.2014 | Arts

This is Claudette. Claudette is a husband, a grandfather and an award-winning cyclist. She's also an intersex sex worker. "I’d rather sell my ass th...

Prostitution: Shameful for a Girl, 'Shameless' for a Guy

Andrew Cristi | Posted 03.27.2014 | Entertainment
Andrew Cristi

For a 20-something girl who just fed her baby brother cocaine out of negligence and got arrested, turning tricks seems like the bottom of the barrel. For an underage boy who shouldn't even be in a night club to begin with, stripping and hooking and pimping seem like great, lucrative career options.

Hawaii Police Say They're Actually OK Making Sex With Prostitutes Illegal

AP | OSKAR GARCIA | Posted 03.25.2014 | Weird News

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police told a key Hawaii lawmaker on Tuesday that they're OK with making it expressly illegal for officers to have sex with...

Ring Of Pimps In Mexico Allegedly Forced Mothers Into Prostitution

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 03.31.2014 | Crime

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican prosecutors said Tuesday they have freed two children held by pimps who used their hold over the young girls to force the...

Tricked Documentary Film Is a Shocker

Jay Weston | Posted 03.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Last night I went to the first Los Angeles screening of a feature documentary film entitled TRICKED. It was a brilliant, horrifying film about the sexual trafficking-slavery industry preying upon young people in the United States.

Hawaii Cops Can Have Sex With Prostitutes

AP | SAM EIFLING | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers on Friday vowed to restore a line in a bill that would make it illegal for police to have sex with prostitutes. Cu...

Police Demand Law Allowing Sex With Prostitutes

AP | SAM EIFLING | Posted 03.21.2014 | Weird News

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police officers have urged lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that allows undercover officers to have sex with pro...

9 Things You Didn't Know About American Prostitution

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 03.14.2014 | Business

It might be the "world's oldest profession," but in many ways prostitution is a mystery -- especially in the United States, where the sex trade is one...

Sex Workers Have Labor Rights Just Like Any Other Employee in NZ

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.09.2014 | Women
Michelle Chen

Advocates have long argued that the mistreatment of sex workers is a byproduct of endemic stigma and criminalization, which expose workers to discrimination, violence, structural poverty, and the increased threat of sexual assault and sexually transmitted disease. Though many sex workers do struggle with economic or social hardship, activists say the trade's underlying moral problem lies not with the profession, but with the society that systematically condemns it.

Tough Mothers, Nobody's Slave

Deborah Swiss | Posted 03.07.2014 | Impact
Deborah Swiss

As we commemorate International Women's Day on March 8, it's an opportunity to take action and end the human trafficking that still exists today.

Federal Court: If You Buy a Girl, You're a Sex Trafficker

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 03.06.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

A U.S. Federal Circuit Court has ruled that customers who arrange for or have sex with children under age 18 are to be considered human traffickers. Wow. That's a big and heavy stick we can use to protect kids who are forced into having sex for someone else's profit.

Want to Fight Trafficking? Fight Homelessness

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 02.21.2014 | New York
Kevin M. Ryan

If we want to fight the sexual exploitation of young people, we absolutely must fight youth homelessness. Kids who don't have a safe place to stay enter a direct pipeline to the pimps and exploiters who recognize their desperation and are waiting to prey on them.

Memo to the New York Times: It's Sex Trafficking!

Susan Danish | Posted 04.06.2014 | Media
Susan Danish

The New York Times had a great opportunity recently to create awareness about the face of slavery today -- human trafficking of women and girls for co...

France Takes First Steps Towards Abolition of Prostitution

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 04.15.2014 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

The Nordic Model, as this set of laws is known, views the sex trade as irreconcilable with gender equality and refuses to consider prostitution as inevitable.

9 Striking Photos Reveal The Faces Of Iran's Red Light District

Posted 02.05.2014 | Arts

From 1975 until 1977, photojournalist Kaveh Golestan captured the faces and stories of the women of Tehran's red light district, illuminating the dark...

Off-Duty Officer Arrested In Prostitution Sting By His Own Force

David Lohr | Posted 01.30.2014 | Crime

A Texas patrol deputy was arrested Wednesday during an undercover prostitution sting being conducted by his own agency. Emmanuel Augustine, 29, a f...

Snowstorms Leave Human Trafficking Victims out in the Cold

Mary David | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Mary David

Imagine she retreats to a shelter where aggressive, belligerent, or intoxicated people accost her, make snide comments about her child, and multiply the fears that first led her to the shelter. Should she stay? Would you?

To Stop Traffickers, Stop Their Supply of Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

While there are no firm numbers of how much the forced sex and labor trade expands during the week of the Super Bowl, the influx of hundreds of thousands of visitors means more homeless kids may be put at risk. And make no mistake, vulnerable kids are at risk.

Teacher And Coach Arrested In Prostitution Sting

Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

A South Carolina teacher who coaches the school football team was arrested in an undercover prostitution sting. Jamie Mathew Crisp was collared Fri...

Super Bowl 'A Huge Arena For Sex Trafficking'

AP | KATIE ZEZIMA and SAMANTHA HENRY | Posted 01.25.2014 | New York

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Law enforcement agents in New Jersey have redoubled efforts to fight what they worry could be one of the biggest menace...

Am I the Only Libertarian Democrat in America?

Fred Lundgren | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

My friend finally growled out, "I know what you are, you're a Libertarian Democrat." Had he labeled me correctly? Has my world view devolved into conflicting combinations of Liberalism and Libertarianism? If so, must these "brands" be mutually exclusive?

Helping to Make Free Rehab a Reality

Anna David | Posted 02.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Anna David

Lauri Burns had the sort of early life that you tend to assume a person wouldn't survive: She was abused, institutionalized, addicted and in a success...