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Sex Trafficking

Here's Proof Truckers May Be Better Poised To Rescue Sex Trafficking Victims Than Cops

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact

Sex trafficking remains a largely hidden crime in the U.S., but a fleet of truck drivers across the country are leading the charge in exposing the cr...

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.

LA Will No Longer Arrest Children Forced Into Sex Trafficking

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.30.2015 | Impact

Every year, more than 1,000 children in the U.S. are arrested for prostitution, even though most of them aren’t even of age to consent to sex.&...

Why Can't the Mainstream Media Get Their Facts Straight When Writing About the Sex Trade?

Alison Bass | Posted 10.26.2015 | Media
Alison Bass

Why do the media drop their journalistic standards when reporting on the sex trade? Is it because they're so desperate to be politically correct, as one of my colleagues argues, or is it because the mere mention of women's sexuality sends normally methodical journalists into a tizzy of sensationalistic misinformation?

Lena Dunham Wants A Love Revolution

Allison Carmen | Posted 10.26.2015 | Impact
Allison Carmen

GEMS is committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth.

Emma Thompson, Gillian Anderson, David Arquette Unite on Award-Winning Trafficking Film

Carla Escoda | Posted 10.22.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The taut drama becomes even more chilling with the knowledge that it is re-enacted everyday in some form in countless brothels in India and beyond -- more often than not, without the intervention that saved Lakshmi.

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.

A Salute to Warrior Women Past and Present

Alicia Nunn | Posted 10.22.2015 | Women
Alicia Nunn

Being the Warrior Woman that I am, I break down every barrier placed in front of my goals, even my own limiting beliefs. A woman can do anything she puts her mind to. And she is more than a secretary, sex object, and maid.

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?

Sex Trafficking in Michigan

Nipa Shah | Posted 10.12.2015 | Detroit
Nipa Shah

Together, let's make it our goal to save just one more victim, and raise awareness to prospective victims. Find an organization in your neighborhood and donate your time and money. Trust me when I tell you that most of them will love having you on board, and engaged.

A Pimp's Ad, Direct to Our Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

It is hard enough to be a homeless young person, pulling yourself off the streets, without criminals luring you in the other direction, attempting to sexually exploit you in exchange for affordable rent.

Now That You Know

April L. Bogle | Posted 10.01.2015 | Impact
April L. Bogle

I cannot get this terrible thing off my mind. Neither could Susan Norris, so she wrote a book about it, Rescuing Hope, to help her find some peace.

2015: Children As A Commodity (Trafficking of Children)

Christopher Burgess | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Christopher Burgess

The year is 2015. What has transpired in 15 years, and the hundreds of children who were 12 in 2000 and are 27 today? Yet child sex trafficking continues. Indeed, the number of persons in slavery today is greater than it was three years ago in 2012.

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.

Why I Wrote a Novel About Sex Trafficking

Nancy Deville | Posted 09.21.2015 | Books
Nancy Deville

To this day, I still shudder thinking of the insanely dangerous circumstances I put myself as a childish eighteen-year-old. It's one reason why I feel so deeply about this subject. It could have been me.

Chicago Sun-Times Editor Thinks Sex Workers Can't Be Sexually Assaulted

Katherine Koster | Posted 09.14.2015 | Chicago
Katherine Koster

She mocked that the victim would call 911 rather than going to a "pimp." She called forced sex at gunpoint "theft of services." She stated that taking the sexual assault of a sex worker seriously "minimizes the act of rape," is "an insult" to real victims.

'I Know My Life Will Be Beautiful' - A Survivor Story

To The Market | Posted 09.10.2015 | Impact
To The Market

More than 60,000 women work in the commercial sex industry in Kolkata, India. In 2006, Sari Bari was founded in order to help women trapped within this industry. Operating in two of the largest red light districts, Sari Bari allows them to learn a new trade and gain an education.

Rentboy Raid Latest Salvo in Government's Counterproductive War on Sex

Alison Bass | Posted 08.28.2015 | Crime
Alison Bass

The Rentboy raid is just the latest salvo in what civil rights attorneys and sex worker rights advocates say is an "ongoing war against sex" by the government.

Rentboy: For What It's Worth

Dale Cooper | Posted 08.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Dale Cooper

The message from the federal government has largely been a threat to the lives and livelihood of US citizens, who are, it must be said, under the law, criminals.

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.

In Alaska, Not All 'Sex Traffickers' Are Sex Traffickers

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics

An Alaskan researcher and former sex worker is spearheading an effort to fight the state's anti-sex trafficking law that she and others arg...

Legal in Theory: Germany's Sex Trade Laws and Why They Have Nothing to Do With Amnesty Sex Work Proposal

Katherine Koster | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
Katherine Koster

Germany (and the Netherlands) have been swept into the ire over Amnesty's new Sex Worker proposal: "After Germany legalized prostitution in 2002, police reported it became much more difficult to target abusive pimps" Time Magazine claims.

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.

On When To Call 911

Bronwyn Lea | Posted 08.11.2015 | Impact
Bronwyn Lea

We call 911 when danger is imminent. Sometimes we don't know how dangerous that danger might be. Identifying at-risk teens had never been on my radar as a situation in which I might call 911. It is, however, a situation which I now know 911 does respond to and wants to know about.