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I Do Sex Work So I Can Look At Myself In The Mirror

Angel Archer | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Angel Archer

Given the high medical costs and employment discrimination against trans people, many -- especially people of color, and especially trans women -- end up working in the sex industry.

Bad Laws Lead To Bad Cops; Just Look At Oakland

Alison Bass | Posted 06.16.2016 | Crime
Alison Bass

Last Friday, the police chief of Oakland, California, resigned amid a growing scandal involving a number of his police officers who had sex with an un...

Why Jimmy Carter is just plain wrong when it comes to sex work

Alison Bass | Posted 06.06.2016 | Crime
Alison Bass

Research shows that sex work is not inherently violent. Indoor sex workers, for instance, are much less likely than streetwalkers to encounter violence. One recent British study of 135 indoor prostitutes found that 78 percent of them never experienced any violence.

The Global Labor Rights Movement You've Likely Never Heard Of

Chi Mgbako | Posted 05.27.2016 | World
Chi Mgbako

When the swollen bodies of ten sex workers in the town of Nakuru, Kenya, were discovered in the fall of 2015, showing signs of torture and ritualistic killing, police did practically nothing to solve these serial murders.

Amnesty International attacks Norway for violating human rights of sex workers

Alison Bass | Posted 05.26.2016 | Crime
Alison Bass

My hat's off to Amnesty for having the guts to stand up and shout the truth. I hope that some day the state and federal governments in this country will listen.

Buying And Selling Sex Should Be Decriminalized, Human Rights Groups Say

The Huffington Post | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics

Amnesty International, an influential movement of more than 7 million human rights advocates around the world, adopted a new policy on sex work Wednes...

The Long, Complex And Very NSFW Relationship Between Photography And Sex Work

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.31.2016 | Arts

Warning: This article contains nudity and may not be appropriate for work environments. A photographer by the name of E.J. Bellocq was born in New O...

On Mother's Day, Remembering Sex Worker Moms

Katherine Koster | Posted 05.08.2016 | Women
Katherine Koster

Sex worker mothers are an inspiration to me, and in recognition of Mother's Day, I've collected and would like to share the words of some sex worker mothers as well as activists working with sex workers, incarcerated mothers and mothers impacted by unjust systems.

Why Laws That Criminalize Buyers of Sex Only Make Sex Work More Dangerous

Alison Bass | Posted 05.02.2016 | Crime
Alison Bass

The End Demand folks who are pushing this agenda are not concerned with the rights and safety of the women and men who sell sex; they are on some kind of high-minded moral crusade to "rescue" people who don't want or need to be rescued.

'Porn Life Drawing' Wants To Change The Way You View Sex Work

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 05.15.2016 | Arts

A water colour painting from tonight's Life Drawing class A photo posted by @_lzlm on Apr 27, 2016 at 3:50pm PDT "It's not uncommon to use sex ...

The Paternalistic Fallacy of the "Nordic Model" of Prostitution

Cas Mudde | Posted 04.11.2016 | World
Cas Mudde

This week France became the fifth European country to make it illegal to buy sex. This so-called "Nordic Model," which is actually only implemented by some Nordic countries, is gaining momentum throughout the continent and its proponents are trying, so far unsuccessfully, to make it a EU-wide reality.

Kate Nace Day: Human Trafficking Activist

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 04.04.2016 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

I first met Kate Nace Day when I took part in the 2012 Fighting Trafficking through Film forum, a project produced by the Boston Initiative to Advanc...

Follow the Protagonist: Trans Woman and Visual Artist J. Jackie Baier on Committed Collaborations

Eliza Steinbock | Posted 03.30.2016 | Queer Voices
Eliza Steinbock

Jackie says, "Follow the protagonist, always." That is her method. This is not portraiture that rehabilitates the outsider, conferring dignity. Her practice explores the possibilities for capturing individuation on the brink of dissolve.

Sex Workers Open Up About What Their Lives Are Really Like

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.29.2016 | Queer Voices

A powerful new video is bringing together a group of sex workers to have an open, honest and candid conversation about the stereotypes they constantly...

Sex Work At The Super Bowl: The Myth And Its Makers

The Guardian | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

For as long as spectators have wanted to crowd around men playing games, so have those who document sports boasted of how many women flock to service ...

This Old Anti-Porn Movie Shows How Far We Have (And Haven't) Come

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 01.21.2016 | Weird News

Historians recently uncovered a copy of an anti-porn propaganda film from the 1960s that they believed was lost forever -- and it's totally, completel...

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...

Here's How You Can Help Those Affected By The Rentboy Raid (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

On August 25, 2015, federal agents from the Department of Homeland Security raided the Manhattan offices of Rentboy.com. The raid of Rentboy, one of t...

We Need To Decriminalize Sex Work In The U.S.

Victoria M. Rodriguez-Roldan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Victoria M. Rodriguez-Roldan

We must end the criminalization of all people who work in the sex trade in order to end this violence. Laws punishing people who engage in sex work serve only to worsen the violence and economic hardships of transgender people already struggling to survive.

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...

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.

Social Media, Zola And The Sex Worker Horror Story

Josephine | Posted 11.02.2015 | Media
Josephine

Every sex worker has a horror story. We get robbed, arrested, beaten, humiliated. I file those events away in memory as "shit happens" because the alternative is too depressing. Maybe that's what Zola was doing: defusing the horror of her experience with humor.