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I Became A Dominatrix At 55

Sandra LaMorgese Ph.D. | Posted 02.05.2017 | Women
Sandra LaMorgese Ph.D.

Five years ago, my life felt like a disaster. I was a holistic practitioner, but I lost my award-winning wellness practice in the wake of the Great Re...

Janet Mock: Sex Workers' Rights Must Be Part Of The Women's March

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 01.18.2017 | Women

Janet Mock wrote a poignant essay explaining why it’s integral that sex workers’ rights be included in the values that anchor the Women’s March ...

Backpage.com Shutters Adult Section, Cites Censorship Pressure

Los Angeles Times | James Nichols | Posted 01.10.2017 | Queer Voices

Backpage.com, one of the world’s largest classified ad websites and a frequent target in the political battle against sex trafficking, closed its ad...

Israel, where prostitution is legal, debates criminalising the men who pay for sex

The Conversation Global | Posted 10.30.2016 | Women
The Conversation Global

There are around 12,000 sex workers in Israel. www.shutterstock.com Shulamit Almog, University of Haifa How should the selling of sex be treated? Wh...

ACLU Joins Historic Case Against Anti-Prostitution Laws

Alison Bass | Posted 10.14.2016 | Politics
Alison Bass

A lawsuit challenging California's laws against prostitution just got a much-needed boost.

Pimps Are Not The Root Problem Of Sex Work

Emily Ann Coombes | Posted 10.28.2016 | Women
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Emily Ann Coombes

Last week, vice and anti-trafficking advocates rejoiced when Backpage.com, whose ads they have been targeting for years, was raided and its CEO arrest...

Sex Workers Explain the Struggles Of Running An Illegal Business

VICE | James Nichols | Posted 10.09.2016 | Queer Voices

When Dane* gets into a car with a client, the first thing he does is ask the guy to pull out his dick. It’s a measure he developed after nearly gett...

Calls To Decriminalize Sex Work Are Growing Louder In South Africa

Women & Girls Hub | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 10.07.2016 | World

As South Africa’s government debates whether or not to decriminalize prostitution, advocacy groups say the current strict legislation denies women a...

New Website Wants To Make The World A Better Place For Male Sex Workers

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.26.2016 | Queer Voices

Male sex workers just got a brand new resource to help them navigate a industry that can be filled with unorthodox challenges and difficulties. The si...

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

Prof. Cas Mudde | Posted 04.09.2017 | World
Prof. 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 04.04.2017 | 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 03.31.2017 | 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...