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Review: Erin Markey, Boner Killer

Guy Fletcher | Posted 01.20.2017 | Arts
Guy Fletcher

Joan Osborne performed at Joe's Pub Friday night, right before Erin Markey, who finally proved her 90's hit accurate: God is one of us and it's her. I...

The Women's March On Washington Needs To Better Embrace Sex Workers

Angie Rowntree | Posted 01.20.2017 | Women
Angie Rowntree

When I founded Sssh in 1999, “porn for women” was virtually non-existent. There certainly was adult content and erotica that women enjoyed, but th...

Young Foreign Girls in Delhi's Biggest Red Light District

AsiaToday | Posted 12.18.2016 | Home

[The G.B Road is the biggest red light district in Delhi housing nearly 3,500 female sex workers./ Photographed by Jeong In-seo] By Jeong In-seo, Ne...

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.

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...

Murder In The Bayou

Seth Ferranti | Posted 09.27.2016 | Home
Seth Ferranti

Ethan Brown's explosive new book, Murder in the Bayou, looks at the murdered women known as the Jeff Davis 8 in a Louisiana parish.

The Only Worker Prop 60 Helps is Michael Weinstein

Casey Calvert | Posted 09.26.2016 | Los Angeles
Casey Calvert

I shot my first adult scene on November 5th, 2012. On November 6th, Measure B, the Los Angeles Porn Actors Required to Wear Condoms Act, passed. Since then, we - not just adult performers, but the business as a whole and those who support us - have been fighting back.

Stigma Is Still One Of Biggest Obstacles To Ending AIDS: Experts

Reuters | Sarah Grossman | Posted 08.18.2016 | Impact

DURBAN, South Africa (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tania has to shout to be heard over music blasting out of a brothel in downtown Durban, South Afri...

Baltimore Is Not Only The Place Where Police Treat Sex Workers Badly

Alison Bass | Posted 08.12.2016 | Crime
Alison Bass

It's heartening to see that in its highly critical report on Baltimore's police department, the U.S. Department of Justice excoriated the police for ignoring sexual assault complaints by minority women, including sex workers and transgender women.

HIV Is At The Crossroads

Ace Robinson | Posted 07.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Ace Robinson

The incoming President of the International AIDS Society, Dr. Linda-Gail Bekker has challenged the world. She has repeatedly stated: "It's not over till it's over. Let's urgently roll up our sleeves and get back to work. There is so much work to do!"

HIV Is At The Crossroads

Ace Robinson | Posted 07.18.2016 | Queer Voices
Ace Robinson

Currently, we are at the lowest level of donor funding for HIV care since 2010. Thirteen of the top fourteen donors have reduced support in the battle against HIV in the past year.

Best Intentions, Worst Outcomes: Ethical And Legal Challenges For International Research Involving Sex Workers

Ethics & Society | Posted 06.21.2016 | Impact
Ethics & Society

Central America hosts a thriving sex work industry that is a key source and transit region for sex trafficking and undocumented migrants engaged in sex work. Sex workers -- particularly those who are migrant -- are at high risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections as well as physical abuse and in some cases murder.

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...

What Life is Like as a High Priced Escort

Quora | Posted 06.09.2016 | Women

What is life like being a high priced escort? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by ...

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.

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...

Is the New York Times Endorsing Legalization of Prostitution?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 05.16.2016 | Home
Taina Bien-Aime

Our culture's current lack of understanding of women as full human beings must evolve into a conviction that indivisible rights include freedom from unfettered male sexual access, from female genital mutilation to child marriage; from reproductive health to sexual violence; from sexual harassment to prostitution. Achieving equality depends on it.

A Heartbreaking Look At The Struggle Of Cambodia's LGBT Sex Worker Community

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.04.2016 | Queer Voices

A eye-opening documentary short takes a look at the harsh reality for Cambodia's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The film, "...

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 ...

Everything You Think You Know About Child Sex Trafficking is Wrong ... Alexandra Lutnick Tells You Why

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.26.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

I first met Alexandra Lutnick a couple of years ago in the strange little world of sex worker activist/academics. Trust me, it is a very strange littl...

Love Far Stronger: A Mother's Courage

Joel Peterson | Posted 04.22.2016 | Impact
Joel Peterson

As Mother's Day approaches, I wanted to share a unique perspective that may shed a different light than usual on what it may mean to be a mother, on what it means to truly love beyond self, and how the duties inherent in motherhood can demand the most exquisite sacrifice.

Why LGBT and Sex Worker Rights Go Hand-In-Hand

Stephanie Farnsworth | Posted 04.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Farnsworth

The heart of the demand for LGBT rights is the idea that all people should be granted autonomy over their lives and bodies. The very same idea is at the core of the fight for sex workers. In terms of ideology, the two movements are not so far apart.