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French Law Bans Buying Prostitutes, Offering Help Instead Of Punishment

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.14.2016 | Impact

France passed one of the toughest laws in Europe against buying sex on Wednesday, but supporters say it’s one of the most progressive for prostitute...

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...

Double Standards and Why It's Never Going Away

Toshia Shaw | Posted 03.17.2016 | Women
Toshia Shaw

Women go on passing (the act of hiding their past) forever, because they don't want the stigma attached to them, and they don't want to be associated with "that" life. It's because society holds a woman's sexual exploits and past history against them.

Human Trafficking and Racial Justice

Juhu Thukral | Posted 01.17.2017 | Impact
Juhu Thukral

Even as there is greater understanding of these issues of coercion, there is still a basic confusion over how to describe trafficking, and how to convey the experiences of victims and survivors.

FBI & Local Police Seize Adult Entertainment Website "The Review Board"

Katherine Koster | Posted 01.06.2017 | 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...

Sex, Drugs, & Incarceration: Why Decriminalizing Sex Work Needs to be Part of the Conversation

Rachel Katz | Posted 01.07.2017 | Crime
Rachel Katz

Laws prohibiting sex work are based on a moral code that doesn't fully consider the implications. If we are going to reform non-violent crimes like drug use and selling that are founded on societal beliefs, we also need to consider other non-violent crimes, regardless of stigma and moral objections.

7 Escorts Share Their First Day of Work Stories

Playboy.com | Posted 12.17.2016 | Weird News
Playboy.com

By Playboy.com Staff This article originally appeared on Playboy.com. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALESSANDRO ISNOTAURELIO / FLICKR Most of our exposure to a...

Singapore Sex Workers Take on "Champions" of Violence With Humor

Katherine Koster | Posted 12.18.2016 | World
Katherine Koster

While most sex worker organizations were taking a solemn approach to December 17th, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, Singapore's...

Stoya Writes Powerful Essay On Why We Need To Listen To Sex Workers

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 12.18.2015 | Women

Porn performer Stoya has written a powerful essay addressing her rape allegations against James Deen. On Nov. 28, a series of tweets she posted accusi...

Asia-Pacific Sex Workers Speak Out About Violence

Katherine Koster | Posted 12.16.2016 | Impact
Katherine Koster

On December 17th, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers [APNSW] released a video series h...

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

Victoria M. Rodriguez-Roldan | Posted 12.17.2016 | 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.

Against the Odds: New Research Shows How Trans Sex Workers Overcome Pervasive Discrimination and Violence

Erin G. Fitzgerald | Posted 12.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Erin G. Fitzgerald

The criminalization and stigmatization of commercial sex worsens the discrimination and marginalization that transgender people already face.

Daniel Holtzclaw, James Deen and War Machine: Sexual Assault Within and Against Marginalized Communities

Katherine Koster | Posted 12.02.2016 | Women
Katherine Koster

Now is a powerful moment of mainstream media attention to sexual assault of victims that often get ignored -- because they're sex workers, because they're promiscuous, because they drank, because they are black, because they are poor, or because they have criminal convictions.

17 Facts About Sexual Violence and Sex Work

Katherine Koster | Posted 12.04.2016 | 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 12.03.2016 | 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.

Is Operation Cross Country the Best Way to Fight Child Sex Trafficking?

Katherine Koster | Posted 10.29.2016 | 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.

The Still Curious Case of Rentboy.com

Cody Lyon | Posted 09.15.2016 | New York
Cody Lyon

In September 2010 and March 2013, Easy Rent Systems Inc. -- Rentboy.com's registered name on public record -- applied to the United States Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services for an H-1B non-immigrant working Visa on behalf of Soto Decker.

Gritty Photo Series Chronicles The Diversity Of Sex Workers In The '70s

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.15.2015 | Arts

Warning: This piece contains nudity and may not be suitable for work. Dixie, Trini, Ta Ta and Mac. These were some of the sex workers working the Los...

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

Katherine Koster | Posted 09.14.2016 | 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.

Protesters Say Raid On Rentboy Escort Site Puts People At Risk

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

NEW YORK -- A crowd gathered outside the federal courthouse in Brooklyn on Thursday to protest last week's government raid on a gay escort website, a ...

Rentboy Raid: the Stonewall for Sex Workers?

Katherine Koster | Posted 08.31.2016 | Queer Voices
Katherine Koster

If this is the "Stonewall" of sex work, let it not be the aftermath of Stonewall where a privileged minority colonizes and benefits off the work of society's "others."

The RentBoy Raid: This Video Will Change The Way You Think About Sex Work

Jake Jaxson | Posted 08.29.2016 | Queer Voices
Jake Jaxson

There has been much speculation over why the raid at RentBoy occurred, considering they have operated openly for the past 20 years. My belief, sadly, is that they were targeted and brought down because of PRIDE. And in the spirt of that pride, today I am releasing part of a film that we had been working on months before the raid of RentBoy.

Je Suis Rentboy.com

Matthew Ebert | Posted 08.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Matthew Ebert

I join Lambda Legal Defense, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and activists like Justin Vivian Bond and Peter Staley who all support Rentboy.com. Mostly, I support the rent boys themselves--I stand with sex worker.

Rentboy: For What It's Worth

Dale Cooper | Posted 08.27.2016 | Queer 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.