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Sex Workers

What Anti-Trafficking Advocates Can Learn From Sex Workers

danah boyd | Posted 10.16.2012 | Gay Voices
danah boyd

Far too often, the exploitation that is occurring is a result of social and structural conditions that we've created as a society. Collapsing choice, circumstance, and coercion into one category of sex work or trafficking erodes the nuances that explain people's engagement with sex for money.

There Are No 'Perfect Victims'

Chi Mgbako | Posted 10.14.2012 | Impact
Chi Mgbako

When many people think of typical victims of human rights abuse, they often conjure up stereotypical images of passive and powerless people.

Cops Vs. Condoms

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 10.06.2012 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Human Rights Watch found incidents of condom-related harassment of suspected sex workers by police in six of D.C.'s seven police districts. Several women, including transgender sex workers, say they were stopped and searched by police, who accused them of prostitution upon finding condoms.

Porn Stars vs. Olympic Athletes: Who's Really Winning the Gold?

Jincey Lumpkin | Posted 10.03.2012 | Gay Voices
Jincey Lumpkin

Aren't Olympic athletes selling their bodies to sponsors? Why do we perceive that porn stars and prostitutes are debasing themselves by using their bodies to make money?

Who Is a 'Criminal?' Exclusion of Vulnerable Groups From International AIDS Conference Nothing to Celebrate

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 10.01.2012 | Crime
Marianne Mollmann

Our concept of what is criminal is relative and fluid at best.

Sex Workers Unite After Getting Banned From D.C. AIDS Conference

Posted 07.30.2012 | Impact

Though sex workers weren't even permitted to participate, they managed to take a stand at the International AIDS Conference. World leaders, politi...

Police Confiscation of Condoms From Sex Workers Compromises Public Health and Fuels HIV/AIDS

Chi Mgbako | Posted 09.19.2012 | Impact
Chi Mgbako

As states distribute free condoms to promote public health while arresting those suspected of engaging in sex work for possessing them, they waste resources and muddle public messaging about the necessity of practicing safe sex.

"Wise-Up" Program Helps Former Ethiopian Sex Workers Find New Vocations

David J. Olson | Posted 08.13.2012 | Impact
David J. Olson

Three years ago, Munayie, 25, made her living as a commercial sex worker. She wanted to do something else but sex work was the only thing she knew that brought in the money she needed to provide for herself and her 8-year-old son.

Sex Workers in Greece Face Forced HIV Testing, While Those in Malawi Fight Back

Chi Mgbako | Posted 08.11.2012 | Impact
Chi Mgbako

Discriminatory state action like the forced HIV testing of sex workers drives further underground some of the people most in need of public health services that facilitate HIV prevention. It also alienates groups, like sex workers, who make fantastic peer educators on HIV.

Why the Women's Rights Movement Must Listen to Sex Workers

Chi Mgbako | Posted 08.01.2012 | Impact
Chi Mgbako

The characterization of sex workers fighting for their human rights as "prostituted women" engaged in futile attempts to "organize the enslaved" is perplexing.

The Girlfriend Experience

Kitty Stryker | Posted 07.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Kitty Stryker

I wrote a post last week about the reality of being a sex worker in a relationship, explaining that it's sometimes good, sometimes hard, often complicated. Well, I have intimate experience with one of the greatest media-fed taboos in sex-worker romances: I fell in love with a client once.

SEX TRAFFICKING: Used For Backdoor Deals

AP | RYAN J. FOLEY | Posted 07.24.2012 | Crime

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A nationwide sex trafficking ring run by a violent pimp and his associates used to solicit customers for prostitu...

What It's Like To Be A Sex Worker In Love

Kitty Stryker | Posted 07.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Kitty Stryker

The media says that if you are a person in the sex industry, even one who consensually entered sex work, you will always have to make a choice between love and work. Sex workers, you see, cannot afford to love. I say that's crap.

The Sex Workers' Petition

Brian LaSorsa | Posted 04.21.2012 | Comedy
Brian LaSorsa

[The following is a slightly satirical yet deadly serious prediction of what I assume will come of the future sex industry, based on Frédéric Bastia...

Poll Position: Should Prostituion Be Legal? Vote Now!

Posted 04.13.2012 | Gay Voices

It's Friday, and you know what the means -- a new Poll Position and another chance to sound off on a controversial topic facing the LGBT community. ...

Confessions of Callgirls, Dishing the Dirt on Prostitution

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 06.11.2012 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

It's ironic that in a society where everybody is looking for a hand out these women are simply fighting for the chance to work. Sex workers are everywhere, folks. There is a reason that prostitution is the oldest profession in the world.

Some People Enjoy Being Prostitutes... Get Over It

Kitty Stryker | Posted 06.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Kitty Stryker

I am sick and tired of having to explain that, yeah, I do all that and I support women's rights. Yeah, I do feel empowered. I put on my lipstick not as an expression of femininity but as a queer femme. Don't take that agency away from me.

A Girl's Prayer

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact
Malika Saada Saar

In many ways I have protected all of my children from the human rights work that I do, especially the anti-trafficking efforts. I have tried to insulate them from the violence that is part of my every day reality.

Working URLs: Sex Workers And The Wild Wild Web

Kitty Stryker | Posted 06.03.2012 | Women
Kitty Stryker

As a sex worker myself, having worked both in real-life situations and online pornography, I have found the web to be incredibly conducive to setting up a business that I control.

'Bar Code Pimps' Tattood Sex Trafficking Victims

Posted 10.11.2012 | World

Spanish police have arrested 22 alleged pimps in connection with a prostitution ring in Madrid -- and some even allegedly tattooed women they forced i...

The Cyber Generation's Addiction to Detachment

Bethany St. James | Posted 05.22.2012 | Home
Bethany St. James

When we speak of educating people about sex, shouldn't we also take into consideration the importance of connecting with people outside the online realm?

Women Can Earn More Than Men -- But Only In Porn

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

This month, one of Belgium's women's rights organizations, zij-kant, caused quite a stir with their annual "Equal Pay Day" message.

Ugandan Youth Work to Address Issues In Kampala's Most Notorious Slum

Heather Box | Posted 04.15.2012 | Good News
Heather Box

"I want people of the world to know that people like me come from Bwaise. I know you know about the floods, about the poverty, about the sex work. But I want you to know that there are also inspired, committed young people!"

Faux Cop Fools Prostitutes Into Sex

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 02.03.2012 | Crime

Cops are on a manhunt for a con artist in Toronto who they say has been posing as an undercover cop and demanding sex from prostitutes in exchange for...

Former Teacher Poses Nude For 'Penthouse'

Posted 12.22.2011 | Education

After being forced to leave her teaching job due to her former life as a sex worker, Melissa Petro has embraced the media's portrayal of her in a spre...