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Sex Workers

Helping Women Off the Streets Get Back on Track

Shaaron Funderburk | Posted 12.11.2014 | Impact
Shaaron Funderburk

How many of you know of a woman who woke up one day and decided that they wanted to be a drug addict, alcoholic or prostitute? My guess? None of you!

Human Rights and the Fight Against Trafficking

Juhu Thukral | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Juhu Thukral

Trafficking in persons clearly involves human rights concerns, based on the coercion, threats, or violence victims and survivors face. But the ways we as a community respond to human trafficking also involve very important human rights issues.

Smarter U.S. Prostitution Laws Would Help AIDS Fight

Noël Busch-Armendariz | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Noël Busch-Armendariz

Health care providers, human rights advocates, social workers and politicians should join forces with sex worker rights groups to create legislation and a movement to repeal laws that criminalize people engaged in sex work.

Gloria Steinem vs. Prostitution in India

American Anthropological Association | Posted 11.28.2014 | World
American Anthropological Association

The NYT series gives a glimpse of how the anti-trafficking message is being put together, with creative uses of both the age-old idea of Indian women being fundamentally oppressed, as well as a newer idea that there is a feminist movement there positioned to resolve sexism, in part by abolishing prostitution.

The Hidden HIV Harms of Indonesia's Brothel Crackdowns

Kyle Knight | Posted 11.02.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

In 2013 Surabaya's firebrand mayor closed two of the city's six red light districts. But while she is running the campaign in the name of public morality, research shows closing brothels puts sex workers at increased risk, and HIV interventions must adjust.

Highways, HIV And Health Care In Uganda

Savannah Russo | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Savannah Russo

The inconvenient truth is that highways that carry the materials and goods we all depend on also transport the high impact diseases that are decimating African communities and economies.

Is Sex Work Empowering Or Enslaving?

Ravishly | Posted 12.18.2014 | Women
Ravishly

Women working in the sex work industry -- be it pornography, stripping or prostitution -- sit in the cross-hairs of an enduring controversy, surfacing questions surrounding everything from sexuality and health to economics and morality. Is female sex work empowering, enslaving... or a lot more complicated than either?

An Insider's Look At The Queer Sex Worker Industry

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.18.2014 | Gay Voices

Why do individuals make the decision to engage in sex work? There are a million answers to this question, and we don't see authentic portrayals of ...

Surviving Dangerous Work Through 'Soul Space'

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

What if, every day that you are at work, you face serious injury or death? Such work has many challenges, but often unexamined are the spiritual crises that dangerous work entails. It doesn't just threaten the body; it also threatens the soul.

Carly Schwartz

California Quietly Adopts Landmark Condom Law To Protect Sex Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Carly Schwartz | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics

Last week, without fanfare or media attention, California became the first state in the nation to adopt a law aiming to protect sex workers from being...

Carly Schwartz

California Quietly Adopts Landmark Condom Law To Protect Sex Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Carly Schwartz | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics

Last week, without fanfare or media attention, California became the first state in the nation to adopt a law aiming to protect sex workers from being...

A Look At The Male Sex Worker Throughout History

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.07.2014 | Gay Voices

A compelling new book this week that examines the practice of sex work by men from both a modern day and a historical perspective hit the shelves. ...

Drive-In Brothels Could Reshape Standards For Sex Worker Safety

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 08.26.2014 | Women

It's been a year since Zurich, Switzerland, installed drive-in "sex-boxes" to improve safety for sex workers, and now authorities are hailing the prog...

6 Myths About Sex Workers Busted

www.upworthy.com | Posted 08.06.2014 | Business

Sex work is not a real job? False....

Can Sex Work Make More Sense Than Working At Walmart? Hell, Yes

Lara Michelle | Posted 09.28.2014 | Women
Lara Michelle

I understand that there are women who are indeed coerced into sex work, who are abused by pimps, mistreated by johns, raped and bullied by men on the streets. But that simply was not my story. I made a conscious decision to enter the sex industry. When I wanted to quit, I did. So yes, for me, a job in the sex industry certainly made more sense than a job at Walmart.

Sex Website Seizure Spurs City's Bid To Decriminalize Prostitution

Reuters | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics

By Mary Papenfuss SAN FRANCISCO, July 29 (Reuters) - The head of San Francisco's Erotic Service Providers Union has been a sex worker ...

A Second Chance to Do It Right

Marshall Stowell | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Marshall Stowell

No doubt the topic of conversation at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, will be "key populations." In other words, how do we reach those at greatest risk for infection -- men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs and sex workers.

Why I Support Canada's Proposed Prostitution Laws

Georgialee Lang | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Georgialee Lang

The view that prostitution subordinates and victimizes women and girls is not particularly popular, but I have seen it first-hand when I lived on Granville Street in the early 1970's and in Vancouver's west end in the 80's. The image of a "happy hooker" is a Madison Avenue gimmick that has no basis in reality. When my husband, Doug, ran the Vancouver Vice Squad, I saw again the squalor and exploitation of young, addicted woman, both tragic and poignant.

Duke Porn Star Donates Her Panties For A Good Cause

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.09.2014 | College

Two American porn stars are helping a Canadian sex workers' advocacy group raise money by selling off some adult-themed prizes, including sex toys and...

The Part Of Maya Angelou's Past You May Not Have Known About

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.04.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

After literary legend Maya Angelou passed away on May 28, she was extolled for her contribution to the world through works like "I Know Why The Caged ...

PEN Ten with Molly Crabapple

PEN American Center | Posted 07.13.2014 | Arts
PEN American Center

I don't live in a context where to make art is that daring. I'm not Ai Weiwei or Laura Poitras. I was scared to write about my own abortion, a fear that turned out not to be justified, and I was scared to write about Guantanamo because it felt too big and grave.

What It's Really Like to Be a Phone Sex Operator

Ella Jameson | Posted 07.06.2014 | Women
Ella Jameson

Marie is part of the "college girls" category, but this is as far as the truth stretches; the picture beside her sex chat persona is a voluptuous, sultry brunette. The reality is a petite and softly-spoken blonde who seems as far removed from an insatiable, risque vixen as you can get.

Antonia Crane Talks About Sex Work, Slut-Shaming, Biting Matthew McConaughey and Her New Book: Spent

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.05.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

I met Antonia Crane when I was putting together an anthology I did about sex work & sex workers. From our first correspondence it was clear she was sm...

Bill Would Prohibit Condoms Being Used As Proof Of Prostitution

AP | DAVID KLEPPER | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York City spends more than a million dollars every year to distribute free condoms to combat unintended pregnancies and dise...

Hawaii Lawmakers Agree To End Police Sex Loophole

AP | By SAM EIFLING | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers in both chambers agree that legal permission for police to have sex with prostitutes should end. Hou...