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Nobody Left Behind

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Michel D. Kazatchkine

As the Millennium Development Goals come to fruition in 2015 we are being faced with a terrible and daunting reality: that these key affected populations of HIV/AIDS are in fact being left behind.

ReThink Review: Afternoon Delight -- The Women of Summer

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.30.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

This summer has felt like a particularly strong one for women in independent film. Now, Kathryn Hahn makes a wonderful (mostly) dramatic turn in Afternoon Delight, a film about a woman who attempts to bring meaning to her life by letting a stripper move in with her family.

Why Some Straight Men Are Romantically or Sexually Attracted to Other Men

Joe Kort, Ph.D. | Posted 09.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Kort, Ph.D.

Many men who have sex with men aren't gay or even bisexual. Although their mental and emotional state resembles that of the initial stages of coming out, gay and bisexual men go on to develop a gay or a bisexual identity, whereas these men don't.

What India's Sex Workers Want: Power, Not Rescue

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.20.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

Anu Mokal wasn't breaking the law when she was out walking with her friend last year, yet to the police, her very existence was criminal. As a sex wo...

The Red Light District

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 09.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

When I went to Thailand to visit my best friend Leah, it was very important to me that we stop in Bangkok to see the Red Light District. Like many naïve young women, I found the sex industry wildly compelling. At 22 sex was rewarding and certain, while the rest of my life felt absurd.

USAID v. AOSI: A Victory for Sex Workers and Feminist Allies

Aziza Ahmed | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Aziza Ahmed

The U.S. Supreme Court case Agency for International Development v. Alliance for the Open Society Institute International is a landmark case for individuals working on alleviating the impact of the HIV epidemic throughout the world.

Beyond the Anti-Prostitution Pledge: The Public Health Buck Does Not Stop Here

Leo Beletsky | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Leo Beletsky

The Court's decision to strike down the pledge provision should not come as a surprise. In fact, the Justice Department had initially recommended limiting the pledge requirement to foreign entities because they understood the provision to be vulnerable to First Amendment challenges from US-based organizations.

David Moye

Brothel Owner Blasts LinkedIn's Prostitute Ban

HuffingtonPost.com | David Moye | Posted 05.15.2013 | Weird News

LinkedIn's decision to prevent prostitutes from using the site to market themselves has one legal brothel owner feeling, well, screwed. The busines...

Awareness: The First Step to Ending Women's Marginalization

Lauren Bates | Posted 07.03.2013 | Impact
Lauren Bates

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgFor six months I traveled through Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia and Nepal. I was curious about what it was like to be a woman in all of these places. I began to realize how deeply rooted these gender issues are.

This Website Allows You To Rate What?

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.02.2013 | Women

Ever wished you could find some user reviews of local escorts, just to make sure you don't end up with a dud on date night? We're guessing not, but...

Technology to Fight Modern Slavery

Bradley Myles | Posted 07.02.2013 | Impact
Bradley Myles

Human trafficking and slavery is in all of our backyards. It exists in nearly every country on earth and is a $32 billion industry. Technology can also be a powerful force to stop traffickers and help victims of this abuse find help. But there is still more we can do.

Rethinking Policing in the Age of AIDS

Aleksandr Zelichenko | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Aleksandr Zelichenko

Good drug policy is good AIDS policy. Drug users and sex workers benefit more from services than from beatings and prison. And as law enforcement officials committed to protecting the public, we can support public health.

The Right to Fight AIDS

Serra Sippel | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Serra Sippel

Today, we need more open discussion and debate about public health, not less. Current law stands in the way of the discussion and independent thinking necessary to find an end to the HIV epidemic.

Square Is Being Used To Pay For Sex In Silicon Valley

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 04.16.2013 | Technology

When you live in a place like Silicon Valley, you have to stay up-to-date with the latest technological innovations, no matter your profession. The se...

County Officials Call For End To Felony Prostitution Arrests

Posted 03.23.2013 | Chicago

Story by Emily Morris, courtesy DNAinfo.com Chicago: CHICAGO — As Cook County Jail fills with inmates waiting to be charged, tried or sent to pri...

Can't Buy Me Love

Nina Burleigh | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Nina Burleigh

This week, while we pick through our Valentine's Day chocolates looking for the good ones and watch our roses wilt, let's think about buying love. Not with chocolates, lingerie or jewelry, but with cash or credit card.

What to Get a Survivor on Valentine's Day

Asia Graves | Posted 04.16.2013 | Impact
Asia Graves

This year, the organization I work for, FAIR Girls, is having a Valentine's Day party in celebration of girls avoiding and escaping trafficking. On this day of love, our girls will celebrate the fact that we have found love within ourselves and for each other.

WATCH: Lisa Ling Visits Underage Sex Worker One Year After Rescue

OWN | Posted 02.12.2013 | OWN

Ashley can't sleep in the dark. But it's not a horror movie she once saw that keeps her awake at night; instead, she is haunted by the horrific life s...

Human Trafficking and Prostitution: Here's a Better Way to Confront Them

Steven Kurlander | Posted 03.24.2013 | Crime
Steven Kurlander

When it comes to the sex trade, there always will be occasional, much publicized sweeps of prostitutes and johns in some seedy section of a city. There always will be some righteous state legislators, too, introducing virtuous bills targeting some aspect of this socially unacceptable behavior.

Aid Groups Fight Anti-Prostitution 'Oath' on Free Speech Grounds

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.22.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

For the global fight against HIV/AIDS, the struggle continues to keep Washington's sexual politics from blocking any health workers' mission to uphold the only pledge that matters: their commitment to healing their communities.

A Brothel To Serve Persons With Disabilities?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.07.2013 | World

A brothel that would only provide services to clients with disabilities is set to open in 2014, the Sun reports. The two-room "Para Doxies" in Mil...

December 17th: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 02.12.2013 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

How is it that as a society, we have grown so accustomed and seemingly desensitized to atrocities happening to sex workers? Sex workers are raped, robbed or murdered and most of the community looks the other way.

Transgender Sex Workers Face Abuse In Ivory Coast

AP | ROBBIE COREY-BOULET | Posted 02.09.2013 | Gay Voices

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- It seemed like a case of simple blackmail. Late one night last month, two cars carrying around 10 soldiers pulled up to a grou...

Policing Gender, Arresting Sex

Darby Hickey | Posted 01.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Darby Hickey

A new investigative piece in The Chicago Reporter illustrates what community groups and academics have long observed, that anti-prostitution laws cause tremendous harm to people engaged in the sex trade, especially those who are LGBT.

Vote Yes on Prop. 35 to Fight Human Trafficking in California

Sen. Barbara Boxer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sen. Barbara Boxer

Law enforcement, human trafficking survivors, advocates, and prosecutors have all come together to put Proposition 35 on the ballot. We are fighting for the women and girls who are born, raised, and trafficked in our neighborhoods and communities. This is nothing short of modern-day slavery.