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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.

Binders Full of Idiots and Miserable Prostitutes

Carine Fabius | Posted 12.23.2012 | Crime
Carine Fabius

Repeat after me, a woman who charges you for sex is not doing it because you're such an enjoyable fat guy (or fit guy, for that matter).

A Prosecutor's Long Game: When the Public's Health Becomes the Greater Good

Kathleen Rice | Posted 12.10.2012 | New York
Kathleen Rice

Under any reasonable analysis, the seismic public health impact of using condoms as evidence of prostitution dwarfs the limited courtroom gain in the isolated number of cases that make it that far.

PHOTOS: The Sex Workers Of New York

NARRATIVE.LY | Posted 10.10.2012 | New York

By Noah Rosenberg “When I got raped,” Jodi S. Doff says plainly, as if talking about a mild bout of stomach flu, “I went to work that afterno...

Why Men Really Pay For Sex

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 09.04.2012 | Money

As it turns out, some men believe they really can buy love. A recent study reviewing the emotions and motivations of sex workers and the clients w...

Online Prostitution Laws Out-of-date With Modern Crime: Experts

AP | RUSSELL CONTRERAS | Posted 08.20.2012 | Crime

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Laws written long before the dawn of the Internet age have authorities across the nation struggling to prosecute online prostitut...

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: Backpage.com 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 Backpage.com 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...