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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...

Phone Sex Moms: In Tough Economic Times, More Mothers Turn To Sex Work

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 12.22.2011 | Parents

From baby talk ... to dirty talk? Although it might not seem like an obvious career choice, an increasing number of young moms are turning to the phon...

Confronting Police Abuse of Sex Workers

Chi Mgbako | Posted 02.14.2012 | Crime
Chi Mgbako

Despite its entrenched global reality, one area that receives scant public attention is police abuse of sex workers.

Making Sex Workers Visible in the Village Voice Ad Controversy

Michelle Chen | Posted 01.18.2012 | Media
Michelle Chen

The perspectives of sex workers are sidelined in the public discourse on sex ads. Of the many politically savvy voices that fill the debate, few belong to the human beings on whose bodies this culture war is being waged.

The Scholar and the Stripper

Kalia N. Baker | Posted 12.07.2011 | Black Voices
Kalia N. Baker

Looking around the long cherry wood rectangular tables, I waited anxiously to raise my hand. This particular day in our "Women in Literature" course l...

'Someone You Know Is A Sex Worker': SF Sex Workers Speak Out

Robin Wilkey | Posted 12.07.2011 | San Francisco

"Sex workers go to work, come home, take care of their children -- just like everybody else," reads the poster on Muni. Below the quote is a portrait ...

PHOTOS: Sex Workers Rally To Protest Stricter Laws

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.22.2011 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — Hundreds of South Korean sex workers have rallied to call for the abolishment of laws that toughened the punishment for prostit...

German Prostitutes Now Being Taxed On A Per-Night Basis

SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG/Worldcrunch | Posted 10.30.2011 | World

is a new website that delivers English editions of the best foreign-language news and journalism. BONN - Before going on shift in the limited publ...

House GOP Revives Global War on Women's Health With "Gag Rule"

Michelle Chen | Posted 10.07.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

While Congress was playing fiscal roulette last month, House Republicans quietly advanced their attack on reproductive choice, too.

Is Sex Work Becoming 'No Big Deal'?

Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright | Posted 09.26.2011 | Women
Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright

Think "sex worker," and "affluent," "educated," and having a "strong family background" and "access to resources" are not the descriptors that come to mind.

Does Buying Sex Make You a Criminal?

Tom Matlack | Posted 09.24.2011 | Home
Tom Matlack

This is certainly an important question and one that bears directly on the impact of the accelerating sex trade. But 202 subjects recruited in the local paper by an activist with an ax to grind doesn't seem to be good science.

Brazilian Minister Calls For Amazon Sex Tour Investigation

AP | JULIANA BARBASSA | Posted 09.10.2011 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil is investigating allegations that an American fishing tour operator was using expeditions in the Amazon to cover up the ...

Pimp Turned Politician: Thai Ex-Brothel Owner Seeks Parliament Seat

AP | TODD PITMAN | Posted 08.28.2011 | World

BANGKOK — As the super-pimp who once ran Thailand's biggest brothel empire and then exposed the police kickbacks he had to pay for it to flouris...

Behind the Sex Worker

Anna Dirksen | Posted 08.10.2011 | Impact
Anna Dirksen

Thandar Oo, 33, has entirely changed the landscape for HIV-positive sex workers in Myanmar and has said numerous times that she will continue to help these women until the day she dies.

Before Olympics, Rio Battles Prostitution

AP | By JULIANA BARBASSA | Posted 08.01.2011 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Cris touches up her lipstick in the bar's dingy mirror, getting ready to work the rush hour in Vila Mimosa, Rio's bustling working-c...