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The Making of Sexual Violence

How does a boy grow up to commit rape? The International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) analyzes data from 5 countries on their perceptions of various types of rape and sexual violence. The article further recommends action in education that should be taken to eliminate sexual violence.

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Decriminalizing Prostitution

Amnesty International does not realize their mistake by decriminalizing prostitution.  Author Mariam Mahmud details countries that have either decriminalized or legalized prostitution, and why Amnesty should learn from their mistakes.

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Men who buy sex have much in common with sexually coercive men, new study shows

The question, “is prostitution a job or is it sexual abuse?” has long been debated. A team of researchers compared men who buy sex to those who don’t buy sex in a study in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Sex buyers saw women in prostitution as intrinsically different from other women and had less empathy […]

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Former President Jimmy Carter Speaks Out On Abolishing Prostitution

In a May 2015 address to an Atlanta Summit on Ending Sexual Exploitation, Former President Jimmy Carter said, “I would like to see each city and state in the United States adopt the Nordic model law.” – Former President Jimmy Carter May 2015 Former President Jimmy Carter and Breaking Free’s Vednita Carter are connected by […]

My 25 years as a Prostitute

Brenda Myers-Powell was just a child when she became a prostitute in the early 1970s. Here she describes how she was pulled into working on the streets and why, three decades later, she devoted her life to making sure other girls don’t fall into the same trap.

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Opinion: Why Spitzer Should Be Prosecuted

The state of New York has comprehensive anti-trafficking laws, prosecuting buyers of prostituted women. Melissa Farley and Norma Ramos outline why New York Governor Eliot Spitzer should be held legally responsible for buying sex.

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Online Prostitution and Trafficking

The use of Internet technologies to traffic women and children to prostitution will be described in this article. This law review summarizes the history of online trafficking and the remarkably effective use of the Internet for advertising prostitution locally, regionally, and internationally beginning with the development of social networking sites, discussion forums, message boards and online chats.

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The Invisible Men project

“The Invisible Men project shows you words used by men to review their experiences with women in prostitution. Without seeking to prove, disprove, or debate choice on the part of the women described, you are invited to consider: what do you think of HIS choice?” Read more about the project: http://invisible-men-canada.tumblr.com/

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Fracking and Trafficking

Resource extraction is usually accompanied by prostitution and trafficking. The ecosystem destruction caused by fracking to access oil and gas is paralleled by the quieter destruction of trafficked women who service the frackers. Sexual Violence has dramatically increased in the Bakken region of Montana and North Dakota since the flood of pipeline workers have moved into the ‘man camps,’ military barracks-style housing.

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Shifting the Burden: Inquiry to Assess the Operation of the Current Legal Settlement on Prostitution in England and Wales

The report on the UK’s burden of guilt for prostitution has the purpose of raising awareness around the impact of the sale of sexual services on those involved and to develop proposals for government action with a focus on tackling demand for the sex trade.

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Sexual Exploitation and Prostitution and its Impact on Gender Equality

The objective of this briefing paper is to provide background information drawn from the international literature on sexual exploitation and prostitution and its impact on gender equality in relation to the report of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee. The study concentrates on the debate on whether prostitution could be voluntary or has rather to be regarded in any case as a violation of women’s human rights. It also presents an overview of the policies on prostitution in the Member States as well as four case studies: Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden.

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Does Legal Prostitution Increase Trafficking?

This paper by three economists investigates the impact of legalized prostitution on human trafficking. The empirical analysis of a cross-section of up to 150 countries shows that on average, countries where prostitution is legal experience increased human trafficking inflows.

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Targeting the Johns in Sex Trade

Reflecting the global shift in thinking about prostitution – it’s no longer seen as a victimless crime, rather, sex buyers are understood now as predators – journalist Nicholas Kristof discusses law enforcement’s focus on sex buyers rather than women in prostitution.

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Prostitution, Liberalism, and Slavery

This article critiques the liberal “prostitution-can-be-fixed-or-improved” perspective of liberals and defends an abolitionist approach that views prostitution as slavery or slavery-like practices.

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Strip Clubs: Where Prostitution and Trafficking Happen

In hundreds of research interviews, sex buyers tell us that they can always find minor girls in strip clubs. A 15-year-old girl who had gone missing from Boston was found at Cheaters, a strip club in Providence, RI. Police arrested her trafficker/pimp. Nonetheless a Cheaters spokesman – probably a pimp – lied: “At Cheaters they […]

Arguments for and against Prostitution Including Arguments for and against the Swedish Prostitution Law

This 58 page booklet, translated from Swedish to English by Kvinnofronten/The Women’s Front, Sweden, 2013, can be downloaded here. Topics include what is prostitution: “buying sex from someone who does not want to have sex,” the necessity of viewing prostitution in context, men’s needs, stigmatization of the victim, prostitution and choice, “sex work,” colonialism, children and […]

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Men Can Act to End Men’s Violence Against Women

(Prostitution is One Form of Violence Against Women) Feminist activist Jackson Katz here focuses on men’s role in ending violence against women. Katz emphasizes the importance of bystander involvement in ending male violence, encouraging men to stand up and speak out against sexist attitudes and behaviors that reinforce the dominance of men over women.

Kudos to Corpus Christi Texas and to Captain Floyd Simpson

Women in Corpus Christi prostitution are offered services, not arrested. The police understand that any woman who is pimp-controlled is a trafficking victim. Congratulations from PRE for this humanitarian and cost-effective approach. One question remains: is Corpus Christi also increasing arrests of sex buyers?

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Online Attacks Against Activists Who Oppose Sexism and Sexual Exploitation

This 10-minute video describes Anita Sarkeesian’s experience with cybermobbing – a massive online hate campaign. She was targeted by large numbers of anonymous online attackers who – describing themselves as game players – tried to get her to stop her campaign to deconstruct sexism in the video game industry by threats, by producing pornography of […]

Legalized Prostitution in Amsterdam “has never worked” says a Survivor

Despite claims that legalization helps women in prostitution, in Amsterdam it has led to increases in organized crime and trafficking and has created an environment in which pimps operate with impunity under the title of “manager” or “facilitator.” Far from empowering or protecting the prostituted women, where prostitution is legalized, the women are forced to […]

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“End Demand” Works, Evidence Shows

Almost everyone in the field is discussing legal approaches toward the related scourges of human trafficking and prostitution. Recognizing that prostitution is a form of sex inequality related to gender-based violence, the Swedish approach criminalizes the purchaser, while decriminalizing the prostituted person, and has dramatically reduced prostitution and human trafficking since 1999. The law has also been adopted in […]

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Ridiculing victims of trafficking

“The daily comics are not known to be bastions of feminist thought but a strip in the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday September 29, 2012 was particularly egregious. I speak of Tundra by Chad Carpenter which had a picture of a bride skeleton coming out of a parcel post box. The caption reads: “Regardless of […]

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Sex industry pimps and allies use “sex rights for the disabled” as Trojan Horse

Prejudice against disabled people exists in many cultures. That includes prejudice against their existence as fully human including their sexuality. Because of this prejudice, it can be difficult for some disabled people – men and women alike – to find sex partners. However, the solution to this problem is not to abuse another group of […]

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City Targets Sex Buyers with Letter Writing Campaign

Part of a comprehensive approach to end human trafficking and prostitution is through the provision of services to women and children being exploited by the industry and to crack down on sex buyers–the johns who create the demand for commercial sex. Without the demand, there is no need for the supply. The Oakland local community […]

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