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Housing in exchange for sex acts is Prostitution

“I think these ads are appearing on Craigslist as a way for men to use their power, their access to housing, as a way to exploit women’s economic desperation,” Grey said. “We’re in a housing crisis, women are in poverty.”

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No Amnesty for Women

In August 2015, Amnesty International voted to support pimps and sex buyers rather than people in prostitution – 90% of whom are not “voluntary sex workers” but people who ended up in prostitution as a last-ditch survival alternative and who urgently want to escape it. Please support groups that provide for and advocate for what […]

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Mr. Obama, Tear Down This Liability Shield

Online trolls have launched another barrage of attacks in the strange, petty little war over “ethics in journalism” we call GamerGate. Perennial troll targets Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn caused the latest escalation by testifying to the UN about the toxic effects of online harassment and the need for something to be done about it. As a result, […]

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CMU Grad Builds Cybersleuthing Tool to Snare Sex Traffickers

Emily Kennedy, founder of software startup “Marinus Analytics,” has developed a new software product entitled “Traffic Jam.”  Traffic Jam mines the “deep Web” for information on sex trafficking rings.  The software has uncovered information that has saved 100+ victims of sex trafficking.  The article details its process.

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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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