Murphy’s critique of the way that sex buyers are defended by some sex industry advocates is truly instructive. The testimony came in the course of debate on Canada’s prostitution laws July 2014. Cherry Smiley, First Nations leader of protests against Canadian laws protecting pimps and johns. Photo credit Krystle Alarcon at Vancouver Observer 2013.
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Norwegian law effective in reducing demand for prostitution and reducing trafficking.
Elliot Rodger wrote that he was motivated to kill because of his anger that women were not available to him for sex. This attitude is pervasive in pornography, in rape cultures, among men who buy women in prostitution, and is paradigmatic of misogynists’ attitudes toward women. Watch Laci Greens’s video. Kudoes to Arthur Chu who […]
Taina Bien-Aime, CATW, Huffington Post June 2, 2014 For those of us who know and have worked with Somaly Mam throughout the years, the Newsweek cover story about her alleged fabrications shocked and saddened us. If the accusations are true, we don’t know why Somaly, who commanded love and affection, would have stretched the truth so far. Some have […]
After reviewing approaches to prostitution, Jimmy Carter concluded that ” the most important policy change will be to increase penalties for pimps and consumers and to decriminalize victims and survivors.” Carter’s letter to Amnesty International What’s up with Amnesty International, a once-reputable human rights organization? While the European Union is moving in the direction […]
“There’s a lot of people that go through tremendous pain, and just because you’re not chained up and you’re not locked in the basement doesn’t mean you ain’t trapped. I know exactly what it feels like to be trapped in your own mind, in your emotional mind and told “‘You can’t do anything about it, […]
NY is about to pass a law decriminalizing trafficked girls rather than arresting them. All states now need to stop arresting any woman in prostitution – she is the victim rather than a criminal. More about NY Law.
The vote passed Feb 26, 2014 with a large majority of 343 to 139. Mary Honeyball, the Labour MEP for London who put forward the resolution, said it would target “men who treat women’s bodies as a commodity without criminalising women who are driven into sex work”. Read a letter of support for Honeyball’s resolution signed by […]
Making Waves, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, February 22, 2014.
On November 29, 2013, French MPs voted in support of a version of the Swedish law on prostitution that criminalizes the purchase of sex with a fine of €1500 ($2040 US). The fine is doubled for a second offense. The French Parliament also repealed criminalization of people selling sex, and proposed setting aside €20 million for programs […]
In Germany, where prostitution and brothels are legal, 90 celebrities (from both the right and the left wing) recently signed a petition asking to change the 2002 law, which defines prostitution as a business like any other. The law is being highly criticized for increasing sex-trafficking in Germany, and failing to improve the lives of […]
A woman inside this Nevada legal brothel said, “No one really enjoys getting sold. It’s like you sign a contract to be raped.” Evidence suggests that all prostitution, regardless of its legal status, is harmful to women. Therefore, it makes no sense to support an institution from which the violence and abuse can’t be eliminated. […]
France is considering criminalizing sex buyers, while decriminalizing women in prostitution, as Sweden does now. The proposed law also provides support for the rehabilitation of survivors of prostitution, and includes the prosecution of pimps including website hosts. According to a recent poll, 73% of French voters think that the most effective way to prevent prostitution […]
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 […]
Cruel U.S. budget cuts (sequester) will result in increased homelessness, devastating lack of educational opportunities and jobs, and increased prostitution of Native American young women. Byron Dorgan’s eloquent appeal for holding “a series of investigative hearings on our unfulfilled treaties with American Indians. Add up the broken promises, make an accounting of the underfunding, all […]
“I was a good pimp” says James Lipton. Read more here. Don’t buy into racist stereotypes about pimps. There is a class and race hierarchy among pimps just as there is a class and race hierarchy among prostituted women. Poor men of color are at the bottom of the hierarchy. Richer white men are at the top. Are […]
Copyright © 2013. Angelos Tzortzinis. All Rights Reserved “A prostitute who bears scars on her arm from the time she tried to kill herself in jail sat in her hotel room. Greece’s strict austerity measures mean that programs for health care, treatment, and social assistance have been curbed sharply.” In the United States, women are […]
Today, the cultural sexualization of girls increasingly overlaps with and merges into prostitution. The most visible example of sexual objectification today is Beyonce Knowles. “Variations of Beyonce’s (most recent) body suit can be found in brothels, strip clubs, and red light districts across the world – where sex is for sale and it happens to […]
A judge ordered two Oakland, California motels to close for a year and to pay hefty fines after being sued by the city for decades of assaults by pimps and johns against women and girls involving fists, lighters and whips, five reported rapes, pimping and pandering and human trafficking. The judge’s decision is a powerful […]
Just as the argument that the regulation of prostitution makes it safer for women is patently misleading, the argument that Backpage.com should keep its “adult services” section in order to partner with law enforcement is a thinly veiled excuse for continuing to reap huge profits from prostitution and human trafficking. The regulation of prostitution allows […]