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Survivors Say No Full Decriminalization of Prostitution

Survivors Say No Full Decriminalization of Prostitution An open letter from Survivors of Prostitution and Trafficking 350+ survivors, 1,000+ allies support a letter, stating: “As survivors, our voices and lived experiences are essential to these discussions. We are eager to share our perspectives and have a productive dialogue with all Presidential candidates and others running […]

Declaration on Women’s Sex Based Rights

The Women’s Human Rights Campaign has built a global network with the “aim to represent the total breadth of the human female experience across races and boundaries”. The Declaration on Women’s Sex Based Rights was created by the founders of WHRC to lobby nations to maintain language protecting women and girls on the basis of […]

Kadian Noble charges Harvey Weinstein with sex trafficking

An August 2018 U.S. court decision permitted a civil claim of sex trafficking to proceed against Harvey Weinstein. Previously, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) has been used against pimps who have used extreme force against girls and women to coerce them into formal systems of prostitution. A number of rape charges have been filed […]

#MeToo: what prostitution survivors say about the links between prostitution and sexual harassment and rape

The #MeToo groundswell of women’s voices challenging everyday sexual predation by men like Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Woody Allen and some of our employers and friends – this is consciousness-raising and courageous activism. But does this big-as-the-sky sized basket of women’s voices include women in prostitution? Is their “me too” welcomed? Is the […]

Prostitution Robots or Sex Dolls?

A sex buyer in a research study explained that the woman in prostitution is “just a biological object…that charges for services” Sex buyers define women as things. He tells us that the woman in prostitution is not human. But for some dissatisfied sex buyers, women in prostitution are not sufficiently compliant or object-like. David Levy says that what […]

Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Canada, Northern Ireland and now: VIVE LA FRANCE!!!

On April 6, 2016, France passed an abolitionist law against prostitution that criminalizes sex buyers but decriminalizes women in prostitution. A major element of the French law is the provision of support and exit services for those in prostitution. “The most important aspect of this law is to accompany prostitutes, give them identity papers because […]

Prostitution Tells Women What They Can and Can’t Do With Their Own Bodies

Prostitution, as a practice, just is men telling women what they can and can’t do with their bodies. It’s men telling women how to use their bodies, how to move their bodies, how to dress their bodies. What men tell women do with their bodies is the primal guide for how prostitution functions; if we stopped, prostitution couldn’t function. Like all markets, supply responds to demand and the customer is always right. The problem is that the customer wants a fuckable object, not a human being.