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Sex buyers are unregistered sex predators

A defensive sex buyer wrote this and TIME ran it. Where are survivors’ voices in response to sex buyers’ and pimps’ promotion of the business of sexual exploitation? Below are some women’s opinions about prostitution – How about publishing survivors’ words, TIME?   Rachel Moran  Jacqueline Lynne Charlotte Alter

Meghan Murphy on Sex Buyer Apologist Chris Atchison

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.

The Somaly Mam Story: What We Still Know About Sex Trafficking

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 […]

“It’s inconceivable to me that Amnesty International or any other organization that respects human rights would endorse slave masters who buy young girls and put them into involuntary servitude to be sex slaves,” said Jimmy Carter.

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 […]

Captivity is mental

“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, […]

The European parliament has voted in favour of new prostitution laws that criminalize the sex buyer and seller but not the prostituted person

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 […]

PRE opposes UN’s promotion of legal prostitution

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. […]

Proposed French law garners support from most of the public but an aggressive sexist response from 343 sex buyers

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 […]

Higher rates of prostitution among Native American women expected after U.S. budgets cuts

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 […]

This is what a pimp looks like

“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 […]

Austerity programs cause brutal cuts in public services
and result in more prostitution

                                                                                                                             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 […]

Beyonce is not a role model for young women

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 […]