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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 [...]

Village Voice is no ally in the fight against human trafficking

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 [...]

Prostitution Linked to Organized Crime

British National Party members outside of Liverpool Crown Court as 9 gang members sentenced for child exploitation. Prostitution around the world is linked to organized crime. In Las Vegas massage parlors, pay day loan stores, and escort agency prostitution are known to be run by organized criminals. Across the United States, massage parlors are destination [...]

Discussion of Harms to Women in Prostitution Absent from Coverage of Secret Service Scandal

Secret Service agents in Cartagena, Colombia. Photo by Fernando Llano/AP Prostitution hurts women in it, including the women in Cartagena’s legal brothels. NPR’s Scott Simon has been rethinking his understanding of prostitution – it’s heartening to hear that while he previously thought it was harmless, now he sees prostitution as exploitive and frequently a result [...]

Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation

Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation follows a biracial girl named Little Miss So And So, from age 4 into adulthood. Told in a series of prose poems by Christine Stark, Nickels’ lyrical and inventive language conveys the dissociative states born of a world formed by persistent and brutal incest and homophobia. The dissociative states enable [...]

Link between political corruption and legal prostitution

Candice Trummell is Co-Director of Nevada Coalition Against Sex Trafficking. She was the Chair of the Nye County Commission. Trummell cooperated with the FBI, wearing a wire and despite danger to herself, obtained evidence that resulted in legal pimp Joe Richards’ confession to having bribed her regarding zoning of his brothel. Years later, the county [...]