Melissa Farley

Prostitution, Liberalism, and Slavery

This article critiques the liberal “prostitution-can-be-fixed-or-improved” perspective of liberals and defends and abolitionist approach that views prostitution as slavery or slavery-like practices.

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Indoor Versus Outdoor Prostitution in Rhode Island

“Nobody really wants to be sold,” a woman in a Nevada legal brothel explained to me. Even if you know that simple fact — that prostitution is an abusive institution for any human — maybe you still think it can be made not so bad. Maybe you think that if prostitution happens under a roof, […]

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Trafficking: Theory vs Reality (2009) Women’s Studies International Forum

This article presents evidence for the links between prostitution and trafficking, using examples of New Zealand, USA, and India. Men’s demand for trafficked women cannot be distinguished from the demand for prostitution. The same qualities in women that are sought by men who buy sex are also risk factors for trafficking, for example, young age, […]

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No Decriminalization of Traffickers – NoonK.net

PRE has documented the harms of decriminalized prostitution on this website for many years. Now, San Francisco voters face a real risk of across-the-board decriminalization of the sex industry. Melissa Farley recently wrote this op-ed piece (October 17, 2008)

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Prostitution Policy Recommendations to the City of San Francisco

Strongly criminalizing johns is the most effective legal approach to date to the harms of violence and exploitation that prostitution inflicts on those used in it. Many countries, some states, and international law support this approach, which San Francisco could readily adopt, along with other legal and social initiatives building on existing law, policy, and […]

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Prostitution and Trafficking in Nevada: Making the Connections

A 2-year research study of Nevada legal and illegal prostitution and sex trafficking reveals human rights violations against women in the Nevada legal brothels. This book explains how the multibillion-dollar illegal sex industry in Las Vegas works. Making connections between legal and illegal prostitution, prostitution and sex trafficking, advertising for prostitution, political corruption, pornography, and […]

Prostitution, Trafficking, and Cultural Amnesia: What We Must Not Know in Order To Keep the Business of Sexual Exploitation Running Smoothly

This article discusses and analyzes empirical data on the harms of prostitution, pornography and trafficking. This information has to be culturally, psychologically, and legally denied or ignored because to know and acknowledge it would interfere with the business of sexual exploitation.

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Unequal

This article responds to Debbie Nathan’s “Oversexed” (Nation, August 29, 2005). Nathan sympathizes with those on the Left who consider prostitution a form of labor rather than violence against women. Nathan criticizes abolitionist feminists who think that women in prostitution deserve more in life than a condom and a cup of coffee. We feminists think […]

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Prostitution Harms Women Even if Indoors

This article describes the social invisibility of indoor prostitution, points out the lack of evidence suggesting that indoor prostitution is “safe,” and summarizes the testimony of women who reported violence in strip club prostitution and warnings about violence from groups promoting indoor prostitution.

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‘Bad for the Body, Bad for the Heart’: Prostitution Harms Women Even if Legalized or Decriminalized

With examples from a 2003 New Zealand prostitution law, this article discusses the logical inconsistencies in laws sponsoring prostitution and includes evidence for the physical, emotional, and social harms of prostitution. These harms are not decreased by legalization or decriminalization. The article addresses the confusion caused by organizations that oppose trafficking but at the same […]

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Prostitution and the Invisibility of Harm

The harm of prostitution is socially invisible, and it is also invisible in the law, in public health, and in psychology. This article addresses origins of this invisibility, how words in current usage promote the invisibility of prostitution�s harm, and how public health perspectives and psychological theory tend to ignore the harm done by men […]

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Prostitution and Trafficking of Women and Children from Mexico to the United States

A description of the historical background of sex trafficking from Mexico to the United States and summaries of two cases illustrating the complexity of providing physical and emotional safety and immigration protection to victims of trafficking into prostitution. Emphasis on understanding the varied cultural contexts in which sexual exploitation, rape, prostitution and trafficking occur.

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