TED Talk by Tony Porter, A CALL TO MEN
Why I Stopped Watching Porn
Men Can Act to End Men’s Violence Against Women
Online Attacks Against Activists Who Oppose Sexism and Sexual Exploitation
This 10-minute video describes Anita Sarkeesian’s experience with cybermobbing – a massive online hate campaign. She was targeted by large numbers of anonymous online attackers who – describing themselves as game players – tried to get her to stop her campaign to deconstruct sexism in the video game industry by threats, by producing pornography of her, by trying to shut down her website and twitter account. Be sure to see how Anita Sarkeesian was not silenced by these cyberattacks.
Similar online threats, online harassment and both online and phoned attempts to cause physical fear were perpetrated against a survivor blogger at PRE’s The Survivor’s View (read more).
Have you experienced cyberattacks because of your views on prostitution? Do you want to be part of a forum on PRE’s Traffick Jamming blog to address how the sexist domination of cyberspace can be turned around? Please write us at email@example.com and we’ll start the thread.
Superbowl Anti-Trafficking Campaign
Jan 25, 2011
Dear Super Bowl Host Committee & National Football League,
My name is A.H. and I’m a survivor of sex trafficking. I’m not a big football fan, but I’ll never forget my first trip to Dallas/Fort Worth several years ago. It was 2006 when I was dragged there against my will by a pimp. I was forced to dance, strip and sell sex (along with five other young girls) for over a month while he pocketed the cash ($1,000-$3,000/night from each girl) and planned our next gig. I was trapped in a life I never wanted without any hope of escape.
You might be shocked to know that I come from an upstanding, supportive and loving family. I’ve been an excellent student my whole life, earning a scholarship to college. I had dreams, ambitions and the courage to make them happen. Everything changed the day I met the man who would later become my pimp. He was intelligent, attractive and seemed to genuinely care about me. When I lost my scholarship due to an injury, he offered to help me and I believed he would. As soon as I realized what he had in mind, I tried to leave. He grabbed me by the neck, threw me down and almost choked the life out of me. When he threatened to hurt my family if I didn’t cooperate, I knew I was trapped.
This nightmare was my life for over a year. During that time, we traveled to several states where I was sold at nightclubs, bars, and parties — fulfilling a demand for sex nationwide. He was always there, always watching. If I refused to work, I was beaten and tortured.
We spent an entire month in Dallas/Fort Worth, where my pimp said the “real money” was. We were all young (some as young as 14-years-old) and that’s what the men wanted. No one asked if we were being forced to work, or if we enjoyed it. No one cared. While we were being sold for sex every night, our pimp was recruiting other local girls – from the Galleria, the clubs, concerts, and even McDonald’s.
I lived in fear every day, hoping I’d survive to see the next. It wasn’t until I heard him loading his gun to kill me that I finally mustered the courage to escape. Today, I’m a survivor. I share my story with you in the hopes that you’ll realize sex trafficking is real. It happens to young girls across America every day – girls as young as 13. With the Super Bowl quickly approaching, you have a choice to help stop it. Dallas/Fort Worth will soon become the nation’s biggest party – and every pimp’s center for business.
Please join me, Dallas Cowboy Jay Ratliff, and 65,000+ fans who’ve signed the Change.org petition in taking a stand against the exploitation of women and children during the Super Bowl. Every victim deserves the chance to become a survivor. And every young girl deserves to be protected and live a life free from slavery and exploitation.
I’m asking you to endorse the I’m Not Buying It campaign. By placing posters and billboards in and around the stadium you can deter men from engaging in the commercial sex market and save the lives of countless victims. You can make a difference – please, what would you do if it was your daughter?
A.H., Survivor of Sex Trafficking
Women for Sale Campaign in Israel
October 24, 2010
An innovative and powerful campaign to support legislation that would criminalize buying sex in Israel.
Craigslist and the Sex Trade
Craigslist “Cyber-Slave Market”
“More than 100 thousand American girls are sexually trafficked in the United States. Their first sexual encounter is between the ages of 11 and 14.” This video by the Rebecca Project describes how young girls are lured into prostitution, and how Craigslist has become the primary marketplace for trafficking.
Intelligence Squared Debate “It’s wrong to pay for sex”
Melissa Farley (April 2009)
Rockefeller University, New York, NY
Indecent: How I Make It and Fake It as a Girl for Hire (Film)
This 20 minute film of a performance based on Sarah Katherine Lewis’s 2006 book Indecent: How I Make It and Fake It as a Girl for Hire was directed by documentary filmmaker Miguel Picker.
It’s an educational film that speaks the truth about massage prostitution. Not to be missed! If you want to understand how prostitution feels to those who perform it, check this out.
Not For Sale – Video on Prostitution & Trafficking