False Distinction Between Prostitution and Trafficking

Arguments for and against Prostitution Including Arguments for and against the Swedish Prostitution Law

This 58 page booklet, translated from Swedish to English by Kvinnofronten/The Women’s Front, Sweden, 2013, can be downloaded here. Topics include what is prostitution: “buying sex from someone who does not want to have sex,” the necessity of viewing prostitution in context, men’s needs, stigmatization of the victim, prostitution and choice, “sex work,” colonialism, children and […]

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Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota

Three-year research study about the prostitution and trafficking of 105 Native Women in Minnesota. Native women are particularly vulnerable to sexual exploitation because of a history of brutal colonization, poverty, homelessness, medical problems, a lack of basic services which result in extreme emotional distress. This study quotes Native trafficked women as they explain the conditions […]

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Trafficking by Craigslist Challenged by Cook County Sheriff and CATW

Amicus brief filed by Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and colleagues against Craigslist, citing simple legal arguments showing the connection between online advertising for prostitution and sex trafficking.

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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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Prostitution’s Hierarchy of Control and Coercion

Graphic showing the class and race hierarchy in prostitution. There is a pyramid-like hierarchy in prostitution. At the top are a very few women – only about 2% of all those in prostitution. The farther you descend in the hierarchy, the greater the numbers of women in prostitution, and the less meaningful any discussion of […]

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Nevada Legal Pimp Dennis Hof Podcast Highlights

Dennis Hof is a legal pimp in a Nevada brothel. He advertises his brothel on an HBO pseudo-documentary series with the full support and collaboration of HBO. Cathouse serves as propaganda for the sex industry while denying and concealing the harms to both prostituted women and society at large. Download excerpts of a Howard Stern […]

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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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‘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 As Violence Against Women

This article discusses how prostitution is exempted from other kinds of violence and human rights violations, how prostitution is legitimized by distinctions between “forced” and “consenting” prostitution.

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Prostitution: A Violation of Women’s Human Rights

Despite the erroneously held belief that legalizing prostitution would empower women, the reality is that legalizing prostitution would only bring more harm to the women being forced to prostitute. As Leidholdt explains, prostitution is not a choice, but a “system of male power over and against women,” in which women’s human rights are constantly violated, […]

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