Law and Policy

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 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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Men Who Buy Sex (London) 2009

UK-based Eaves for Women and U.S.-based Prostitution and Research Education teamed up to interview 103 men in London who had bought commercial sex. Of those men, 55% believed that the majority of women were lured, tricked, or trafficked into the sex industry unwillingly. Most of the men interviewed also claimed that at least a third […]

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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 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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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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Prostitution on Demand: Legalizing the Buyers as Sexual Consumers

Research, programs, and legislation related to sex trafficking are often premised on the invisibility of the male buyer and the failure to address men�s role in buying and abusing women in prostitution. Governments, UN agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and others act as if the male demand for sexual exploitation is insignificant. This article looks at […]

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The Swedish Law that Prohibits the Purchase of Sexual Services: Best Practices for Prevention of Prostitution and Trafficking in Human Beings

After several years of public debate initiated by the Swedish women’s movement, the Law That Prohibits the Purchase of Sexual Services came into force on January 1, 1999. The Law is the first attempt by a country to address the root cause of prostitution and trafficking in beings: the demand, the men who assume the […]

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Trafficking for Prostitution in Italy: Possible Effects of Government Proposals for Legalization of Brothels

This article gives an overview of the problem of trafficking for prostitution in Italy and notes different trafficking dynamics according to countries of origin of the victims. It examines changes in trafficking patterns, various activities carried out by the Italian government and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to assist victims, the Italian legal framework used to combat […]

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Streets Apart

In the debate about prostitution, there are those, like the Dutch, who advocate legalising it, and those, like the Swedes, who want to get women off the streets by cracking down on customers and pimps. Julie Bindel investigates the current debate in the U.K.

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10 Reasons for Not Legalizing Prostitution

Discussion of ways that legalized or decriminalized prostitution promotes trafficking expands both legal and illegal prostitution, and fails to promote women’s health or make them any safer.

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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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The 1999 Swedish Law on Prostitution

This law is a brilliant example of how a truly progressive society addresses prostitution: the law decriminalizes the prostitute but criminalizes customers, pimps, and traffickers. The Swedish government’s logic is articulated in this brief article.

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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 and Civil Rights

Michigan Journal of Law and Gender “The gap between the promise of civil rights and the real lives of prostitutes is an abyss which swallows up prostituted women.” This article discusses the lack of civil rights among those prostituted, and discusses some legal remedies.

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Split at the Root: Prostitution and Feminist Discourses of Law Reform

What are the effects of creating a separation between ‘prostitutes’ and all ‘other women’? What happens when women involved in prostitution are examined by different standards? Baldwin examines the ways in which the prostitute/’other woman’ dichotomy gives meaning to sexual abuse of women and girls, how it affects the legal responses to abuse, and its […]

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