Online Prostitution and Trafficking

Housing in exchange for sex acts is Prostitution

“I think these ads are appearing on Craigslist as a way for men to use their power, their access to housing, as a way to exploit women’s economic desperation,” Grey said. “We’re in a housing crisis, women are in poverty.”

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CMU Grad Builds Cybersleuthing Tool to Snare Sex Traffickers

Emily Kennedy, founder of software startup “Marinus Analytics,” has developed a new software product entitled “Traffic Jam.”  Traffic Jam mines the “deep Web” for information on sex trafficking rings.  The software has uncovered information that has saved 100+ victims of sex trafficking.  The article details its process.

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Online Prostitution and Trafficking

The use of Internet technologies to traffic women and children to prostitution will be described in this article. This law review summarizes the history of online trafficking and the remarkably effective use of the Internet for advertising prostitution locally, regionally, and internationally beginning with the development of social networking sites, discussion forums, message boards and online chats.

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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 […]

Protest Backpage.com with CATW and PRE June 20, 2012 in New York

These prostitution ads in Houston and Las Vegas were located on Backpage.com June 15, 2012. Although they appear to be written by the women, most often they are written and posted by pimps or traffickers. These backpage.com advertisements facilitate the trafficking of women into massage brothels, strip clubs prostitution, and escort prostitution. Most women want […]

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Hotels Fight Sex Trade

Some years ago, End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT), an international and domestic NGO that opposes the trafficking of children for commercial sex, initiated an anti-trafficking ethical code of conduct for hotels. St Louis event planner Kimberly Ritter is now using ECPAT’s work as a basis for her anti-trafficking activism in St. Louis. Ritter looks […]

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Protest Against Village Voice Media in New York, November 16, 2011

The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) in partnership with Prostitution Research and Education (PRE) held a successful protest in front of the Village Voice building in New York City last Wednesday, November 16. The protest held at the New York City office of Backpage.com (owned by Village Voice Media) brought attention to Backpage’s facilitation of and […]

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Best Practices for Online Classified Advertising without Sexual Exploitation

On the heels of the closure of Craigslist’s online trafficking – er, “adult services” – section of its classified ads, Fair Fund has released a Best Practices Guide that will be of interest to all those who want to stop online trafficking of women and children into prostitution.

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Washington Post Rejects Massage Prostitution Advertising

As of September 29, 2010 the Washington Post newspaper, following a national trend to stop advertising prostitution – is now rejecting advertising that previously ran in the Post as “massage.” In a blog last year, the Polaris Project, which combats international trafficking in women, wrote: “Ever wonder where traffickers advertise their victims? Turns out it’s […]

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Protest on Craiglist Doorsteps in San Francisco to End “Adult Services” Section

On July 8, 2010, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), Prostitution Research and Education (PRE) plus more than 75 Co-Sponsors including Innocents at Risk, protested Craigslist’s “Adult Services Section” at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco, California. “When we arrived, Craigslist was literally whitewashing their cyber trafficking by painting over their corporate logo. The […]

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Filipinos Protest Craigslist for Adult Services

SAN FRANCISCO – Filipino community leaders joined dozens of people who protested in front of the Craigslist headquarters, calling on the popular website to close its “Adult Services” section and set a sex industry-free standard which would eliminate human trafficking on the Internet. The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Prostitution Research and Education and over […]

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Craigslist Facts

My first introduction to prostitution was arranged through Craigslist. I answered an ad for online modeling which turned out to be an agency recruiting for “escorts”. Escort is a word they use instead of prostitute. First model, then escort and eventually prostitute. After I was eased into prostitution, many of the pimps, massage parlor owners […]

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Protest at Craigslist San Francisco Headquarters

The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) in partnership with Prostitution Research and Education (PRE) and other co-sponsors held a protest in front of Craigslist Headquarters in San Francisco on July 8th to bring attention to Craigslist’s facilitation of and profiting from sex trafficking. “Craigslist continues to cynically profit by functioning as an online pimp,” says Norma […]

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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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