Pimps/Traffickers

Ridiculing victims of trafficking

“The daily comics are not known to be bastions of feminist thought but a strip in the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday September 29, 2012 was particularly egregious. I speak of Tundra by Chad Carpenter which had a picture of a bride skeleton coming out of a parcel post box. The caption reads: “Regardless of […]

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A Thorn in the Heart: Cambodian Men Who Buy Sex

Paper presented at “Focus on Men Who Buy Sex: Discourage Men’s Demand for Prostitution, Stop Sex Trafficking” in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, July 17, 2012. Co-hosted by Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center and Prostitution Research & Education. Executive Summary We interviewed 133 Cambodian men who had bought sex from adult women in prostitution, with 37% also acknowledging […]

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Prosecutors Focus on Pimps and Clients, Instead of Women

It was not exactly a run-of-the-mill prostitution case: the men accused as ringleaders were a father and his son, a pimp team coercing women to push their trade like traveling sex saleswomen, handing out business cards at hotels and strip clubs.

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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, Prostitution, and Inequality

Catharine A. MacKinnon describes evidence supporting the Nordic model legislation on prostitution and discusses links between prostitution, pornography, and trafficking.

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Sexpo and the Death of Sex

The space was filled with pumping, grinding, crotch grabbing and female porn stars ‘presenting’, as they say in baboon studies. Cosmetically enhanced bodies waxed to within an inch of their lives, a landfill’s worth of plastic toys, dildos, whirling vibrators, penis rings and fake vaginas.Billed as the world’s biggest health, sexuality and lifestyle exhibition, Sexpo […]

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PRE Congratulates the Center for Young Women’s Development

RE congratulates the Center for Young Women’s Development, San Francisco, for their principled and courageous refusal to accept $100,000 of blood money from Craigslist. A San Francisco non-profit that helps previously incarcerated women burned a $100,000 check from Craigslist this week in a ritual ceremony, saying accepting the money would be profiting “from a place […]

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Canada’s Prostitution Laws – 2009

Supporters of the prostitution industry want us to believe that women would be safe if men’s purchase of women for sex is legalized. In the name of women’s security, they are arguing in an Ontario court this week that male johns and pimps have a constitutional right to buy and sell women. They are claiming […]

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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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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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A Contemporary Manifestation of Slavery and Organized Crime

Overview of trafficking of women and children into the United States prior to the passage of the Trafficking Victims’ Protection Act of 2000. This report gives a summary of countries where the victims come from and descriptions of the organized crime syndicates involved in trafficking.

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How Prostitution Works

A description of customers, pimps, and the ways that young people get into prostitution. Prostitution, pornography, and other forms of commercial sex are a multi-billion dollar industry. They enrich a small minority of predators, while the larger community is left to pay for the damage.

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Prostitution, Violence, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Most discussions of the public health risks of prostitution have focused on sexually-transmitted disease. A recent editorial in a major medical journal acknowledged the danger of violence to those prostituted, yet concluded that the overall health risks of street prostitution were minimal. In this paper, we discuss a study of the childhood violence, and violence […]

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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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A Comparison of Pimps and Batterers

A description of the abusive power relationships between women in prostitution with their pimps, comparing the dynamics of prostituted women and their pimps to those of battered women and their partners.

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