Michael Shively, Kristina Kliorys, Kristin Wheeler, Dana Hunt June 2012
Prostitution comforted Japanese solders but tortured women in the military brothels.
The lie that legal or decriminalized prostitution is “safer” is widely believed. Nothing could be farther from the truth, as these data showing a horrific number of murders and attempted murders of women from 2002, when prostitution was legalized in Germany, to 2015.
Brenda Myers-Powell was just a child when she became a prostitute in the early 1970s. Here she describes how she was pulled into working on the streets and why, three decades later, she devoted her life to making sure other girls don’t fall into the same trap.
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.
Bedford v. Canada ruled that parliament could not impose on where or when prostitution is conducted, as long as it does not infringe on others’ constitutional rights. Max Waltman discusses the evidence provided and how it does not support the decision of the court.
The report on the UK’s burden of guilt for prostitution has the purpose of raising awareness around the impact of the sale of sexual services on those involved and to develop proposals for government action with a focus on tackling demand for the sex trade.
The objective of this briefing paper is to provide background information drawn from the international literature on sexual exploitation and prostitution and its impact on gender equality in relation to the report of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee. The study concentrates on the debate on whether prostitution could be voluntary or has rather to be regarded in any case as a violation of women’s human rights. It also presents an overview of the policies on prostitution in the Member States as well as four case studies: Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden.
This article critiques the liberal “prostitution-can-be-fixed-or-improved” perspective of liberals and defends an abolitionist approach that views prostitution as slavery or slavery-like practices.
Author of Female Sexual Slavery Kathleen Barry, proposes a feminist human rights treaty to abolish prostitution.
Max Waltman’s paper analyzes the Court of Appeal for Ontario’s ruling on March 26, 2012, concluding that it erroneously rewrote the law against “living on the avails of prostitution” on the basis of misrepresented and faulty evidence, and as a result made prostituted persons more vulnerable to exploitation. Accordingly, the paper shows how that the […]
CNN reported that Spanish police rescued a 19 year old woman who had been branded with a bar code by trafficking gang members.
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 […]
Comparing Sex Buyers with Men Who Don’t Buy Sex: “You can have a good time with the servitude” vs. “You’re supporting a system of degradation” Paper presented at Psychologists for Social Responsibility Annual Meeting July 15, 2011, Boston. This research study compared 101 men who buy sex with 100 men who did not buy sex, matched by age, […]
“We unite with our sisters in the feminist movement and the labor movement who call for real jobs, not prostitution; for economic programs that create local, sustainable employment, and not push women out of the country; for the socialization of the care economy while recognizing that domestic work is work; for greater budget for women […]
Catharine A. MacKinnon describes evidence supporting the Nordic model legislation on prostitution and discusses links between prostitution, pornography, and trafficking.
This article by Max Waltman analyzes the Swedish prostitution law from 1999, which criminalized the sex buyer and decriminalized prostituted persons. He analyzes this law as both appropriate and in line with the United Nation’s Trafficking Protocol from 2000, which states that a person is regarded as a trafficking victim when, e.g., someone abuses her […]
There is no doubt that the Nordic countries lead the world on most indicators of gender equality. Gender equality experts and advocates have long pointed out that in economics, politics and social services, the Nordic countries top the charts. A less noticed equality indicator is that the Nordic countries outpace others in legal action to […]
“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, […]
Lists 18 common myths about trafficking and provides the factual evidence as alternatives.
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, […]
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 […]
Myers-Powell writes about her personal experience with prostitution relating it to the exploitation and deep pain that prostitution causes. Myers-Powell is a survivor of prostitution who is the co-founder of Dream Catcher, a program designed to divert at-risk teens before they become prostitutes. She is a motivational speaker and a founding board member of the […]
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 […]
As Aboriginal women on occupied Coast Salish Territory, we, the Aboriginal Women’s Action Network (AWAN) implore you to pay attention to the voices of Aboriginal women and women’s groups who are speaking out in the interest of our sisters, our daughters, our friends and all women whose voices have not been heard in the recent […]
Scott Hampton, Psy.D. wrote this article for the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault Fall 2007 Newsletter. He is Director of Ending the Violence. 90 Washington Street, Suite 305 Dover, New Hampshire 03820 Phone 603-742-2954 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website endingtheviolence.us
Contact: email@example.com A statement by members of Ex-Prostitutes Against Legislated Sexual Servitude. Includes a version of the statement in French. “We are women who have been harmed by prostitution. We believe that no amount of changing the conditions or the locations in which we were prostituted could ever have significantly reduced that harm. We experience the […]
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.
Not For Sale was produced by the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) and the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) in 2006. This documentary by filmmaker Marie Vermeiren gives voice to five survivors of prostitution, and also the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking, Ministers of the European Parliament and representatives from CATW and EWL. Understanding that […]
This article responds to Debbie Nathan’s “Oversexed” (Nation, August 29, 2005). Nathan sympathizes with those on the Left who consider prostitution a form of labor rather than violence against women. Nathan criticizes abolitionist feminists who think that women in prostitution deserve more in life than a condom and a cup of coffee. We feminists think […]
Prostitution, pornography, and sex trafficking aren’t separable in the real world. In this piece for the Times Educational Supplement in 2005, Catharine MacKinnon focuses on the experience of the woman who’s being prostituted and photographed.
This article describes the social invisibility of indoor prostitution, points out the lack of evidence suggesting that indoor prostitution is “safe,” and summarizes the testimony of women who reported violence in strip club prostitution and warnings about violence from groups promoting indoor prostitution.
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 […]
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.
Researchers interviewed 854 people currently or recently in prostitution in nine countries (Canada, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, turkey, United States, and Zambia), inquiring about current and lifetime history of sexual and physical violence. Findings contradict common myths about prostitution: the assumption that street prostitution of men and boys is different from prostitution of […]