Racism/Colonialism

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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Statement of Asia-Pacific Meeting of Sex Trafficking and Prostitution Survivors

“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 […]

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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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Prostitution and Trafficking in Nevada: Making the Connections

A 2-year research study of Nevada legal and illegal prostitution and sex trafficking reveals human rights violations against women in the Nevada legal brothels. This book explains how the multibillion-dollar illegal sex industry in Las Vegas works. Making connections between legal and illegal prostitution, prostitution and sex trafficking, advertising for prostitution, political corruption, pornography, and […]

Aboriginal Women’s Statement on Legal Prostitution, Canada

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 […]

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Ex-Prostitutes Against Legislated Sexual Servitude

Contact: xpalss@shaw.ca 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 […]

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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 in Vancouver: Violence and the Colonization of First Nations Women

Interviews of 100 women prostituting in Vancouver, Canada revealed an extremely high prevalence of lifetime violence including childhood sexual assault and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Findings are discussed in terms of the legacy of colonialism, the intrinsically traumatizing nature of prostitution and prostitution’s violations of basic human rights.

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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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Prostitution & Trafficking in Nine Countries: An Update on Violence and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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 […]

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Prostitution and the Invisibility of Harm

The harm of prostitution is socially invisible, and it is also invisible in the law, in public health, and in psychology. This article addresses origins of this invisibility, how words in current usage promote the invisibility of prostitution�s harm, and how public health perspectives and psychological theory tend to ignore the harm done by men […]

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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 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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