Proposition K would decriminalize pimps in San Francisco

A woman with a history of pimping (and a conviction for pimping in Seattle) has proposed that San Francisco decriminalize prostitution. It will be voted on by San Franciscans this November 4. Measure K, like other such laws, masquerades as a progressive response that would decriminalize women who are victimized in prostitution. We agree that […]

Time to Revise the Trafficking Victims Protection Act

Taking On the Traffickers The Federal Trafficking and Victims Protection Act of 2000 was an ambitious attempt to rescue women and children who are smuggled into the country as sex slaves and to step up prosecution of the pimps and traffickers who drive this ghastly business. It has fallen short on both counts. The law […]

Not For Sale – Video on Prostitution & Trafficking

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 […]

Often People Believe the Lies of Pimps

I spoke with a public official this past week regarding the decriminalization of prostitution. When I talked with her, she told me she saw a TV show about a legal Nevada brothel. In this show, there was a man who was taking care of the girls who worked for him. She said that the girls […]