This is what a pimp looks like

“I was a good pimp” says James Lipton. Read more here. Don’t buy into racist stereotypes about pimps. There is a class and race hierarchy among pimps just as there is a class and race hierarchy among prostituted women. Poor men of color are at the bottom of the hierarchy.  Richer white men are at the top. Are […]

SAVE THE DATE: Protest’s Facilitation of Sex Trafficking

The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) in partnership with Prostitution Research and Education (PRE) and other co-sponsors will hold our second protest in front of the Village Voice building at the New York City office of Village Voice Media Holdings, LLC (VVM), owner of This protest will bring attention to Backpage’s ongoing facilitation […]

Link between political corruption and legal prostitution

Candice Trummell is Co-Director of Nevada Coalition Against Sex Trafficking. She was the Chair of the Nye County Commission. Trummell cooperated with the FBI, wearing a wire and despite danger to herself, obtained evidence that resulted in legal pimp Joe Richards’ confession to having bribed her regarding zoning of his brothel. Years later, the county […]

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 […]

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 […]