Posts tagged "sex trafficking"

Amnesty International Votes In Favor Of Decriminalizing Sex Work

Today, Amnesty International voted in favor of decriminalizing sex work, recommending that the group adopt a policy to protect the human rights of sex workers.
The resolution recommends that Amnesty International develop a policy that supports the full decriminalization of all aspects of consensual sex work. The policy will also call on states to ensure that sex worker…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 11, 2015

Queer Up Your Comic Con Experience!

San Diego Comic Con has some fabulous queer events; girls in juvenile prisons have tremendous rates of past sexual abuse; a man drugged his girlfriend so he could keep playing video games; and the Museum of Sex has a centuries-old porn stash.

Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 9, 2015

Vermont Lawmaker/Farm Pimp Charged With Sexual Assault

Well this is not something you see everyday! Vermont State Senator Norman McAllister (R-The Sex Farm), one of the most outspoken conservatives in Vermont’s legislature, pleaded not guilty on Friday to three charges each of sexual assault and prohibited acts.
The 63 year-old dairy farmer and legislator has been accused by three women who say he attempted…

Robyn Pennacchia / May 8, 2015

The Soapbox: What TIME Gets All Wrong About “Pretty Woman,” Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

A journalist from contacted me yesterday for a quote that ultimately appeared in an article that irresponsibly conflates sex work and sex trafficking. In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the film, “Pretty Woman,” the writer told me she was gathering what former sex workers— not victims of sexual exploitation, mind you — think…

Melissa Petro / March 25, 2015

Mike Brown’s Family Will File A Civil Suit Against The City Of Ferguson

Ferguson shooting victim Mike Brown’s family will be filing a civil suit against the City of Ferguson and Officer Darren Wilson.

Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 5, 2015

Pat Robertson: Women’s “Fifty Shades” Boiling-Oil Fantasies Are Promoting Sex Trafficking

Over the weekend, “The 700 Club” played a clip of an interview with Christian anti-sex trafficking activist Benjamin Nolot, speaking at Pat Robertson’s Regent University, who claimed that “Fifty Shades of Grey” is promoting sex trafficking. I’m not sure he’s seen the movie or read the book, because all it really promotes is neurotoxicity, but…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 23, 2015

PurrVerse: Adult Sex Workers Are Arrested When We “Think Of The Children”

I woke up one morning last week to my Twitter in an uproar. That’s reasonably common in my world, as many of the people I follow are marginalized and there’s a lot to be angry about. Turns out that the FBI has seized MyRedbook, a California site where masseuses and escorts could advertise for client…

Kitty Stryker / July 14, 2014

PurrVerse: The NYPD Now Limits Using Condoms As Evidence Of Sex Work — But This Issue Is Far From Over

The NYPD has finally agreed to ban the confiscation condoms as evidence from people they suspect of being sex workers. With similar measures having been fought for and won in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., this seems like a win for sexual health, right?
Well, sort of. The headlines I keep seeing aren’t actually…

Kitty Stryker / May 15, 2014

How One Suburban Woman Almost Became The Victim Of Sex Trafficking

When most of us think about the victims of sex trafficking, rarely does an image of a suburban professional woman come to mind. Many imagine that it’s a crime mainly affecting young girls and runaways in this country and others. However, North Carolina journalist Brittney Cason reveals how she was nearly kidnapped into a sex trafficking ring by…

The Stir / March 1, 2014

Super Bowl Sunday Means A Whole Lot Of Human Trafficking, And It’s Our Job To Stay Aware

Super Bowl Sunday is famous for more than just football. This time of year sees a spike in human trafficking, and a spike in awareness to go with it. Trafficking involves selling, buying, and transporting human beings to be exploited in some capacity. It often involves forced prostitution, and victims are controlled through bribery or…

Claire Hannum / January 31, 2014

Why Are Women Hiding Spoons In Their Underwear?

Women’s rights charities in the UK are warning women and girls who are being trafficked into forced marriages to hide spoons inside their underwear at airports to set off metal detectors. The Guardian UK reported that when women have done this, they have been taken aside by airport security for further questioning and have bee…

Jessica Wakeman / August 16, 2013

Sex Trafficking Ring Busted In New Jersey

It is easy to think of sex trafficking as something that only happens far off in Asia or in the movie Taken. But human trafficking happens in America as well. This week, in Lakewood, New Jersey, Jose Cruz “Chato” Romero-Flores, along with his girlfriend and four male associates, were arrested in a human trafficking bust,…

Mary Odell / July 21, 2013

RIP Society: 23-Year-Old Model Met Man Over Instagram, Forced Into Prostitution

The Internet can be a dangerous place and it seems that adults are now in need of the same Internet safety classes as children these days. Take one Floridian model who traveled up to New York to meet a man she met on Instagram, only to be forced into sex slavery for 12 days.

Daley Quinn / July 18, 2013

Could Turkey Get A Brothel Filled With Men?!

A brothel filled with men for female customers? We’re listening … It turns out the call comes from an anti-poverty group in Turkey demanding that legal, state-run brothels practice gender equality. The campaigners from Sefkat Der accuse the Turkish government of condoning “sex slavery,” and as a ploy to fight prostitution in general, are daring…

Jessica Wakeman / May 14, 2013

President Demands Gov’t Contractors Beef Up Prevention Of Human Trafficking

President Obama issued an executive order today which will compel government contractors to assure they are not contributing to human trafficking, including sex trafficking, in the course of their work. Contractors will have to abolish trafficking-type practices like charging “recruitment fees” and being misleading about the jobs which are being filled. “We’re making clear…

Jessica Wakeman / September 25, 2012

Pimp’s List Of 10 Rules Is The Most Depressing Thing Ever

Not that I was under any illusions that pimps were good people as a general demographic, but this just makes me want to take a bath after reading it. On Monday, Long Island police raided the home of an alleged pimp named Steve McDaniel and came across a handwritten list called “Rules 2 Da Game…

Jessica Wakeman / August 16, 2012

Teen Girls Sue Over Sexual Exploitation

Three teen girls in Washington state are suing sex website for profitting off underage sexual exploitation. One 15-year-old girl and two 13-year-old girls filed a lawsuit on Friday, which claims they were trafficked into sex work and their pimps published scantily clad photos of them on Backpage with little oversight by the site.

Jessica Wakeman / July 30, 2012

15-Year-Old Girls Charged With Running A Prostitution Ring

Well, this is sad/infuriating: Two 15-year-old girls in Ottawa, Canada, have been charged with human trafficking after they forced several other underage girls into prostitution. The victims were between the ages of 13 and 17, and were allegedly driven to various locations by the two girls and their 17-year-old accomplice. Aside from the young age…

Julie Gerstein / June 12, 2012

A Sex Video That Will Surprise You

Human trafficking is the number two most lucrative illegal industry — behind drug trafficking — in the world. Because of its clandestine nature it’s difficult to gauge the extent of its reach, but experts believe that at any given time there are anywhere between 12.3 and 27 million people in forced or bonded labor –…

Julie Gerstein / May 16, 2012

Yet Another Radio Station Is Giving Away A Mail Order Bride As A Prize

Watch out, the stupidity is spreading from Down Under: Just like a New Zealand radio station did earlier this year, Canada’s 100.3 FM is hosting a “win a wife” contest. The winner receives airfare to Russia, 13 nights accommodation, and $500 to spend with his mail-order bride. 100.3 FM will hook up some sad sack…

Jessica Wakeman / September 7, 2011