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Good Overview: Scientists score one over celebrities in battle to decriminalize sex work

Good Overview: Scientists score one over celebrities in battle to decriminalize sex work | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Ignoring the protests of Hollywood actresses, Amnesty International has come out for the decriminalization of prostitution.
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Phoenix Goddess Temple Proves Need For Sex Worker Solidarity

Phoenix Goddess Temple Proves Need For Sex Worker Solidarity | Sex Work | Scoop.it
"As long as the law can come for some of us, they can come for all of us."
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Whore Next Door: America Comes Around

Whore Next Door: America Comes Around | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Although I attended labor rights demonstrations with my parents as a youngster, I truly began my own career in activism as a founding member of...
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Updates on Rent Boy raid aftermath and America's first decriminalization bill

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Updates on Rent Boy raid aftermath and America's first decriminalization bill

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Updates on Rent Boy raid aftermath and America's first decriminalization bill

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The Dangerous Catch-22 of Coming out As a Sex Worker

The Dangerous Catch-22 of Coming out As a Sex Worker | Sex Work | Scoop.it

People malign sex workers without realizing they're talking to one...


Some sex worker rights activists say that white women like Evie should come out as an act of solidarity. If everyone who’s had sex for money were open about it, would the public accept that sex work defies stereotypes and is more prevalent than most imagine? The answer is a Catch-22. Stigma and severe criminal penalties keep people from openly fighting laws and cultural attitudes.

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The treachery trinity of Tragedy-disbelief and murder of the soul, by Local child sexual molestation by the Local Catholic church, has not been dealt with by our justice system.  AS a Former Candidate for Governor of Indiana 2012, and Rape survivor by 2 cock sucking Priest in Indianapolis in 1961 or so at the local southside church with 2 steps. I am not even catholic.  After repeated misdirection by those willing to commit the Cardinal Sin of Covering up childhood sexual assault by clergy is running deep in this local church. I refuse to be denied my opportunity to reach restitution. Your Sin against Children will never be forgiven by any form of clergy until you made amends to our city and to ourselves. You see 2 of us were raped that morning. God Has a Personal Hold on your personal immortality in his afterlife. Make amends Now while you can. I want my story known one way or another. It Is "I".  a serial Childhood rape survivor. I want 2 things. A life-size monument to 2 noble people placed at the new restroom facility in front of the city-county building. In honor of our lost childhood and trip through Hell on Earth. Eli Lilly , Madam C. J. Walker. It Is "I". 

TheBodyHouse.biz's curator insight, January 24, 10:06 AM

Want some insight into the whos and whys of sex workers... then this article is a MUST read.

The fact is... it's almost a certainty that you know a sex worker. The nice college student, the pretty barista, the cute waitress, even your middle aged neighbor... these women (and many more) are very often offering a sexual service for money on the sly. 

Having said that... they deserve as much respect as anyone else. We need to stop our judgement toward these women. They're only fulfilling a demand that has existed since the beginning of time. 

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There’s No Such Thing As A ‘Safe’ Escort Ad

There’s No Such Thing As A ‘Safe’ Escort Ad | Sex Work | Scoop.it

As much as sex workers don’t like to hear it, this is real. Time and again in legal workshops and consultations sex workers ask me for the magic words they can use in their advertisements that will keep them safe from arrest. To their disbelief, and sometimes resentment, I respond that magic words don’t exist and that there is no such thing as a “safe” escort ad.


I completely understand why sex workers ask this. Law enforcement’s interactions with sex workers result in their arrest, imprisonment, and all the collateral consequences of criminal charges like loss of jobs or child custody, public outing, and major immigration issues. Not only do sex workers experience the..

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Adult Themes: The rise and fall of America's first digital brothel

Adult Themes: The rise and fall of America's first digital brothel | Sex Work | Scoop.it
If someone forced you to describe RealTouch Interactive in just two words, you'd probably call it a "digital brothel." And rightly so, as the North Carolina-bas...

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Sheriff to staff: Stop arresting children on prostitution charges, stop saying 'child prostitute'

Sheriff to staff: Stop arresting children on prostitution charges, stop saying 'child prostitute' | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell announced Wednesday that his department will immediately stop arresting children on prostitution charges.


"They are child victims and survivors of rape," McDonnell wrote in a letter to his employees. "We must remember that children cannot consent to sex under any circumstance."


Changing the way such children are viewed, from suspect to victim, falls in tandem with a national trend in recent years and marks a "major shift from where all of us in policing had been throughout history," McDonnell said during a news conference Wednesday.


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Also should just stop using the word "prostitute" altogether. 

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The difference between decriminalisation and legalisation of sex work

The difference between decriminalisation and legalisation of sex work | Sex Work | Scoop.it
There is a crucial distinction between these two terms that is frequently blurred in the debate around the different models.
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Denver jury awards $3.9M to former stripper who sued wealthy rancher

Denver jury awards $3.9M to former stripper who sued wealthy rancher | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The judge presiding over the civil trial called the attack "indescribably brutal," but in 2013 Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey chose to drop the original criminal charge to misdemeanor unlawful contact instead of felony sexual assault.

The victim, Amanda Wilson, and her attorney, Qusair Mohamedbhai, told The Denver Post the verdict announced late last week was a victory for other sexual assault victims. And they criticized the district attorney's office for failing to prosecute her attacker on more serious charges for the February 2013 attack.

"I hope this verdict is empowering to any woman or person who has felt helpless and terrified at the hands of another," Wilson, 30, wrote in an e-mail to The Post. "Rape destroys lives and it does matter, even when the criminal justice system brushes you off and prefers you to be quiet. You do matter."

The case is unusual for many reasons, including its large verdict and because a jury took the word of a former exotic dancer over that of a respected businessman who had lavished her with gifts, money and a job, court observers said.
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Sex workers further victimized by deportations, groups say

Sex workers further victimized by deportations, groups say | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Groups that push for sex workers rights are criticizing police and Canada Border Services Agency for deporting those involved in recent massage parlour raids.

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The GOP’s Sex Trafficking Shell Game: How Laws Against ‘Sex Trafficking’ End Up Hurting Women

The GOP’s Sex Trafficking Shell Game: How Laws Against ‘Sex Trafficking’ End Up Hurting Women | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Republicans are insisting on tacking anti-abortion language onto an anti-sex-trafficking bill—and it’s just their latest effort to exploit the issue to fight “sexual immorality.”
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Gaynor Johansen's comment, March 29, 2015 5:56 PM
I think that the article brings up some good points. The sex trafficking victims, voluntary or not, should be protected and helped. Government funding is probably the only way they would be able to get any programs for that so not allowing government funding would hurt the people that were victimized.
Gaynor Johansen's comment, March 29, 2015 5:56 PM
I think that the article brings up some good points. The sex trafficking victims, voluntary or not, should be protected and helped. Government funding is probably the only way they would be able to get any programs for that so not allowing government funding would hurt the people that were victimized.
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Decriminalization vs. Legalization

Decriminalization vs. Legalization | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Anonymous said: I've been googling a bit and I'm still a little confused about decriminalization vs. legalization. Decriminalizing sex work would mean that sex workers wouldn't be subject to arrest or...
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Will prostitution become legal in California?

Will prostitution become legal in California? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A legal group has filed a lawsuit in federal court which argues prostitution is a right that is protected by the constitution. ESPLERP (Erotic Service Providers Legal Education and Research Project) is a group based in San Francisco, which has brought forth the claim.
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Gracie Passette's comment, March 28, 2015 2:09 AM
@Brandal Nicole Crenshaw I suggest you do some reading... I have a whole topic about sex work. http://www.scoop.it/t/sex-work
Gracie Passette's comment, March 28, 2015 2:16 AM
As for the "How do you know that the prostitutes are willing, healthy, and receiving actual benefits instead of spreading illnesses, being forced into it, or simply doing it because they have no other option" questions, those can be asked of any job sector.

Slavery of any sort is vile; why only focus on the sexual sort?

Having work designated as criminal prevents actual victims from coming forward and getting out/help. It also prevents willing sex workers from getting help in areas of real criminal activity, such as rape ~ and includes murder investigations too.

As for the "Is this something that we want to have future generations come to see as acceptable", I say "Why not?"

What about sexual autonomy is so frightening that it should be outlawed & manipulated? There are plenty of other types of work which people object to.
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PS If you read the article & followed the links, you'd discover more about the organization behind it, but here's a link: http://esplerp.org/about/values/
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Ten Reasons to Fight for the Decriminalization of Sex Work

Ten Reasons to Fight for the Decriminalization of Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Ten Reasons to Fight for the Decriminalization of Sex Work
This is a great resource however the first slide that implies trans people are a third gender category is cissexist, transphobic and...
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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, April 19, 2015 3:22 PM

There will always be a demand to purchase sex. Criminalization has never and will never eliminate this demand.

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The Sex Trafficking White Slave Trade Stories Never End (Or, The Same Approach After All These Years)

The Sex Trafficking White Slave Trade Stories Never End (Or, The Same Approach After All These Years) | Sex Work | Scoop.it
In January, National Trafficking Awareness Month prompted me to hunt for one of the many books in my sex work history collection which would illustrate that it's the same old story ~ and worse, the...
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Otherwise known as The Sex Trafficking White Slave Trade Stories Never End (Or, The Same Approach After All These Years); history, repeating itself, culture, news...

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Comparing a 70's pulp to today...

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Sex. Law. And Other Musings.

Sex. Law. And Other Musings. | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Sex. Law. And Other Musings.
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An Aussie blog that may help sex workers.

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Porn In The UK

Porn In The UK | Sex Work | Scoop.it
You've probably heard about the new acts of censorship that went into effect Tuesday (December 1, 2014) in the UK. Part of the pornocalypse, these latest porn regulations were made via an amendment...
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Prostitution Law and the Death of Whores

Prostitution Law and the Death of Whores | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Twenty years ago I first asked two questions that continue to unsettle me today. The first is answerable: What does a woman who sells sex accomplish that leads to her being treated as fallen, beyond the pale, incapable of speaking for herself, discountable if she does speak, invisible as a member of society? The answer is she carries a stigma. The second question is a corollary: Why do most public conversations focus on laws and regulations aimed at controlling these stigmatized women rather than recognizing their agency? To that the answer is not so straightforward.

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New prostitution laws could be ‘disincentive’ for johns to report underage sex workers: Professor

New prostitution laws could be ‘disincentive’ for johns to report underage sex workers: Professor | Sex Work | Scoop.it
One of the lead detectives in the teen pimping investigation wants men who purchase women for sex to ensure their clients are over 18 and are willing participants, but an advocate for sex workers warns doing so might put johns…
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Oakland's Threat to Sex Workers

Oakland's Threat to Sex Workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A new eviction policy broadly targets prostitutes, and while the city argues that the law will help fight child trafficking, there's no data or evidence to back those claims.

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We condemn attacks on women at work, unless it’s sex work

We condemn attacks on women at work, unless it’s sex work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Angela Campbell is an associate professor in the Faculty of Law, McGill University


In a fortnight marked by intense media focus on sexual assault and harassment in the workplace, another news item – also bearing deep-seated gender implications – has moved far more discretely through the Canadian public circuit. Bill C-36, the federal government’s proposed new law to govern sex work, passed through Senate last week, and is now set to receive royal assent.

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Not criminals, not victims: Sex workers' lives thrown into chaos under new law

Not criminals, not victims: Sex workers' lives thrown into chaos under new law | Sex Work | Scoop.it
On Thursday, November 6, seven masked sex workers spoke at a press conference in Vancouver to give specifics on how Canada's new prostitution law will harm them.
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British Politicians Need to Look Out for Prostitutes | VICE | United Kingdom

British Politicians Need to Look Out for Prostitutes  | VICE | United Kingdom | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Unless they like the idea of women routinely facing violence, Westminster should put a bit more thought into the relevant legislation.
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Stop using "prostitute", but OK otherwise

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Charles Hill's Blog: The Unintended Consequences of Demand Side Reduction Strategies in the Market for Sex Work

Charles Hill's Blog: The Unintended Consequences of Demand Side Reduction Strategies in the Market for Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Historically Seattle, like many other cities, has targeted the suppliers of sex services, particularly lower end “street prostitutes” who reputedly ply their trade along places like North Aurora Avenue. More recently, there has been an attempt to reduce the demand for sex services by arresting and then shaming “Johns”.   This shift in tactics is a variant of what has come to be known as the Nordic model, since it was first tried in Sweden. In Sweden prostitution has been decriminalized, but purchasing sex has been criminalized. The shift in strategy is rooted in a view that sex workers are victims who enter their trade out of economic desperation and/or because “pimps” coerce them. Interestingly, this view is at odds with the position taken by many current and former sex workers, who claim that far from being victims, they are free agents who have made an economic choice to enter their chosen profession, and are not coerced by anyone

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‘I am not a criminal or a victim. I am a sex worker’

‘I am not a criminal or a victim. I am a sex worker’ | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Some sex workers, including Kate McGrew of RTÉ’s reality show Connected, believe a campaign to criminalise people who pay for sex is patronising and misguided
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