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Is the DOJ Forcing Banks to Terminate the Accounts of Porn Stars? | VICE News

Is the DOJ Forcing Banks to Terminate the Accounts of Porn Stars? | VICE News | Sex Work | Scoop.it

It’s called Operation Choke Point, and it has nothing to do with deep-throating.


Instead, it’s a targeted effort to shut down as many as 30 separate industries by making it impossible for them to access banking services.


In a Wall Street Journal op-ed Thursday, American Bankers Association CEO Frank Keating wrote that the Justice Department is “telling bankers to behave like policemen and judges.”


“Operation Choke Point is asking banks to identify customers who may be breaking the law or simply doing something government officials don’t like,” Keating wrote. “Banks must then ‘choke off’ those customers’ access to financial services, shutting down their accounts.”


Keating said the highly secretive operation was launched in early 2013. That’s when porn stars started to complain to the media that their bank accounts were being shut down without explanation.

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Sex workers fight back: ‘It’s my choice to be here’

Sex workers fight back: ‘It’s my choice to be here’ | Sex Work | Scoop.it
THE AUSTRALIAN sex work industry has fought back against claims that most sex workers are abused and forced to enter the industry against their own will.
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My life as a call-girl: Mum-of-one tells how she was inspired by movie to give up law degree and become a hooker

My life as a call-girl: Mum-of-one tells how she was inspired by movie to give up law degree and become a hooker | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A SATURDAY job in massage parlour led to work as call girl and a champion of sex workers' rights.


GROWING up in a strict Irish Catholic family, Laura Lee was lined up for a respectable career as a lawyer.

 

But after watching a film about a hooker, Laura astonishingly decided she wanted to become a call girl.

 



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Las Vegas is 'sugar daddy' central, website claims

Las Vegas is 'sugar daddy' central, website claims | Sex Work | Scoop.it
If you're a lady looking to be taken care of then you're living in the right spot, at least according to a Las Vegas-based website.

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Just Sign on The Dotted Line- The Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath

"Just Sign on The Dotted Line: The Anti Prostitution Loyalty Oath" narrated by Cosi Fabian, presents a history of a policy regulating provision of foreign aid. The policy requires that recipients of USAID funds sign an oath that they will not support sex workers' rights. This policy is a telling example of how the U.S. exports repressive ideologies through conditions set for foreign aid recipients.


Compiled for all those interested in sex workers issues and human rights, this video timeline and accompanying resources provide a comprehensive course in the history of, and resistance to "The Pledge."

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Dan Savage: How does Dan feel about the rights of sex workers? - YouTube

"How does Dan feel about the rights of sex workers?" Follow Dan Savage on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DanSavage Follow Dan Savage on Twitter: https://...
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I don't know who Dan Savage is but he make some good points about the issue of legalizing prostitution...

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How To Be an Ex-Porn Star: 10 Tips on Taking a Break from APAC VP Conner Habib

How To Be an Ex-Porn Star: 10 Tips on Taking a Break from APAC VP Conner Habib | Sex Work | Scoop.it
One of the most common – and offensive – questions that porn performers get from viewers is, “what are you going to do after this?” It’s as if porn star can’t exist, be looked at and wished upon, without viewers imagining that same star collapsing. Or perhaps better said, some fans have trouble meeting porn stars without expressing their anxieties of having watched. Another way of saying, “What will you do after this” is “I’ll stop watching you some day!” or “One day you won’t be desirable anymore!”

It’s just rude for fans to ask that question. But it is important for performers to be able to have an answer. Maybe not a complete one, but some gesture toward an answer somewhere.
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About Those Cheap Callers & Clients...

About Those Cheap Callers & Clients... | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Aside from the services of a sex worker truly being a luxury purchase, it’s important for callers to realize that sex workers are like other service providers (like doctors, accountants, construction contractors, marketing consultants, etc.), and so they can’t ask for discounts. As services are
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Canada’s new prostitution law explained with LEGO bricks - YouTube

John and Sally get busted for prostitution by a police officer who tries to explain the new law.
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If you are an adult model who has thought about a members site...

If you are an adult model who has thought about a members site... | Sex Work | Scoop.it
If you are an adult model who has thought about running a members site, but haven’t done so because it would be too expensive, time consuming or difficult to set up on your own, I suggest using...
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Graphic Depictions, Scene 02

Graphic Depictions, Scene 02 | Sex Work | Scoop.it
That’s one of the things I find most appealing about directing: if I only achieve 80 or 97% of what I’m after I can look over my own choices and figure out how to get the remaining percentage next time. When the end result is close to total success, I can feel satisfied about having picked the right people to help me achieve it.

But back to the video in question…

The audience is an immediate audience within Graphic Depictions, but also a stand-in for the actual audience: the largely anonymous internet. In the same way performing in a stage production leaves me blind to all but the vaguest facial features of the front row, a performer whose work is distributed on video has little concrete idea of who their audience is.
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Amsterdam sex workers protest window closures in Red Light District

Amsterdam sex workers protest window closures in Red Light District | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Prostitutes and supporters told Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan that window closures are depriving them of safe workplaces
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Tips For PSOs & Cam Girls Getting Started

Tips For PSOs & Cam Girls Getting Started | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Anonymous said: pso question! how did you navigate thru your first call ever? ive been trying but it's difficult when you don't know what you're good at. do you just try different topics until you...
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Applies to many forms of sex work.

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The Review: American Courtesans (2013)

The Review:  American Courtesans (2013) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

AMERICAN COURTESANS is a documentary collecting interviews with a number of women who work or have worked in the sex trade industry, where they discuss their lives and careers from their childhoods to their current lives as escorts, producers, and activists.  I felt it was a great film, and it did a good job of showing the true face of the industry, good and bad.


The main interviewer is Kristen DiAngelo, who is also interviewed by one of the stars, sharing her own story while supporting others as they tell theirs.  I think this works well because it is honest about the context of the film maker, saying openly that this is her story, just like the other stories, take it as it is.


In the film, the stories of the women are sorted by stages rather than chronologically: childhoods compared, initiations into the industry compared, and so on.  While the ages of the courtesans means the stories happened at different times, the technique works to show how similar and yet different each one is.  Some had abusive parents, others had supportive parents; some had truly horrific introductions to the industry, some had positive experiences.  By the end you see how different they were, as well as how similar the challenges they faced have been.

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Short Video Interview with Porn Star Dean Van Damme

This British performer is also a tattooed model and producer/camera man of his own adult films. Big and sweet! He stars in Power Pussy and A Talk Too Dirty.
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Debunking 6 Myths about People in the Sex Industry

Debunking 6 Myths about People in the Sex Industry | Sex Work | Scoop.it
With inaccurate media representations and the cultural stigma, there are a lot of misconceptions about people in the sex industry. We too often fail to see the complexity and diversity in who is engaged in commercial sex, why they’re doing it, and the degree of consent and coercion involved. These
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PiggyBankGirls - Erotic Crowdfunding

PiggyBankGirls - Erotic Crowdfunding | Sex Work | Scoop.it
What is PiggyBankGirls all about? The idea came from talking to girls that are either in the erotic business or just the typical girl next door. Girls told  @PiggyBankGirls
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I Was A Streetwalker For A Night

I Was A Streetwalker For A Night | Sex Work | Scoop.it

I became a prostitute for a night. Not a high-class escort (the logistics seemed too daunting for an amateur like me) just a regular hooker out on the street. That would be simple enough, right?  All I had to do was go downtown where the real working girls congregated, all dolled up and dressed in my very sluttiest outfit.


I had no clue what to expect exactly, but that’s what made it all so exciting. Curiosity, as Victor Hugo famously opined, is a woman’s most powerful instinct. I was plenty apprehensive. But that, too, simply added to the excitement, the adrenaline rush. Maybe a tingle of sexual excitement as well?

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A&E Completely Misunderstands the Reality of Sex Workers

A&E Completely Misunderstands the Reality of Sex Workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
8 Minutes turns a financial choice into a moral reckoning.
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As you'd expect, there's lots of heated discussion.

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Masturbation & Relationship Facts

Masturbation & Relationship Facts | Sex Work | Scoop.it
As a former escort, I can’t help but feel that beneath all this concern about “virtual sex being cheating” lies a fear and loathing of sex workers.
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Sink hole mystery: Tunnel to a 19th century brothel causes traffic chaos in city centre - Herald.ie

Sink hole mystery: Tunnel to a 19th century brothel causes traffic chaos in city centre - Herald.ie | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Dublin's Dame Street was brought to a halt on Tuesday when a two-foot section of the road collapsed.

A six-feet-deep hole appeared at the George's Street junction, around 100 metres from the Olympia Theatre, and was cordoned off from traffic and pedestrians by council workers.

Last night, historian Gerry Cooley told the Herald that an old cellar discovered in the hole could be part of a "long-rumoured tunnel" used by 19th century politicians to go to brothels.

"The King of England closed down the House of Commons and House of Lords in Ireland during the time when politicians were spending too much time in the brothels," Mr Cooley said.
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Taylor Swift buys porn site domains

Taylor Swift buys porn site domains | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Taylor Swift is the proud owner of many enviable items:

Gorgeous kitties, legs that go on forever, seven Grammy’s and err, two porn site domains. The pop goddess has reportedly purchased the rights to two rather questionable websites, TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult so that no one else out there can make money off her name, or porn.


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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 28, 12:41 AM

It's exactly what I would do.

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Open Idaho Brothels…In 1989?

Open Idaho Brothels…In 1989? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Open Idaho Brothels...In 1989?: Openly-run brothels? In Idaho? In 1989? It turns out local tradition is a powerful force. Here’s part of an article from the Idaho Statesman in 1989: Wallace defends prostitution: “A mining town needs brothels"

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...And then what happened? *sigh*

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Lessons In Winnipeg Whores

Lessons In Winnipeg Whores | Sex Work | Scoop.it
While not all sex workers are into reclaiming the word "whore," I personally don't mind it at all. (I understand the political implications and significance of the most appropriate terms "sex work"...
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Rob Duke's curator insight, March 29, 7:32 PM

I think reclaiming a word is a good thing.  See the work of Jacques Derrida: words are only important as there meanings relate to other words.  They're nonsense sounds until we make them mean something.

Gracie Passette's curator insight, April 3, 8:42 AM

Old folk songs about sex workers.

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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, 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, 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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