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Are Sex Workers’ Rights Becoming Thinkable?

Are Sex Workers’ Rights Becoming Thinkable? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

In most countries, the concept of sex workers’ human rights has been unthinkable for the last few millennia. As Bubbles, the co-founder of the blog Tits and Sass, has observed, “Sex workers are generally portrayed as victims or punchlines.”

 

Recent political developments, however, suggest some growing political awareness of sex workers as human beings.

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Supreme Court verdict could decriminalize sex work

Supreme Court verdict could decriminalize sex work | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Vancouver sex workers are optimistically awaiting a final verdict from Canada's highest court six years in the making that could see prostitution largely decriminalized.
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Does banning prostitution make women safer? The perils of interviews | The Naked Anthropologist

Does banning prostitution make women safer? The perils of interviews | The Naked Anthropologist | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Laura Agustín interviewed in New Scientist magazine under the title Does Banning Prostitution Make Women Safer?
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In Thailand, a Tough Life for Burma’s Male Sex Workers

In Thailand, a Tough Life for Burma’s Male Sex Workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it

In the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, Burmese migrants sell their bodies for sex at “show bars” or other entertainment venues. The bars are legal, but it is illegal for migrants to work at them. As a result, many male sex workers do not seek medical assistance if they contract sexually transmitted diseases because they do not want to reveal their source of income.

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Feminists confront sex work laws - World - NZ Herald News

Feminists confront sex work laws - World - NZ Herald News | Sex Work | Scoop.it
On Berlin's Kurfurstenstrasse, they are out in force - women in their late teens to late 40s, some of them perhaps older but dressed to look younger.
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Talk of changing laws regarding sex work in Germany.

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Thai anti-trafficking measures prove controversial

Thai anti-trafficking measures prove controversial | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Local authorities and American Evangelicals are currently working on reduction of sex trafficking in Thailand. But, some sex industry workers say they haven't been trafficked, and are calling for a stop to the measures.

 

...But while Thai law enforcement authorities are trying to meet this quota by pulling sex workers out of brothels, there is little evidence to suggest that the sex workers they are rescuing are actually victims of trafficking.

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MP Steph Key places ad in adult section in campaign to legalise sex workers

MP Steph Key places ad in adult section in campaign to legalise sex workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it

LABOR MP Steph Key is asking customers of sex workers to support her push to legalise prostitution by contacting their local MP.


Ms Key has placed an ad in the adult relaxation services in the classified section of tomorrow's Advertiser.

 

It reads: "Support sex workers by supporting my Bill to decriminalise sex work in SA. Contact your local state MP and indicate your support."

 

Ms Key has introduced a Bill to State Parliament to decriminalise all forms of sex work for people aged 18 and over, make it illegal to discriminate against a sex worker and wipe clean past convictions.

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The Merseyside Model–Why Crimes Against Prostitutes Are Hate Crimes

The Merseyside Model–Why Crimes Against Prostitutes Are Hate Crimes | Sex Work | Scoop.it

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No, Texas Law Does Not Say You Can Shoot an Escort Who Refuses to Have Sex

No, Texas Law Does Not Say You Can Shoot an Escort Who Refuses to Have Sex | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A misreading of the verdict in an upsetting Texas case has gone viral, since Gawker claimed: “Texas Says It's OK to Shoot an Escort If She Won't Have Sex With You.” Texas law does not say that, and the jury didn’t either. This story looks very different depending on if you are looking at the law or the reporting.


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The danger may not be where you think it is in Texas

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It's is horrible & shocking enough, without the "salcious sex worker" angle.

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Would Scalia Strike Down 2257 on Fourth Amendment Grounds?

Would Scalia Strike Down 2257 on Fourth Amendment Grounds? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A Salon article published today outlines the extent to which Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, for whom there is generally no love lost among the perennially liberal, actually finds common ground with left-leaning SCOTUS colleagues when it comes to a “raft” of Fourth Amendment cases.

 

The Fourth Amendment, for those who have forgotten, reads, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

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Women's coalition plans to argue against legalizing prostitution

Women's coalition plans to argue against legalizing prostitution | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A coalition of groups preparing to intervene in a Supreme Court of Canada hearing into the future of this country's prostitution laws is advocating for a "third way" that would ensure sex workers aren't turned into criminals while ensuring johns and pimps can still be prosecuted for buying and selling women and girls.

 

The Women's Coalition for the Abolition of Prostitution -- which includes a number of organizations including the Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres, the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and the Vancouver-based Rape Relief and Women's Shelter -- is among more than a dozen interveners in a hearing scheduled for June 13.

 

The hearing stems from an Ontario Court of Appeal decision that struck down the Criminal Code ban on bawdy houses last year because the law puts sex workers in danger by forcing them to work outside.

 

The case has revealed deep divisions among organizations that work with and advocate for the women -- often poor, drug addicted, and in many cases trafficked from outside Canada -- working in the sex trade. Some groups are advocating for a form of legalization, while others insist prostitution must remain against the law.

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S.F. law enforcement to stop using condoms to arrest, prosecute sex workers

S.F. law enforcement to stop using condoms to arrest, prosecute sex workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Police and prosecutors in San Francisco will no longer use condoms as evidence when arresting and charging sex workers, according to an agreement announced Tuesday between The City’s law enforcement agencies and the Human Rights Commission.

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Litigation for Emancipation | Cult of Gracie

Litigation for Emancipation | Cult of Gracie | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Litigation for Emancipation is a GoFundMe project to raise enough funds to begin a federal court case proposed by Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project (ESPLER). ESPLER’s legal battle aims to advance our sexual privacy rights by attacking the prostitution law of the state of California on the grounds that morality is not a basis for legislation.

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In the video, you'll hear from First Amendment and constitutional rights attorney H. Louis Sirkin about the legal issues and history of prostituion involved in this case.

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Canadian court strikes down anti-prostitution laws

Canadian court strikes down anti-prostitution laws | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Canada's highest court struck down the country's anti-prostitution laws in their entirety Friday, including against keeping a brothel.
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Alex Salazar's curator insight, February 12, 10:27 AM

This article is about the Canadian Supreme Court throwing away three laws that made life hard for prostitutes.

Luke French's comment, February 15, 6:35 AM
I feel that the Canadian Supreme Court took a step in the right direction with the abolition of these three laws. Life is hard enough without unnecessary laws making it harder.
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The Scarlet Isle: the politics of male sex work in Ireland

The Scarlet Isle: the politics of male sex work in Ireland | Sex Work | Scoop.it

When the topic of prostitution is raised within so-called polite company, two stereotypes generally spring to mind: the drug-dependent street walker under the control of her low-life criminal pimp, and the high-end escort with Hollywood good looks. In other words, prostitution – or (as we prefer) sex work – tends to be seen as a woman’s game, and a game of extremes. The reality of the situation is that the majority of sex workers lie somewhere between these two extremes.

 

Meanwhile, raise the topic of male sex work and your polite company might recall American Gigolo (1980), about a handsome heterosexual male escort, or Midnight Cowboy (1969), where a straight street hustler has to resort to “gay for pay” sex work to survive. Or they might just snigger at the idea, remembering the comedic Duece Bigolo: Male Gigolo (1999).

 

Put simply, we tend not to take the issue of male sex work seriously.

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About sex work and laws about it in Ireland ~ but great reading for any location really.

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State laws, police practices contribute to 'HIV epidemic' in Louisiana, report says

State laws, police practices contribute to 'HIV epidemic' in Louisiana, report says | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Report claims police unfairly arrest sex workers for carrying condoms, chides state law for criminalizing syringe possession
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A 57-page report, "In Harm's Way: State Response to Sex Workers, Drug Users, and HIV in New Orleans," reveals what we already know...

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Prostitution as a Legal Institution

Prostitution as a Legal Institution | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Prof. Ronald Weitzer argues that prostitution should be treated as a legal commercial transaction. He finds that much of the conventional wisdom on the sex trade is the result of generalizing from experience under legal regimes where it is criminalized. He argues that in a legally tolerant regime, many of the problems we observe today would vanish.

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Part of the Cato series on sex work.

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France introduces fines for buying sex

France introduces fines for buying sex | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A draft law that goes before the French parliament this week – and which has a good chance of passing in some form – will introduce a €1,500 (£1,250) fine, rising to €3,000 at the second offence, for prostitutes’ clients. Paradoxically, the proposed law would also make it easier for women, or men, to offer their bodies for sale on the streets. It would increase state funds to help prostitutes seek different lives. It would make it easier for foreign prostitutes to denounce traffickers and remain legally in France.

 

Supporters say this is a long overdue attempt to end the hypocrisies and contradictions surrounding prostitution in France. At present, prostitution is illegal in principle, but it is not illegal to be a prostitute. It is illegal to run a brothel or to be a pimp or to solicit even “passively” in public. It is not illegal to sell your body – or “buy” someone else’s.

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Activists Block Atlanta Prostitution Banishment Plan, Propose Alternatives

Activists Block Atlanta Prostitution Banishment Plan, Propose Alternatives | Sex Work | Scoop.it

(APN) ATLANTA -- After opposition from progressive activists, Mayor Kasim Reed agreed to pull a proposal to banish prostitutes from certain parts of the City of Atlanta, known as the Stay Out of Areas of Prostitution (SOAP) ordinance.

 

Now, a work group of stakeholders including a contingent of activists, convened by the City of Atlanta, is holding meetings to discuss various alternatives to banishment that would address prostitution in Atlanta.

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What India’s Sex Workers Want: Power, Not Rescue

What India’s Sex Workers Want: Power, Not Rescue | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Anu Mokal wasn't breaking the law when she was out walking with her friend last year, yet to the police, her very existence was criminal. As a sex worker in the Indian state of Maharashtra, she lives under various laws aimed at criminalizing the sex trade, supposedly to protect women from exploitation. But it was the law that became her assailant that day when a police officer viciously attacked her, hurling insults and beating her severely.

 

Mokal pleaded that she was pregnant, but—according to Meena Seshu, founder and general secretary of SANGRAM, a sex workers’ rights and anti-HIV/AIDS organization—the officer accused her of lying and said sex workers had "no right to be mothers." A few weeks after the assault, she miscarried.

 

India has not outlawed sex work itself, but sex workers face various restrictions on related activities such as soliciting in public or pimping. The law had left her defenseless, however, against the violence of the state. Fortunately, another advocate stepped in on her behalf: SANGRAM and its affiliated sex worker activist collective, Veshya Anyay Mukti Parishad (VAMP). The activists demanded that Maharashtra politicians investigate the beating and institute reforms, including a grievance commission to address abuses of sex workers' human rights.

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Risky business

Risky business | Sex Work | Scoop.it

So many of the dangers of sex work come from the laws and stigma surrounding it. Sex workers do not deserve violence or rape; these are not inherent dangers of the job. They’re things that happen because society chooses to demonize sex workers, to erase our value.

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Aussie sex workers urge government to grant skilled work visas

Aussie sex workers urge government to grant skilled work visas | Sex Work | Scoop.it

While laws vary from state to state, prostitution in some form is legal throughout the nation. But sex work is not included among the approved professions eligible for entry under the 457 visa. The Australian Sex Workers Association, also known as the Scarlet Alliance, wants to change that.

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Sex workers rally at Parliament House to decriminalise prostitution

Sex workers rally at Parliament House to decriminalise prostitution | Sex Work | Scoop.it

AN ALLIANCE of sex workers are lobbying state MPs to support a legal bid to decriminalise prostitution.

 

Labor MP Steph Key has introduced a Bill to State Parliament which would decriminalise all forms of sex work for people aged over 18, make it illegal to discriminate against a sex worker and wipe clean past convictions.

 

Yesterday, members of the Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association, SA South Australian Sex Industry Network and Sex Worker Action Group: Gaining Empowerment, Rights & Recognition joined forces to rally on the steps of Parliament.

 

A previous attempt to decriminalise sex work by Ms Key was rejected by one vote last November.

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Promoting Human Rights versus Promoting Prostitution

Promoting Human Rights versus Promoting Prostitution | Sex Work | Scoop.it

People have always bought and sold sex, sometimes risking shame or punishment. But these days, simply helping a sex worker can have costly legal and financial consequences.

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Transcript of this oral arguments before Supreme Court on anti-prostitution pledge

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