Guardian: “Why men use prostitutes”

From the January 15 Guardian, Julie Bindel continues her outstanding coverage of this subject. This article is based on an international study of 700 men who buy sex: Why men use prostitutes Research published in 2005 found that the numbers of men who pay for sex had doubled in a decade…… most of them told […]

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National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

January 11 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. 80% of transnational victims of human trafficking are women and girls. Visit the Polaris Project‘s page on Change.org to get informed and help pass anti-trafficking legislation.The Reverend Elizabeth Kaeton, an Episcopal priest in New Jersey, blogs at Telling Secrets about social justice and feminist issues in the […]

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New York Times: “For Runaways, Sex Buys Survival”

Those who speak about “choice” in prostitution should consider the choices faced by the young and homeless. The New York Times reports on 10/27/09: For Runaways, Sex Buys Survival…Most of the estimated 1.6 million children who run away each year return home within a week. But for those who do not, the desperate struggle to […]

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Iceland Criminalizes Strip Clubs

Object, a UK organization, has kindly given us permission to reprint the following bulletin from their Stripping the Illusion July 2009 update: case study: Iceland“We have now shown that we understand the connection between pornography, prostitution and human trafficking.” Gudrun Jonsdotti, spokesperson for Stigamot, an Icelandic sexual violence support center.“A complete victory has been achieved […]

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Boston Globe: “New laws treat teen prostitutes as abuse victims”

The 4/18/09 Boston Globe reports on a welcome change of attitude towards prostituted girls: By the time she was 8, Amanda had been sexually abused by her father’s friend for four years. At 12, she was peddling crack. At 14, she was selling sex on the sidewalk. Her pimp beat her weekly to keep her […]

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Attorneys General Press Craigslist about Ads for Prostitution and Other Illegal Activities

We are pleased to relay this 5/4/09 news release from the office of Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster: Attorney General Chris Koster to meet with craigslist — Koster to express concerns about ads for prostitution and other illegal activities; will demand stronger enforcement by company — Jefferson City, Mo. — Attorney General Chris Koster will […]

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Abolishing Prostitution: The Swedish Solution – An Interview with Gunilla Ekberg by the Rain and Thunder Collective

Rain and Thunder has kindly made this interview available for us to share with you. You may also download it as a PDF (33KB). Abolishing Prostitution: The Swedish Solution An Interview with Gunilla Ekberg by the Rain and Thunder Collective Published in Rain and Thunder: A Radical Feminist Journal of Discussion and Activism, Issue 41, […]

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Springfield Republican: “Springfield to continue fight against adult viewing booths”

We applaud Springfield officials for not giving up on Apremont Triangle. The Republican reports today that the city is still interested in closing the viewing booths at the Amazing.net porn shop there. The booths are associated with health risks, economic blight, harassment of residents, and prostitution around the store. Springfield to continue fight against adult […]

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Hampden Superior Court Lets Capital Video Reopen Viewing Booths in Springfield; A Proposed Solution

Bad news for Springfield’s Apremont Triangle last month. Hampden County Superior Court ruled that Capital Video’s Amazing.net porn shop there can reopen its viewing booths. One of Charlie Ryan’s last acts as the Mayor of Springfield was to deny Capital Video a 2008 entertainment license for these booths. The Court wants to see more evidence […]

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How to Deter Johns from Buying Sex

Far from the common belief that ‘prostitution will always be with us’, it’s not that hard to deter johns from buying sex. These two articles present the results of a survey of 110 Scottish men between the ages of 18 and 77 who had paid for sex: Sex industry in Scotland: Name and shame the […]

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