Sex Trafficking Conference, April 2-4, McAllen, TX

The Women’s Studies Committee of South Texas College announces the 2008 Sex Trafficking Conference. It will take place during April 2-4 at South Texas College – Pecan Campus, 3201 West Pecan Boulevard, McAllen, TX.

Proposals for papers, panels and roundtables will be accepted through February 20. Topics may include:

  • The nature and causes behind the growing demand for services performed by persons who are trafficked

  • The causes and effects of sex and labor trafficking

  • Organized sex tourism

  • Enslaved prostitution

  • Strategies for reducing the global practice of sex and labor trafficking 
See this call for papers for more information.

See also:

GENDER AND JUSTICE Conference, March 28-29, Costa Mesa, CA

Call for Contributions: The Art of Resistance: Creative Writings on Prostitution
Deadline: September 15, 2008

Call to Action: Ask the Valley Advocate’s New Owner to Drop the Sex Ads
Many of the escort ads in the Advocate appear to be blatant come-ons for prostitution. The life of these escorts is miserable… “In one study, 75% of women in escort prostitution had attempted suicide. Prostituted women comprised 15% of all completed suicides reported by hospitals.”

“New York Press No Longer Marketing Arm for Prostitution/Trafficking”

MSNBC Investigates Human Trafficking and Prostitution in the US; Valley Advocate Advertises “Foreign Fantasies” Where “Everything Goes”

Pornography Trains and Indoctrinates Prostitutes
In a study of 475 people in prostitution (including women, men, and the transgendered) from five countries (South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, USA, and Zambia)…92% stated that they wanted to escape prostitution immediately…

New York Times: “The Girls Next Door”; Worldwide Sex Trafficking; Role of Porn
Most girls burn out quickly, generally within 2-4 years. Law enforcement often fails to perceive trafficking as a serious problem, or even participates in the trade, as do elements of the media, which run traffickers’ ads for “models” and “nannies”…

Realities of Teen Prostitution Mock Notions of ‘Sex Work’, ‘Sex-Positive’, ‘Freedom’ and ‘Empowerment’; Media Glamorizes Pimps