Category Archives: Coerced Sex
In recent months I’ve read a number of posts at various feminist blogs discussing race and class issues with respect to wet nurses, nannies, maids, and natal surrogates. There seems to be a rough consensus that exploiting the bodies … Continue reading
William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 Passes House and Senate, But Offers Less Protection To Victims Compared with the 2007 House Version.
And the impetus for watering down the bill was of course Joe Biden, in collusion with Sam Brownback. The text of the 2008 version of the bill can be found here. The major changes in the 2008 version were in … Continue reading
That’s the title of this post at Jezebel, in which blogger Megan Carpentier writes fairly critically about a “charity porn” initiative to “Save African Orphans” that seems pretty appalling at every level. I’m a little uncomfortable with the tone of … Continue reading
Gender and Asylum: Reforming U.S. Law; and Recognizing the Difficulty of Internal Relocation for Women
On the topic of the intersection of gender and refugee law, two recent (admittedly unrelated) reports caught my eye. The first: Human Rights First released “How to Repair the U.S. Asylum System: Blueprint for the Next Administration.” Among the several … Continue reading
From here: Arturo Perez and Jesus Garcia are charged with promoting prostitution and trafficking for sexual servitude after police said they would make the 22-year-old from Mexico City have sex with up to seven men a day. To make her … Continue reading
So reports this BBC article, which starts out: Human rights organisation Amnesty International is calling on the Haitian government to do more to tackle the widespread rape of girls, often by gangs of armed men. The Amnesty International report is … Continue reading
From the publisher’s website: The industrialization of prostitution and the sex trade has created a multibillion-dollar global market, involving millions of women, that makes a substantial contribution to national and global economies. The Industrial Vagina examines how prostitution and other … Continue reading
Another Overview of William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (the TVPRA)
This is the Statement of Jessica Neuwirth, President of Equality Now, to the New York City Council 6/11/08: I want to start by thanking the New York City Council for this opportunity to testify on the subject of the William … Continue reading
Doug Berman asks: Is there an ivy-leaguer exception to federal child porn charges?
From CNN: … In the three-day operation, which began Thursday night, the FBI, along with local and state law enforcement agencies, took the 46 girls and one boy — all of them U.S. citizens ages 13 to 17 — into … Continue reading
From Reuters: Nearly 15 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans seeking medical care from the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department have suffered sexual trauma, from harassment to rape, researchers reported on Tuesday. … … Most veterans who were affected were women, … Continue reading
As reported at IntLawGrrls, the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice) on Monday, October 27th, condemned member state Niger for its failure to protect its citizen Hadijatou Mani … Continue reading
47 children were rescued in a mass arrest targeting pimps who forced children into prostitution, but 518 adult prostitutes were arrested.
Story here. Below is an excerpt: … The FBI said the roundup by federal, state and local law enforcement occurred in 29 cities, adding that the raids dismantled 12 large-scale prostitution operations run through call services, truck stops, casinos and … Continue reading
The abstract: Although the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) technically does not regulate Internet content, its day-to-day decisions consistently influence not only the structure of the Internet, but its content as well. ICANN policies concerning the approval … Continue reading
Below are the first couple of paragraphs from his essay: There are a finite number of ways that human bodies can be placed together sexually, and as one pornography industry veteran lamented to me at the annual trade show, “they’ve … Continue reading
From the October 21, 2008 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education: Sixty-three fraternity members from Centre College donned identical red pumps and hobbled en masse through downtown Danville, Ky., last week as part of “Walk a Mile in Her … Continue reading
Trade is a movie that dramatizes sex trafficking. The movie’s web site asserts: The practice of slavery in the US is something most people think ended with the 13th Amendment in 1865, but in recent years it has returned in … Continue reading
“… if you’re going to talk about how far we’ve come when it comes to porn, if you’re going to posit Paul “Max Hardcore” Little as the latest victim of the Bush administration, if you’re going to lament one more strike against your First Amendment rights, you should bear witness as to what a porn star drenched in vomit looks like.”
That’s a quote from (link is to a NSFW site) Susannah Breslin, in her response to a Salon column by Glenn Greenwald. Greenwald sets up a false dichotomy between the DoJ’s prosecution of pornographer Max Hardcore, and governmental performance and … Continue reading
Jezebel overview here. I discussed revenge porn in this article, explaining why copyright law as currently configured doesn’t have much to offer victims, but could be changed so that it did. –Ann Bartow
From the Tampa Tribune: His pornographic persona, Max Hardcore, is all swagger and sadism â€“ forcing women in his movies to do things that can’t be described in a family newspaper. But in federal court today, as he faced a … Continue reading
Published in Symposia on Gender, Race and Philosophy (Spring 2008). Downloadable here. In addition: Commentaries by Patrick D. Hopkins, Rae Langton, Ishani Maitra, Laurie Shrage. Reply by A.W. Eaton. Via Feminist Philosophers.
Reposted from the Huffpo: As she poetically recounts her chilling life story in her recently published book, The Road of Lost Innocence, Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery as a young girl in Cambodia. The reader is confronted with … Continue reading
Nayeli Rodriguez observes at the XX Factor: Declare Yourself isn’t alone in its tendency to threaten and alienate its audience despite better intentions. The “Vote or Die” campaign that began in 2000 promotes its own violent message, particularly when organizer … Continue reading
Back in July Karen Gullo of Bloomberg News reported: Five federal judges will probe possible ethics violations by U.S. Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, head of a San Francisco-based appeals court, related to the posting of sexually explicit photos on the … Continue reading
“A lawyer was suspended for more than a year for accepting nude dances from a stripper as partial payment for the legal fees she owed him.”
Yeesh… The linked article also notes: “While she agreed to the performances, the client contended he touched her inappropriately during those dances, and she went to police in 2002 with sexual assault allegations.” I can guess why he was never … Continue reading
Brilliant essay by S. M Berg, below is an excerpt … The old prostitution paradigm sees prostitution as a women’s problem and thusly suggests fixing women as the solution. Identifiers of the old paradigm that circles around prostituted women are: … Continue reading
That’s the title of a detailed post at IntLawGrrls that starts out as follows: When compared to the state of the law prior to their establishment, the ad hoc international criminal tribunals:namely the Yugoslavia (ICTY), Rwanda (ICTR) and Sierra Leone … Continue reading
“A new report by the Poppy Project has found that there are over 921 brothels in London being advertised in newspapers with a “large and growing” number of young women who are trafficked as sex slaves.”
BBC story here. Via Jezebel. If you want to help trafficked people in this country, support passage of this. And fight the Bush funded, women hating disinformation campaign. –Ann Bartow
“To authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2008 through 2011 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, to enhance measures to combat trafficking in persons, and for other purposes.” Information here.
I am re-posting the entire article because of its terminal sentence: Beneath the anonymity of the sky-blue burqa, Saliha’s slender frame and voice betray her young age.Asked why she was serving seven years in jail alongside hardened insurgents and criminals, … Continue reading
Too common for much press coverage apparently, but there was this: Authorities: Kidnapped girl rescued at motel ABSECON — Police arrested a Vineland man and three other people after a Massachusetts girl called her mother to report she was being … Continue reading
Website here. Trailer here. Synopsis here. Clips here.
Here. Below is a short excerpt: The most moving part of her e-mail was her description of a visit to prostituted Iraqi girls in a Syrian prison.”I spoke to some of them,”Ms. Adel writes,”and they said they would rather be … Continue reading
Crime. (Via.) Prospective help for the victim and people like her. (See also.) Support the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Thank you and good night. –Ann Bartow ETA: See also.
Abstract: This paper analyzes testimony about forced prostitution voiced in New York City’s Court of General Sessions from 1908 to 1915. During these years, the problem of coercive prostitution â€“ commonly called”white slavery”â€“ received an unprecedented amount of attention from … Continue reading
Rep. Louise Slaughter: DoD Shirks Congressional Oversight of Sexual Assault in the Military Last Thursday, I gave testimony on sexual assault in the military at a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee oversight hearing. Kaye Whitley, director of the Department’s … Continue reading
Account of a sexist and revolting Guinness commercial here. Via Bethany Offshack.
Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here. Part 4 is here. Part 5 is here. Part 6 is here.
A documentary: Very Young Girls is a documentary film that chronicles the journey of young women through the underground world of sexual exploitation in New York City. A 14-year-old girl is lured from her home, beaten, raped, held captive, and … Continue reading
That’s the title of this interesting post at Screaming Into The Void. Amananta writes in part: Given there are only 300 million people living in America, and approximately 1 billion estimated in”the Muslim World”, given that most women killed by … Continue reading
How much prostitute sex does a woman who is not a prostitute have to displace, to effectively lower a nation’s HIV transmission rate?
That’s a question some economists are vigorously debating. Yes, high HIV transmission rates are apparently the fault of women who are not putting out enough, and therefore driving men to disease ridden prostitutes. Feel free to unpack that, and all … Continue reading
A few short excerpts from this NYT article: Mr. Elms said that he started The Erotic Review in 1999 because he wanted to empower the customers of prostitutes. â€œI was getting ripped off,”he said.”There was no way to hold people … Continue reading
The following is an excerpt of a press release from Rep. Maloney in December 2007: Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), New York City Council Member Helen Sears (D-Jackson Heights), and other leaders in the fight against human trafficking rallied … Continue reading
The National Organization of Men Against Sexism gets it. The organization stands with decent people everywhere in opposing human trafficking, and affirms the following: The U.S. law addressing the crime of Sex Trafficking, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act 0f 2000, … Continue reading
This is notable because I think it may be the only non-child-pornography obscenity conviction obtained by the Bush Justice Department during the past seven plus years. The indictment came down just over a year ago, and can be viewed here. … Continue reading
I’m having a difficult time understanding this post at Feministing. As far as I can tell, the post author prefers that the federal government NOT “waste time” investigating cases where pimps claim that trafficked, prostituted people are “free to leave.” … Continue reading
Abstract: The lack of regulation of the production of pornography in the United States leaves pornography performers exposed to substantial risks. Producers of pornography typically respond to attempts to regulate pornography as infringements upon free speech. At the same time, … Continue reading
“Equality Now has issued Women’s Action 30.1, India: The Demand for Sex Trafficking: Holding Commercial Sex Buyers Accountable”
Government and NGO reports estimate that there are from hundreds of thousands to millions of women and girls prostituted in India, many of whom are victims of sex trafficking. The majority of women prostituted and trafficked within India are from”lower”(scheduled) … Continue reading
Up at The Burning Times.
Whoa. Jezebel has the story and the clip.