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Crime, Punishment, Race and Child Pornography

Doug Berman asks: Is there an ivy-leaguer exception to federal child porn charges?

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More Coverage of the FBI Freeing Sex Trafficked Children, But Arresting Likely Victims Over 18

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

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Study finds sexual trauma afflicts 15 percent of U.S. veterans

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

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Niger’s Failure to Protect Citizen from Enslavement Condemned by African Regional Court

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

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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

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Cheryl B. Preston, “Internet Porn, ICANN, and Families: A Call to Action”

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

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Robert Jensen, “Porn’s Dirty, Dangerous Secret”

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

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Man-Lovin’ Shoes

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

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The Sexual Exploitation of Women Dramatized and Documented

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

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“… 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

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Revenge Porn

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

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Judge Sentences Porn Producer Paul Little, aka Max Hardcore, To 46 Months In Prison

From the Tampa Tribune: His pornographic persona, Max Hardcore, is all swagger and sadism – 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

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Anne W. Eaton, “A Sensible Antiporn Feminsm”

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.

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Taina Bien-Aimé, “Still Time To Do The Right Thing” and pass the Wilberforce Act

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

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Do These Posters Make You Want To Vote? Or Do They Fill You With Despair?

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

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Kozinski Porn Site Update

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

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“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

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“Paradigm shifts and paying for sex”

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

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“Adjudicating Sexual Violence in Fits & Starts”

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

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“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

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H.R. 3887: William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2007

“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.

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Afghan women jailed for being victims of rape

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

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Yet Another Sex Trafficking Incident

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

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“The Price of Pleasure”

Website here. Trailer here. Synopsis here. Clips here.

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On the coerced prostitution of Iraqi Women and Girls

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

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Crime and Punishment

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.

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“Narrative and Sexual Consent: Compulsory Prostitution in Progressive era New York City”

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 – commonly called”white slavery”– received an unprecedented amount of attention from … Continue reading

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Pressure on servicewomen not to report assault

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

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Another Reason Not To Drink Guinness Beer

Account of a sexist and revolting Guinness commercial here. Via Bethany Offshack.

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“F Files” Interview with Robert Jensen

Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here. Part 4 is here. Part 5 is here. Part 6 is here.

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“Very Young Girls”

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

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“Islam vs. Christianity, Re: Feminism”

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

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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

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Pimp Empowerment

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. “I was getting ripped off,”he said.”There was no way to hold people … Continue reading

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NY Gov’t Leaders, Activists Urge Strong Senate Bill to Curb Human Trafficking

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

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“NOMAS supports Reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, HR 3887″

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

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“Max Hardcore” Convicted On Obscenity Charges

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

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Human Trafficking, Coercive Sex and Feministing

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

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Ann Bartow, “Pornography, Coercion, and Copyright Law 2.0″

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

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“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

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Fifth Carnival Against Pornography and Prostitution

Up at The Burning Times.

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Teenager Makes Rape Accusation Via YouTube Because She Says No One Else Will Listen

Whoa. Jezebel has the story and the clip.

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“Unwanted Sexual Contact, in Context”

Insider Higher Ed reports on on long term study here. Below is an excerpt: … The report, on”The Context of Unwanted Sexual Experiences”at UNH, is the latest product of a research project begun in 1988 and funded by the president’s … Continue reading

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Upcoming Conference at Brown: “Beyond Borders: Innovative Approaches to Combat Human Trafficking in the United States and Abroad”

May 24, 2008, 11:00 a.m. List Art Center Auditorium, 64 College Street, Providence According to the United Nations, over 12 million people worldwide are trafficked for forced labor or sexual exploitation every year. In the United States, an estimated 17,500 … Continue reading

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Intentional Sex Torts

Since 2005, four states have finally recognized that fraudulent inducement of sex is rape. Not just immoral, not just “boys being boys” behavior, but misappropriation of a woman’s personal right to choose who invades her body. Perhaps surprisingly, the first … Continue reading

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“Challenging Men’s Demand For Prostitution In Scotland”

Full report here (PDF). The research reflects a collaboration between the Women’s Support Project in Glasgow and Prostitute Research and Education in the U.S.. Links to press coverage of the report here. Via The Burning Times.

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Most Depressing Blog Post I Read Today

So far, anyway: This. Why does the blogger worry that feeling upset about a “manager” father who is pressuring his 18 year old daughter into porn and prostitution means she is “not as progressive as [she] thought”? Coercion and manipulation … Continue reading

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“How do You Keep A Social Movement Alive: Why We Can’t Wait”

That is the title of a post about sexual violence at Document The Silence, which in part suggests Wearing Red on April 30, 2008 in observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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“Prostitution, Politics and Policy” by Roger Matthews

From the publisher’s website: Governments in different parts of the world have been struggling to develop constructive policies to deal with prostitution – as, for example, the British Home Office recently instigated a £1.5 million programme to help address the … Continue reading

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10 Men Rape 17 Year Old, Imitating Porn

Sparkle*Matrix has an account of a recent horrifying porn-inspired rape.

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