Category Archives: Prostitution

A Feminist Theoretical Take on Virginity Auctions

Various press outlets (not linked here) have reported that a medical school student planned to auction her virginity and then cancelled that plan.  Over at Feminist Current, Elisa Haf writes thoughtfully about the situtation in “Student Virginity Auctions and Sexual Economics.” … Continue reading

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A feminist perspective on Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc.: Essentialism v. Pragmatism

Last week the Supreme Court held that the federal government cannot force organizations to maintain a policy explicitly opposing prostitution as a pre-condition to obtaining funds to combat HIV/AIDS worldwide.  The decision is widely read as a victory for freedom … Continue reading

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“Despite a cease-and-desist letter, Shautsova surmised that Primal Ventures, the host of, would not delete the [false] profile because it makes money whenever someone clicks on it.”

That is a sentence pulled from this article, which tells yet another story of someone using the internet to inflict misery on a former romantic partner.

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Read Kristof’s NYT Column Today If You Haven’t

Here. Below is an excerpt: …So bravo to the president for giving a major speech on human trafficking and, crucially, for promising greater resources to fight pimps and support those who escape the streets. Until recently, the Obama White House … Continue reading

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“Texas legislative panel to consider ways to help young victims of sex trafficking”

Story here. Below is an excerpt: As Dallas builds a locally funded treatment center to provide services for victims of sex traffickers, a state legislative committee is looking at whether Texas needs to do more to help others statewide. Dallas … Continue reading

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The Price of Sex: Film-maker risks life by going undercover to expose global trade in sex slaves

The official website for The Price of Sex is here. It provides this summary: The Price of Sex is a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who’ve been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse. Intimate, harrowing … Continue reading

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NYPD Pursues Father-Son Sex Trafficking Ring + Its Johns

Last week, the Manhattan DA’s office unveiled charges against a father and son accused of running a sex trafficking ring.  Six livery cab drivers were indicted for their roles in the operation as promoters of prostitution.  Both the two pimps … Continue reading

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NYT Profile of Bronx Prostitute: A Survivor

It’s difficult to know what to make of the 52, and Still Working the Streets, a “Character Study” in the December 30, 2011 edition of the New York Times.  Reporter Corey Kilgannon profiles Ms. Barbara Terry, a 52 year-old prostitute … Continue reading

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