Survival Sex: A Violent, Dangerous Game

November 21, 2016

At the fringes of the sex industry in the north of England, men and women are selling sex to survive. Any local pizza parlor, on any given day. Bright lights, cheap plastic, the smell of frying grease. Men hanging around the cramped tables, coddling beer bottles, chatting. The owner lets a woman...

How the American Online Sex Trade Continues to Thrive

September 22, 2016

As players in the service economy, pimps have learned to embrace the online marketplace and seem to be staying one step ahead of the law. America has always had an underground sex trade, and for decades most pimps followed the same general script: They would recruit sex workers on the street, in...

Kranti Mumbai: Empowering Girls From the Red Light District (Part 2/2)

September 19, 2013

Children of sex workers face multiple challenges within India. In an interview with Fair Observer's Culture Editor, Anna Pivovarchuk, the co-founder of the Mumbai-based NGO Kranti, Robin Chaurasiya, argues for the legalization of sex work in India. This is last of...

Girls Like Us: Choice – Young Women in the Sex Industry

September 15, 2013

For most young women entering the sex industry, their choice is rarely voluntary. *[Note: The following is an excerpt from Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, a memoir about Rachel Lloyd’s experiences as a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation and her work...

The German Prostitution Model: Reducing Violence Against Sex Workers

September 13, 2013

In light of the German prostitution model, the abolitionist movement holds many shortcomings. “If you want to get rid of human trafficking, you must first abolish prostitution.” This message has successfully spread across the world in the past years. In Europe, the idea of...

Human Trafficking In and Out of Russia

September 08, 2013

Russia has developed into a major hub for human trafficking. The Russian Federation is the largest country in the world, stretching from Europe to the Pacific, and is a massive landmass for the origin, transit and destination of women, men and children who are trafficked into forced labor. In the...

A Matter of Choice (Part 2)

August 29, 2013

In the US, a problematic relationship exists between law enforcement and prostitution. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Some may have questioned that accusation prior to the Secret Service prostitute scandal in Columbia and the disclosure of other government...

China: Sex Work and Human Trafficking (Part 2)

August 26, 2013

Tiantian Zheng explores the intersection between sex work and human trafficking in post-socialist China. This is second of a three part series. Read part one here. In China, for thousands of years, the dynasties and states produced, regulated, sometimes threatened to abolish, yet at the same time...

The Misconception of Modern Slavery: Reinterpreting Forced Labour

May 17, 2013

The dominant terminology on forced labour relations is too rigid in assuming the existence of two homogeneous but separated groups of workers. "For three hundred years, the most powerful nations on earth grew richer and stronger on the profits of slave trade. Over twelve million men, women...

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