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...

Prostitution and Sex Trafficking: Inescapably Linked

September 11, 2013

Sex trafficking would not exist without the “market” provided by prostitution.  According to Gunilla Eckberg, former adviser on human trafficking to the Swedish government: “The prostitution of women and girls for profit is one of the fastest growing global...

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...

Prostitution and Human Trafficking: The Middle Road of Regulation

September 04, 2013

Human trafficking is not a natural feature of legalized prostitution, but a consequence of badly regulated prostitution. Thinking of slavery, pictures of ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, or its more modern forms in the Americas and elsewhere come to mind. Slavery has abounded for...

Legalizing Prostitution: New Zealand’s Example

September 02, 2013

Should prostitution be legalized? It has been ten years since New Zealand parliamentarians, after considerable debate and encouragement from sex workers, mainstream women’s organizations, and public health advocates, voted for changes to the laws governing prostitution. The Prostitution...

China: Sex Work and Human Trafficking (Part 3)

August 31, 2013

Tiantian Zheng explores the intersection between sex work and human trafficking in post-socialist China. This is the last of a three part series. Read part one here. In 1978, Deng Xiaoping urged a crackdown (严打, yanda – literally, strike severely) on the trafficking of women. Since then,...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

August 30, 2013

Fair Observer's five best articles of August. In large parts of the northern hemisphere, August is a month of humidity and heat. When it comes to developments this month, there has been no dearth of the latter. The Syrian saga carries on like a tragic and bloody melodrama. The Bashar al-Assad...

Stockholm Syndrome and Sex Trafficking: Why Don’t They Do Something?

August 21, 2013

Shirley Jülich explains the complexity of the Stockholm Syndrome in sex abuse victims. From time to time it is reported that yet another person, usually a young woman, has been held hostage as a sex slave for a lengthy period. There have been the recent events in Ohio, with Amanda Berry,...

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