CA: REAL Women refused standing in prostitution law trial

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From Canadian Women’s Issues

Friday, July 3, 2009

The July 3 Globe and Mail has a story by Kirk Makin saying “An Ontario judge has turned down a request from two religious groups and a conservative women’s group to take part in a constitutional challenge of the country’s prostitution laws.” According to this story, the judge, Ted Matlow of the Ontario Superior Court, “said that the groups would be liable to turn the trial into a soapbox for spiritual views, which would be out of place in a strictly legal proceeding.”

Besides REAL Women, the groups were the Christian Legal Fellowship and the Catholic Civil Rights League. They argued the court should hear a broad range of voices on the issue. Continue reading

Sex Workers and Junkies Networking in Porto

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By inpud

Mat Southwell gives us his impressions of CLAT 5, the Latin European Harm Reduction Conference. Here he talks to the sex workers and finds some fascinating views and more common ground.

Only Rights will Right the Wrongs -Sex Workers & Junkies Network in Porto

When Erin and I were at the UNAIDS PCB we networked with other community organisations. Organisations of men who have sex with men and people living with HIV/AIDS have organisations which they own and control. However, the situation with sex workers is much less clear. Networks of sex workers include both professionals and sex workers. Sex workers don’t have strong organisations and this creates a climate within which professionals often speak ‘on behalf’ of sex workers.

I was therefore pleased to attend a session at the CLAT conference to hear Pye Jakobson from Rose Alliance in Stockholm speak from a sex workers organisation. Pye described her own journey into sex work and also Continue reading

Vice Myth #527,001: Criminalizing Prostitution Protects Women

Blog post from Narco Polo

Posted on July 1, 2009
Filed Under prostitution

Attorneys General across America have been getting themselves press by hounding the online classifieds service, Craigslist, for facilitating prostitution. According to ABC News there is “public outrage” over Craigslist. This prudish moral grandstanding would be less noxious if it did not cloak itself as protecting women. Continue reading

Blog poem: The Lost Art Of A Courtesan

From JWRadcliffe Talks Sex Blog
June 30, 2009 ·

An Honest Prostitute
God’s loving hand,
Made me beautifully grand.
Blue sparkling eyes,
A long dark silk mane;
Voluptuous curves of lies.

I wear a Brazier,
Of over 600 years.
Female beauty perfected,
Not tattered nor torn;
Our blazing intellect, inspected.

Passed down from my mother,
It didn’t quite fit my brother.
Manners polished pristine,
Gestures gracefully fluid;
Sexual essence undeniable obscene. Continue reading

Of prostitution and carnivals in Rhode Island

by 3rdeye
Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 01:56:00 PM PDT
For those of you not tuned into the politics of the biggest little state in the nation, let me let you in on our dirty little secret: Prostitution is legal in RI.

No, I’m not joking. Go ahead and look into it if you don’t believe me. Go-on, I’ll be right here waiting…
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Back yet? See, I told you so! Well it seems that our little legal loophole may soon be closing.

Thanks to scare tactics and the intentional conflation of sex-trafficking with sex-work, a few of RI’s more conservative politicians have made prostitution into the hot issue to vote on. But would it interest anyone to learn how one of our local and noted University of RI professors has made a mockery of a little thing called ethics? Poll to freep and more after the break! Continue reading

Craigslist Makes World’s Oldest Profession Safer

Posted by Michael Hickins, May 11, 2009 05:34 PM

Craigslist has been under assault from state attorneys general with political agendas, the most recent being from South Carolina, for carrying ads for erotic services.

South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster has warned Craigslist that it would be “subject to criminal investigation and prosecution” if it doesn’t entirely remove its erotic services section by May 15.

Craigslist has tried to do its part to satisfy political demands, meeting with law enforcement officials and agreeing to curb ads promoting illegal activities. Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster noted in a blog posting that,

by all objective measures [Craigslist] has decreased misuse dramatically (approximately 90%) since craigslist and 43 attorneys general entered into a joint statement less than 6 months ago.

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Blog Post: Mad skills

Thursday, April 9, 2009
In my post the other day about SWOP-Chicago’s “tips for sex worker allies”, one of their suggestions was:

Respect that Sex Work is Real Work. There’s a set of professional skills involved and it’s not necessarily an industry that everyone can enter into. Don’t tell someone to get a “real job” when they already have one that suits them just fine.

But I wonder if people actually believe sex work does require skills. I know, at least, that when I tell people what I get paid per hour, their eyes kind of go big and they’ll say something to the effect of what a sweet job it is. And that’s true, sometimes it can be pretty nice work. But it is work. Continue reading

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