Cambodia faces problems enforcing new sex trafficking law


December 26, 2008
PHNOM PENH (AFP) — Chantha said there was nothing else she could do in Cambodia but become a prostitute.
“If you don’t even have a dollar in your pocket to buy rice, how can you bear looking at your starving relatives?” she said.
“You do whatever to survive, until you start to realize the consequence of your deeds.”
Chanta, in her early twenties, was working in a small red-light district west of the capital Phnom Penh several months ago when she was arrested under Cambodia’s new sex-trafficking law.
Police nabbed her in a raid and charged her with publicly soliciting sex, fining her nearly two dollars. Then, Chanta claims, the arresting officers gang raped and beat her for six days in detention.
Bruises covered her body, but none of her assailants were brought to court, she said.

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Bettie Page Passes Away, And So Does Playgirl

My Messy Bedroom

Virginity goes on sale and clitoris becomes ungoogleable in Josey’s roundup of the year in sex


It was quite a year for sex. Extramarital affairs thrived online while the clitoris vanished. We lost Bettie Page and Playgirl and gay marriage got left at the American altar. Here are some of the sex news highlights and lowlights for 2008.

Playgirl Calls It Quits
Established 35 years ago as a feminist response to Playboy and Penthouse (Playboy sued Playgirl in 1973 for trademark infringement but settled amicably), the magazine could never seem to quite figure out who its audience was: women or gay men, a dilemma, it seems, that followed Playgirl to its grave.

The magazine’s final editor Nicole Caldwell worked to take the magazine back to its roots, interspersing shots of naked hotties with articles on issues like abortion and equal rights. Publisher Blue Horizon Media wanted fewer articles and more naked hotties, preferably ones that would appeal more to gay men. The schizophrenic focus has resulted in the January/February 2009 issue being its last. The Playgirl website will continue, but the graphic content is geared more toward gay men. For $19.55 a month, you can have all the “100% Man Juice” you want. Continue reading

Sex workers join violence battle

The Scarlet Alliance and CAAH have begun working together in the fight against violence against GLBT people and sex workers.

Last week the two groups held a rally on International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, which included a march through Kings Cross.

“Today is the day sex workers across the world take a stand for justice, dignity and safety, and stand against the stigmas that stop us having equal rights under the law,” sex worker activist Julie Bates said at the rally.

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The year in f#@!ing

Randy roundup 2008

From Love Bites, EYE Weekly

BY Sasha   December 23, 2008 21:12


“I love to play strippers and to imitate them,” says America’s newly crowned sweetheart Tina Fey in the latest issue of Vanity Fair. “I love using that idea for comedy, but the idea of actually going there? I feel like we all need to be better than that. That industry needs to die, by all of us being a little better than that.”

Tina, you assclown, what is it that you think whores do? If you’re not sure, you know, because you’ve never actually had a reasonable conversation with one or set foot in their workplace because you’ve been too busy mocking them in the squeaky clean world of television, let me make it perfectly clear for you: they act like whores for money — so, like, what you do when you play one on television. Well, OK, maybe not exactly. See, what you’re doing more specifically is profiting off the dodgy status of sex workers while simultaneously stigmatizing real ones, which is even more despicable than actually being one, if you ask me. To quote one of Hollywood’s most excellent silver-screen strippers, Nomi Malone from Showgirls, “Fucker. Fuck off.”

A f@#!ed-up way to die
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Sex workers rally against discrimination


In brief

Taking a stand against social stigmas, the Sex Workers Outreach Project, an activist group for workers in the sex industry, staged a protest Dec. 17 in Washington, D.C., for recognition of their legal rights by police.

Sex workers not only face the risk of contracting disease, but also must deal with the possibility of assault, battery and worse. Police rarely investigate claims by sex workers, however, and use the criminalization of sex work itself as a bludgeon to discourage legal charges. Continue reading

UK: Christmas under city’s red lights

By Tom Bishop
BBC News

Most of us look forward to a rest over Christmas but thousands of Londoners will work during the holiday season – including many of the city’s sex workers.

In 2008 the sex worker has been portrayed as the exploited victim of trafficking and as the high class escort Belle de Jour, played by Billie Piper in ITV1’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

But London’s massage parlours, saunas, brothels and streets are the work places of a much wider range of women and men.

The International Union of Sex Workers (IUSW) includes middle-aged parlour owners, men who sell sex to men and girls who work on the street with drug addiction problems, among its members.

And, like all workers, they face extra financial pressure at Christmas, says IUSW spokeswoman Catherine Stephens.

“January is usually quiet so many sex workers will work more during November and December to get extra money for their kids’ presents,” she explained.

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Girls and Women on the Streets of Detroit Find Help and Hope Against Violence: Alternatives for Girls Street Outreach Project Celebrates 20th Anniversary Christmas Eve

Alternatives For Girls (AFG) reports that 100% of the girls and women in the sex industry who access AFG’s exiting services are victims of violence. Recently the world acknowledged the “International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers”, but every day of the year, AFG works to support women as they stand up against relationship and street violence. December 24, 2008 marks the 20th anniversary of the very first outreach shift. To celebrate this anniversary and to highlight the violence and oppression that girls and women endure, AFG will conduct 20 consecutive hours of street outreach, ending with a celebratory luncheon at AFG (903 West Grand Blvd., Detroit) at noon on December 24th.

Detroit, MI (PRWEB) December 22, 2008 — Alternatives For Girls (AFG) reports that 100% of the girls and women in the sex industry who access AFG’s exiting services are victims of violence. Recently the world acknowledged the “International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers”, but every day of the year, AFG works to support women as they stand up against relationship and street violence. Continue reading

Born to Be a Woman of God

December 22, 2008
Ade Mardiyati

On a dreary morning in Yogyakarta, in a brick house, some 10 meters from the main road in Gedong Tengen, Notoyudan hamlet, an 8-year-old girl is folding yellow paper napkins with a friend. They work slowly, whispering comments about boys and giggling as they form perfect little paper triangles.

“Mom, how many of these napkins should I cut and fold?” the 8-year-old calls out to a woman wearing a long-sleeved black shirt and Muslim headscarf.

“Make it 40,” the woman answers. “There will be a lot of people coming today.”

The girl’s mother, Mariyani, is a transvestite.

In July, Mariyani established Indonesia’s first pesantren for transvestites.

By definition a pesantren is an Islamic boarding school. Mariyani uses the word pointedly, to improve her Continue reading

Sex workers in Greater Tehran 2008


by Azadeh Azad

The sex trade is a growing industry in Iran, especially in Greater Tehran. Yet, there is not much field research being carried out on this subject. The reason is twofold. First, the official discourse of the Islamic State in Iran continues to deny the existence of the sex trade in the country, which leads to unwillingness by various Islamic governments to bring up this subject or to initiate and support related research. Second, social researchers are facing many difficulties in undertaking research because of the above lack of support as well as the specific characteristics of this profession in Iran: its illegality and the harsh punishments that await arrested sex workers as well as its veiled and clandestine nature.

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9 Arrested in Sex-Related Sting

Women ranging from 20 to 49 in age were all booked on same day.
By Shoshana Walter
Published: Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 10:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 10:54 p.m.

LAKELAND | An undercover operation resulted in the arrests last week of nine women on prostitution-related charges.

A Lakeland police officer posed as a John, while another officer took audio recordings Continue reading