Sex worker rally in London against Policing and Crime Bill

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Sex workers rally against new Crime Bill
Tuesday 31 March 2009 – Paul Haste

Sex workers smothered London’s Piccadilly Circus in red umbrellas on Tuesday to protest against the criminalisation of their profession.

Scores of workers from the nearby Soho district gathered at the Eros statue in the heart of the capital, stopping traffic to highlight their opposition to the government’s Policing and Crime Bill.

Carrying the red umbrellas as a symbol of their resistance to the new law, sex workers’ rights activists declared that it would “push prostitution further underground and push us into more danger.” Continue reading



March 27, 2009 —

The NYPD quietly shut down its highly successful Vice Squad operations on Craigslist without any explanation to the officers, The Post has learned.

The move came after five years of targeting sex-for-cash ads on the site, which led to arrests in all five boroughs, sources said.

Craigslist was the Web site of choice for Brooklyn newsman George Weber, who used the online marketplace to solicit rough sex from his alleged killer, self-described Satanist John Katehis, 16. Continue reading

Iceland to Ban Stripping and Prostitution

From the strip club Goldfinger. Photo by Páll Stefánsson. Taken in relation to Sara Blasks feature Dancer in the Dark published in the 2006 winter issue of Iceland Review.

From the strip club Goldfinger. Photo by Páll Stefánsson. Taken in relation to Sara Blask's feature "Dancer in the Dark" published in the 2006 winter issue of Iceland Review.

18/03/2009 | 12:31

Minister of Social Affairs Ásta Ragnheidur Jóhannesdóttir presented an action plan against human trafficking yesterday, which includes placing bans on operating strip clubs and purchasing sexual services.

It is hoped that the ban will take effect before the parliamentary elections on April 25.

“Human trafficking is the most disgusting form of international and organized crime that exists in the world,” Jóhannesdóttir said while presenting the 25-point action plan, Fréttabladid reports. Continue reading

UK: Migrant workers don’t undercut wages

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The populist impression given by groups on the right of the political spectrum (underlined by newspapers, such as the DailyMail and DailyExpress, certain academics and the pressure group Migration Watch) that migration is undercutting the wages of workers already in the UK is wrong, according to a recent study published by the left-of-centre think-tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).

Its analysis of migration, jobs and pay data in the period between 2001 and 2007 found that a one percentage point increase in the proportion of migrants working in the UK would only “reduce wages by around 0.3%”. Even the large-scale and rapid migration from the east and central European countries that joined the European Union in 2004 “has had no impact on employment levels and only a marginal effect on wages”, said the institute’s working paper. Continue reading

More women needing cash go from jobless to topless

By KAREN HAWKINS, Associated Press Writer

Sunday, March 22, 2009

(03-22) 21:01 PDT Chicago (AP) —

As a bartender and trainer at a national restaurant chain, Rebecca Brown earned a couple thousand dollars in a really good week. Now, as a dancer at Chicago’s Pink Monkey gentleman’s club, she makes almost that much in one good night.

The tough job market is prompting a growing number of women across the country to dance in strip clubs, appear in adult movies or pose for magazines like Hustler.

Employers across the adult entertainment industry say they’re seeing an influx of applications from women who, like Brown, are attracted by the promise of flexible schedules and fast cash. Many have college degrees and held white-collar jobs until the economy soured. Continue reading

Sex Trafficking: The Abolitionist Fallacy

Economic hardship, discrimination, and violence have driven millions of women to work in the sex sector around the world, and their numbers will increase as a result of the current global economic crisis. Unless the underlying factors pushing women to opt for selling sex to support themselves and their families are remedied, many women will continue to have few other options.

Yet the Bush administration, supported by the evangelical right-wing and some radical feminists, spent eight years promoting laws to criminalize prostitution and clients as the means to abolish prostitution and stop human trafficking into the sex sector. The ideology-driven approach is notable for the absence of any concrete evidence that it works. Proponents of such an approach have also failed to demonstrate that it avoids harming women or provides other livelihoods for those it aspires to help. It reduces all adults in the sex sector (even highly paid “call girls” and those working legally) to victim status and considers all prostitution to be a form of trafficking. Continue reading

LV: Pimps, Metro’s coming for you

Cops’ focus shifts from prostitutes to the hustlers whose tools are manipulation and brutality, and whose goods are people

Thousands of prostitutes are arrested in Clark County every year. Their mug shots flip past like school portraits from the Mean Streets Academy, a few smiles but more slack stares, asleep with eyes open.

They’re criminals, but they’re also victims because, vice detectives will tell you, behind every prostitute is a pimp. These relationships are by nature coercive, and these coercions are often cemented with violence. Women who try to secrete their own earnings, who try to leave, who violate some rule of the game, are broken with beatings. Detectives sometimes catch prostitutes like this, injured but hustling, afraid to get help. Continue reading