Tuesday, 30 June 2009
by Kathryn Hadley
I have vivid memories of a school trip to Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Oranienburg, 35 kilometres north of Berlin: the crematories, the so-called ‘Station Z’ built for the extermination of prisoners in 1942, the infirmary… I have no recollection, however, of the camp brothel.
Robert Sommer’s latest book The Concentration Camp Bordello: Sexual Forced Labor in National Socialistic Concentration Camps (Das KZ-Bordell) provides, however, for the first time a comprehensive study of this dark, hushed-up and largely ignored chapter of the history of Nazi Germany. Sommer is a cultural studies Continue reading
By J.J. Stambaugh (Contact)
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Dozens of Knoxville’s street-level prostitutes are infected with syphilis or HIV and many of them don’t even know it, according to the Knox County Health Department.
Even when prostitutes do know that they’re potentially spreading a lethal disease and might face a stiff prison term for it, many continue plying their trade from the sidewalks of North and East Knoxville with little concern for themselves, their customers or the innocent who might end up infected, said Gary Messer, who does public outreach for the Health Department.
“It hasn’t stopped some of these women from continuing the process out there,” Messer said. “Right now there are around 10 prostitutes who are HIV-positive. Continue reading
June 30, 2:28 PM
Today’s Providence Journal has a column by Ed Achorn that is so misguided, that it is difficult to figure out where to start. The column criticizes the loophole in Rhode Island law which makes prostitution legal, if it occurs indoors. For a multitude of reason, the current law is effective and should remain unchanged. It makes prostitution on the streets illegal, yet doesn’t criminalize consensual sex between adults that occurs behind closed doors. Edward Achorn seems to get side-tracked, and confuses several issues. This particular passage is a good example: Continue reading
Issue date: 6/29/09 Section: Commentary
Hooker. Whore. Trick. You’ve probably heard a multitude of such less-than-respectful terms for individuals who sell sex for money or drugs. They are rarely represented in political proceedings, seldom mentioned favorably in popular media and often condemned for engaging in what society considers to be immoral and illegal behavior that causes high crime rates and the degradation of urban society. In Washington DC, however, one small non-profit organization is swimming upstream against a current of social stigma to provide non-judgmental service and promote the fair treatment of those working in the sex industry. Continue reading