Toronto: Fragile peace rattled on the stroll

LOCAL NEWS / Angry residents vow to resume protests
Michael Pihach / Toronto / Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Despite the efforts of outreach workers who say they have engaged with transsexual sex workers about respecting neighbours in the Homewood and Maitland area, some residents say the sex workers are still causing unreasonable disturbances.

In a letter sent to city councillor Kyle Rae and obtained by Xtra, Paul Hyde of the Homewood Maitland Safety Association (HMSA) recounts the late evening of May 21. Continue reading

INDONESIA: Trafficking fuels commercial sex work

SURABAYA, 3 June 2009 (IRIN) – Among the alleyways of Dolly, in Indonesia’s second-largest city, it is not difficult to find thousands of young women lured by the prospects of a better life working as commercial sex workers (CSWs).

“I never chose to be a prostitute. It just happened,” Isah, 19, told IRIN, describing her tenure in one of Southeast Asia’s largest commercial sex venues.

Married and divorced by 17, Isah was easy prey for traffickers, who promised her a well-paid job in the city. Continue reading

TX: Trail of tears

By San Antonio Current News Team

Global profits associated with sexual slaveryare on the order of $31.7 billion, according to the International Labor Organization. Here in Texas, one out of every five trafficking victims in the U.S. is believed to travel Interstate 10 each year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, and Houston and El Paso are on the list of “most intense trafficking jurisdictions in the country.”

To reduce the number of women, children, and men who wind up as modern-day slaves, State Senator Leticia Van de Putte drafted legislation to establish a statewide task force on sex trafficking that would also require law enforcement to explore alternative models for handling minors engaged in prostitution, Continue reading

Venezuela ‘silent’ on hate crimes rise

By Will Grant
BBC News, Caracas

In a city where about 40 murders take place every weekend, it may not come as a big surprise that four prostitutes have been killed on the same stretch of road in Caracas in recent months.

But when you find out that all four were transsexuals or transgender, it changes the picture somewhat.

The bodies were reportedly found with money, mobile phones and handbags still on them, suggesting the attacks were not simple robberies. Continue reading