East Java Sex Workers Left Forgotten Following Red-Light District Closure

June 18, 2009
Nurfika Osman

Authorities in the East Java district of Tulungagung have not given promised help to sex workers who were displaced after officials closed down a red light district that was publicized in a documentary film, an activist said on Thursday.

The Gunung Bolo red light district, part of which included a graveyard used for sexual encounters, was exposed in the film “Pertaruhan” (“The Gamble”).

Noted director and producer Nia Dinata compiled the film, a series of five documentaries about women by five female directors, which was released last December but not widely seen. Continue reading


Prostitution legal in Rhode Island? What happens in Pawtucket stays in Pawtucket

June 18, 4:41 PM · J. Doug Gill – Strange News Examiner

Thanks to a loophole created by a legislative mistake 30 years ago, Rhode Island prostitutes can legally ply their cash-for-sex trade as long as the transaction takes place indoors.

The loophole, which went largely unnoticed until Providence police raided several spas and massage parlors in 2003, was part of legislation passed in the 1970s.

Rhode Island’s law criminalizing prostitution was changed then after a group called Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics (COYOTE) sued in federal court charging the Providence police were discriminating against women in their arrests. Continue reading

Viewpoint: Judgment or compassion?

Between The Lines Newspaper
From issue number 1725
by Denise E. Brogan-Kator
Originally printed 6/18/2009

On May 25, a young woman was shot to death in Highland Park; another was attacked and shot in Detroit. Both victims were reported by police to be “commercial sex workers.” In response, and because of concern for others in their situation, the Victim Services advocates at the Triangle Foundation issued a press release urging transgender women to exercise extreme caution.

What happened next is puzzling. E-mails began coming to Triangle with a common theme, saying, “The first thing they can do to protect themselves is to not be sex workers,” or, Continue reading

Human Trafficking Rises in Recession

By Alyssa Fetini Thursday, Jun. 18, 2009

2009 Trafficking in Persons Report
Department of State, 324 pages
(Read the full report here.)

Mohammad Salim Khan woke up in a strange house and felt an excruciating pain in his abdomen. Unsure where he was, Khan asked a man wearing a surgical mask what had happened. “We have taken your kidney,” the stranger said. “If you tell anyone, we’ll kill you.”

This particularly gory testimony, used by the U.S. State Department to highlight the severity and widespread nature of human trafficking, is one of many alarming personal accounts included in its 2009 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. According to the State Department, at least 12.3 million adults and children worldwide are subjected to forced labor, sexual servitude and stolen organs, with the global financial crisis heightening the problem through the increased demand for cheap labor, services — and even body parts. Continue reading

Friel meets prostitute for role

Jun 18, 2009

Anna Friel has told how she met up with a prostitute while researching her new role for drama The Street.

The actress, 32, who has a three-year-old daughter named Gracie, said the show demonstrated “what a woman will do to protect her children”.

The stellar cast for the third BBC1 series also includes Bob Hoskins, Gavin and Stacey’s Ruth Jones and Timothy Spall.

The award-winning show, written by Jimmy McGovern – whose credits also include Brookside, The Lakes and Cracker – focuses on the lives of different residents who live in the same street in the north west of England. Continue reading

Toronto: Drama continues on the tranny stroll

NEIGHBOURHOOD / ‘This is something that could get ugly’
Michael Pihach / Toronto / Thursday, June 18, 2009

When Pheobe sees girls screaming and fighting at 3am at the corner of Homewood and Maitland — Toronto’s infamous tranny hooker stroll — she bites her shiny lip-glossed lip.

She says it’s an ugly site when she sees two tranny hookers, like herself, rumble drunkenly in the street, ripping the glue out of each other’s weaves because one girl is “stealing the other girl’s john.”

“When there’s a fight, the wigs and weaves fly,” says Pheobe, a statuesque 21-year-old trans sex worker who has worked in the area for two years.

She knows it will get even uglier when the neighbours find out. She is well aware that local residents are fed up with the noisy fights, vandalism and john traffic on the tranny stroll, and want the girls off the block for good. Continue reading

SA: Protesters call for ban on sex work

18 June 2009
Canaan Mdletshe and Sapa

A GROUP of conservative Christians marched to the offices of KwaZulu- Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize yesterday, calling for a clampdown on prostitution.

Calling themselves Christians for Truth, the small group urged the government to provide job opportunities to lure women away from prostitution, which they said eroded the country’s moral values.

“What will happen to South Africa if we continue like this?

“Who will be our future leaders if young people are sacrificed for prostitution?” the marchers asked in a memorandum.

The protesters said prostitutes argued that they earned money to send their children to school, which the group said was morally wrong.

The protesters said prostitution led to drug abuse, increased abortion and spread HIV-Aids.

Mkhize sent a senior official to accept the memorandum as he was in a meeting.

Original on Sowetan