01:00 AM EDT on Friday, June 19, 2009
In the past few weeks, advocates of criminalizing prostitution in Rhode Island have made many assertions about the “horrors” of prostitution to push legislation forward. Most of these claims are myths.
Research shows that there is a world of difference between those who work the streets and those who sell sex indoors (in massage parlors, brothels, for escort agencies or as independent call girls). Indoor workers generally have lower rates of childhood abuse, enter prostitution at an older age, have more education, are less drug-dependent, are less likely to have sexually transmitted diseases and are less likely to be assaulted or raped than street workers. Indoor workers also tend to enjoy better working conditions and earn more money. Continue reading
20-year-old told Broomfield police she was coerced to Colorado, forced into illegal acts
Originally published 05:28 p.m., June 19, 2009
Updated 04:18 p.m., June 22, 2009
BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Broomfield police this week continue investigating allegations that a 20-year-old female was being held in Colorado against her will and was forced into prostitution and exotic dancing.
Police received a call from the woman around 1:50 p.m. Friday. She said she had been coerced into coming to Colorado from another state and that her captor had forced her into the illegal and illicit activities. Continue reading
Investigators Say Woman Was Coerced
Posted by: Thomas Hendrick, News Editor
POSTED: 5:35 pm MDT June 19, 2009
UPDATED: 5:56 pm MDT June 19, 2009
DENVER — Broomfield police have arrested a man who they said coerced a 20-year-old woman to come to Colorado and then forced her to become a prostitute and exotic dancer.
The woman, whose name was not released, contacted police at about 2 p.m. Friday and told them she was being held against her will, said Sgt. Heidi Waltz of the Broomfield Police Department. Continue reading
Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:22pm EDT
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, in his latest incarnation as a gay Austrian fashion reporter, jet skied through a canal into Amsterdam’s red light district on Friday to open a brothel full of men in thongs ahead of the Dutch premiere of ‘Bruno’.
“For too long, guys coming here from around the world have been forced to have sex with women,” Cohen said, standing in front of a pink-lit brothel building in the Dutch capital as surprised tourists and stag party goers looked on. Continue reading
by the national gadfly
Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 12:15:49 PM PDT
Sex workers in India have had enough and are fighting back – literally. The world’s oldest profession is still illegal in many countries. This leaves sex workers vulneralbe to attack from customers and police.
(Cross-posted at sexgenderbody)
the national gadfly’s diary :: ::
There is a vast difference between the lives and daily existences of voluntary sex workers and those that are forced into sex work. I choose to support the rights of consenting sex workers to make that choice. I also support the rights of the human beings trapped in sex work to a life of dignity and equality. I want people trapped in poverty to have other choices besides sex work to begin with and a way out for those seeking it. Even those inside involuntary sex work deserve health care, freedom from persecution and violence and the protection from police from the crimes committed against them. Continue reading
June 19, 9:17 AM
According to “Sex workers testify at Senate hearing on prostitution bill”, Rhode Island, with exception of a few places in Nevada, is the only place where there is no law banning indoor sex trafficking.
In the article, some of the women testified that they are not being forced, or coerced, into prostitution. They claim that they make more than the $7 an hour job to support children and family. Continue reading