R.I. police charities solicit donations from “spas”

06:12 PM EDT on Friday, September 18, 2009
By Lynn Arditi
Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE — Raising money for charity can be tough, but Rhode Island police organizations have found one business that’s always willing to contribute.

Asian massage parlors or “spas” in Providence which police and local watch-dog groups maintain are often fronts for brothels, have for years donated to police association charities –– and conspicuously displayed their support by plastering stickers with police logos on their doors and windows.

They spread like wallpaper over the front door of a spa near a bus stop on North Main Street, in plain view of the waiting riders. At another spa on Admiral Street, police stickers decorate the plexiglass receptionist window, along with logos noting that the spa accepts all major credit cards.

Some resemble police badges with the name of a police union –– Providence, Cranston, Warwick, and Barrington, among them –– while others sport the five-pointed star trademark with the letters “FOP.” Continue reading

Does policing Craigslist actually threaten safety?

September 28, 2009 1:30 PM

Editors’ Note: Guest bloggers Andrea Ritchie and Jarad Ringer are two of New York City’s foremost experts on violence against sex workers. Ms. Ritchie is the Director of the Sex Workers Project at Urban Justice Center. Mr. Ringer is the Coordinator of the Hate Violence and Police Relations Program at the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) and The Sex Workers Project (SWP) have been following and tracking recent debates concerning the use of Craigslist and similar websites to offer erotic services and to negotiate consensual sexual encounters. We are very concerned about the NYPD’s increased attention to policing the use of Craigslist, and specifically about their apparent targeting of LGBT individuals who use the site to meet sexual and romantic partners. Continue reading

MN: Conference targets problem of forced-labor crimes

While sex-trafficking cases grab headlines, there’s a growing problem of people being forced to work as “modern-day slaves.”

By DAVID CHANEN, Star Tribune. Last update: September 25, 2009 – 11:57 PM

They are sometimes called “modern-day slaves” — illegal immigrants working for low pay with the threat of deportation to keep them from complaining to authorities. Police and social workers say that more than 20,000 people are brought into the United States each year by exploitative labor traffickers, and that at least half the victims are children.

While sex trafficking often grabs the headlines, the 50 people attending a labor trafficking conference Friday in St. Paul agreed that more attention and education needs to be focused on the growing problem. Continue reading

Older Stories: Nairobi: Prostitutes from the slum may hold key to Aids cure

David Orr- Nairobi
Thursday, 23 January 1997

Monica Marwa is a 25-year-old prostitute living in the notorious Majengo slum on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. She charges between 30 and 50 Kenyan shillings (between 33 and 55 pence) for sex. There is nothing extraordinary about her line of work nor about her fees – it is estimated that more than half of the women in Majengo sell their bodies for such paltry rewards.

What is surprising is that, despite years of unprotected sex and exposure to the HIV virus, Monica seems to be immune to Aids.

Hers is one of some 40 similar cases in Majengo which scientists believe could hold the key to an Aids cure. In a programme bringing together the University of Nairobi with Oxford University and two universities in North America, researchers are mapping the genes of Majengo’s HIV-resistant women in an effort to discover what it is that protects them from infection. Continue reading

NV: Dozens Reply to Call For Male Prostitutes Special

By Jeff Knebel.
Published Jun 8, 2009

Inquiries began pouring in at the Shady Lady Ranch just days after owner Bobbi Davis publicized her plans to erect the new services she hopes will arouse new clientele and help to stimulate the limp industry.

As of Saturday, more than 60 candidates had responded to the Nevada brothel’s recently posted job advertisement for male prostitutes, Davis stated in a recent telephone interview.

“The Shady Lady Ranch is looking for a few good men,” the business’ website states.

Like many other industries adversely suffering from the economic downturn, prostitution, the world’s oldest profession, is undergoing modifications adapting to a changing world. Continue reading

RI: Sex ed business banned from opening

City officials cite zoning violation

Updated: Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009, 9:59 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009, 9:59 PM EDT
Dan Gouthro

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) – The city of Pawtucket has banned a new adult business from opening inside the Grant Building on Main Street.

Megan Andelloux planned to open the Center for Sexual Pleasure on Saturday. She says the business was supposed to provide classes and information on sexual health. But now city officials have informed Andelloux the area is not zoned for “educational” use.

Andelloux says her business is not a so-called spa. Other tenants in the building are also coming to her defense.

“As far as I know, she is a wonderful, intelligent, well-educated woman who does therapy,” Karen Pace, a cafe owner, tells us.

Andelloux has scheduled a meeting with the Pawtucket Mayor on Thursday.

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The Crusade Against Sex Trafficking

By Noy Thrupkaew

This article appeared in the October 5, 2009 edition of The Nation.
September 16, 2009

This article is the first part of a two-part series. The next installment will explore alternative approaches to addressing the problem of trafficking for the purposes of forced prostitution.
–The Editors

Gary Haugen is cradling the padlocks in his thick hands. A former high school football player–bristly crew cut, broad shoulders squeezed into a dress shirt–Haugen has more the mien of a military man than a lawyer, although his image is in keeping with the muscular work of the organization he founded and heads. The president of the International Justice Mission, an evangelical Christian organization devoted to combating human rights abuses in the developing world, Haugen is musing over the mementos of IJM’s work in India and Cambodia. The padlocks look ordinary enough: heavy brass, a squat square one, a round one with a key. But they had once hung on the doors of brothels, until local law enforcement busted the establishments in raids initiated by IJM. Continue reading