While there's still a great deal that is unknown about sex trafficking, research studies and nonprofits have been able to gather telling data on this industry's victims and perpetrators.
An investigation into the recruiting strategies of traffickers and their networks could be helpful in arresting this menace.
Governments should heed the expertise of the grassroots nonprofits that witness this scourge firsthand.
New England Patriots CEO Robert Kraft's criminal charges in a suspected sex trafficking case draw new attention to this illicit underground economy.
If India really wants to stop sex trafficking, legislators might consider asking sex workers in Kolkata how they keep the Sonagachi red light district safe and exploitation-free.
Canada’s prostitution laws are based on the idea that prostitution is dangerous. Legalizing prostitution doesn’t eliminate the risks of violence and psychological harm.
The opinions of current sex workers must be sought before any changes are made to the law governing the websites they use.
No one legal 'solution' is right for all sex workers.
It's all too easy to miss the point about sex work in areas hit by conflict and disaster. How about listening to the people who experience it?
Most child sex abuse happens within families, but we still cling on to the Victorian idea of paedophiles as outsiders.
Rubbish excavated from brothels sheds light on sex workers’ lives in the 19th century. Despite the dangers, prostitution offered an independent living free of male control.
Young victims remain at risk because current laws are focused on concerns over immigration and the economy.
Prostitution is now illegal in Canada. Is prostitution harmful and exploitative? Or is sex work a legitimate form of labour?
In Athenian society, it appears some elite courtesans were better educated than traditional wives. Other sex workers were sold into the role as children.
A unified voice that gets heard.
The study shows the negative effects of sex work's criminalisation, including a reluctance of workers to go to police and clients using it as an excuse to abuse workers.
Sex workers shouldn't be victims of violent crime and murder at work – and yet they continue to face daily dangers.
The car, the phone and the internet have changed the way the sex work industry operates, but debates about regulation have not advanced with new technologies.
Consensual sex work, like non-commercial sex, mostly happens behind closed doors. Yet stigma toward and ignorance about sex workers makes people panic when we try to talk about reform.
Understanding laws that govern sex work can be complicated and confusing, especially because laws are not uniform globally, or even within each country.