New research into sex work in the UK highlights some of the changes and challenges sex workers have faced.
Like the US, Australia’s ‘massage parlours’ are reliant on the prostitution, fetishisation and trafficking of Asian women.
COVID-19 restrictions created life-threatening challenges to female sex workers as they weren’t able to access their medication, support or their clients.
After a change in the law which criminalises the purchase of sexual services, the French government is willing to help only those who wish to exit prostitution for good.
From a young age, Neaera was trained for the life of a hetaira, or courtesan. Her tragic story comes to us only through court documents, but she deserves to be remembered.
Today’s beds are thought of as bastions of privacy. But not long ago, they were the perches from which kings ruled and places where travelers hunkered down with complete strangers.
Citizens-watch programs designed by police to aid anti-trafficking efforts threaten the rights and safety of sex workers.
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?