Well, it looks like the bastards finally took down backpage.com.I hate these website confiscation notices. The agencies involved always plaster their logos all over the damned thing, like they're so proud of how they wrecked someone's business, like a bunch of dogs pissing all over to mark their territory. It makes me sick.The reaction from sex workers on Twitter is … [Read more...] about You Bastards! You Killed Backpage!
Last Friday I wrote about Elizabeth Nolan Brown's terrific Reason magazine article on the FBI's long involvement in policing Americans' sex lives. In this post, I'd like to follow up on a small detail that caught my eye.Supporters of anti-prostitution law enforcement operations often justify them as necessary to protect victims of sex trafficking, especially children. … [Read more...] about Not Helping Youths In the Sex Trade
I suspect my friends would be concerned if they knew just how skeptical I was about almost all prostitution-related crimes. Police say they broke up a human trafficking ring? Liars! They call everything human trafficking these days. They arrested ten pimps? Liars! They caught one prostitute in a sting and arrested the then people standing next to her. It's a task force going … [Read more...] about Sex, Lies, and Sex Police
So, yesterday Ashton Kutcher testified before Congress about modern-day slavery. This isn't quite as crazy as it sounds -- unlike those idiotic situations where an actor testifies before congress after playing a role related to the subject of his testimony, Kutcher actually founded a company, Thorn, that is involved in the fight against sex trafficking -- but it's still pretty … [Read more...] about Ashton Kutcher’s Unusual Confession
A while back, Maggie McNeill posted about a group called Clients of Sex Workers Allied for Change (CoSWAC) which has a website they hope to use to "dispel myths surrounding participation in paid sex."I don't know if this site will contribute meaningfully to the cause of sex workers' (and clients') rights, but one item on the Myths vs. Facts page caught my attention, … [Read more...] about Losers Deserve Love Too