Hero of the Month: Henri Tolbert of The Ishtar Collective

DSW’s sex worker Hero of the Month is Henri Tolbert, co-founder and co-director of The Ishtar Collective (TIC), the first Vermont-based anti-trafficking and sex worker rights organization. Tolbert is a second-generation sex worker who has close to ten years of lived experience in the industry. Like most, Tolbert’s time as a sex worker is nuanced…Continue reading Hero of the Month: Henri Tolbert of The Ishtar Collective

Hero(es) of the Month: Honoring the Dancers of the Lusty Lady

In 1996, the Lusty Lady in San Francisco became the first strip club in the country to successfully unionize, making history for the entire informal labor sector, including sex work. Despite the club’s closure in 2013, “Lusties,” as the dancers call themselves, remain a symbol of resilience and empowerment in an industry so often criticized…Continue reading Hero(es) of the Month: Honoring the Dancers of the Lusty Lady

OnlyFans’ New Policy Endangers Sex Workers During COVID-19

OnlyFans, a subscription service that online sex workers use to post content, recently instituted sweeping policy changes that will cost creators thousands of dollars each month, at a time when they can least afford it. The website recently changed payouts from weekly to monthly and capped pay-per-view prices at $50 and tipping at $100, both…Continue reading OnlyFans’ New Policy Endangers Sex Workers During COVID-19

NY Senate Fails Trafficking Survivors, Again

Through our work with the New York Anti-Trafficking Network (NYATN) and the START Coalition (named for this bill), DSW has been tirelessly advocating for the Survivors of Trafficking Attaining Relief Together (START) Act, a bill allowing survivors of trafficking to clear their criminal records of arrests stemming from exploitation. NY-AB 6983 (Gottfried) passed the Assembly…Continue reading NY Senate Fails Trafficking Survivors, Again

MA Democratic Senate Candidates Are Listening to Sex Workers

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, rivals in the MA Democratic Senate primary, both voiced their support for the full decriminalization of sex work on a criminal justice panel. In this hotly contested race, the candidates have been recognized as having relatively similar policies. Kennedy voiced his belief that “the time…Continue reading MA Democratic Senate Candidates Are Listening to Sex Workers

Hero(es) of the Month: TS Candii, SX Noir, and Gizelle Marie Organize the Largest Sex Worker March in U.S. History

More than six hundred activists, community members, and allies, including DSW’s Ceyenne Doroshow and Frances Steele, filled Manhattan’s Times Square on a Saturday at 5 p.m. The crowd gathered for the Black Sex Worker Liberation March & Vigil. When the event concluded five hours later, it was conclusively the largest demonstration for sex worker rights…Continue reading Hero(es) of the Month: TS Candii, SX Noir, and Gizelle Marie Organize the Largest Sex Worker March in U.S. History

DSW Supports Criminal Justice Reform Bills in New York

DSW’s Melissa Broudo and Frances Steele attended a rally in New York City supporting five state-level criminal justice reform bills that will be voted on — and hopefully passed — this legislative session. The rally featured impacted community members who shared personal experiences and state-wide data to explain the critical issues addressed by each bill….Continue reading DSW Supports Criminal Justice Reform Bills in New York

A New Bill Threatening Free Speech and Online Security Passes the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee

An amended version of the EARN IT Act, a dangerous federal bill that could effectively erase private communication online, unanimously passed the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. The passage of the bill sets the stage for a high-stakes floor vote, one that could fundamentally endanger free speech and security on the internet. Proposed by U.S. Sen….Continue reading A New Bill Threatening Free Speech and Online Security Passes the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee

Hero of the Month: Portland-based stripper and sex worker rights activist Cat Hollis is demanding fair treatment for Black sex workers

Across the country, strippers are mobilizing for increased labor rights and racial justice in the adult entertainment industry. At the center of the movement is Cat Hollis, a Portland-based dancer and founder of the Haymarket Pole Collective. The organization began its work in November of 2019 to support “proactive policy and equitable treatment [of] Black…Continue reading Hero of the Month: Portland-based stripper and sex worker rights activist Cat Hollis is demanding fair treatment for Black sex workers

Hero of the Month: Ceyenne Doroshow, Celebrating Pride Through Justice

DSW’s Hero of the Month for June is Ceyenne Doroshow — activist, organizer, and a cornerstone of the international sex worker and transgender, gender nonconforming, non-binary (TGNC) rights movements. Ceyenne, a Black transwoman, is also the founder and executive director of Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society (GLITS) in NYC. GLITS helps to…Continue reading Hero of the Month: Ceyenne Doroshow, Celebrating Pride Through Justice

International Whore’s Day 2020: Virtual and Vibrant

The 45th annual celebration of International Whore’s Day (IWD) departed from the usual, where sex workers and their allies don red attire and march through city streets across the country. This year, the IWDNYC Coalition collaborated with Kink Out Events to launch an online rally and social media takeover honoring protests for sex worker rights…Continue reading International Whore’s Day 2020: Virtual and Vibrant

Queens Prosecutor Is Wrong About Human Trafficking and Arresting Johns

Decriminalize Sex Work www.DecriminalizeSex.Work Contact: Kaytlin Bailey, Communications Director kaytlin@dswork.org (m) 919-649-7725 NEW YORK, NEW YORK May 25, 2020 Queens Prosecutor Is Wrong About Human Trafficking and Arresting Johns On Monday, May 18, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced the creation of the Human Trafficking Bureau to “prosecute sex and labor traffickers” and purchasers of…Continue reading Queens Prosecutor Is Wrong About Human Trafficking and Arresting Johns

Decriminalize, For Public Health

Decriminalize Sex Work www.DecriminalizeSex.Work Contact: Kaytlin Bailey, Communications Director kaytlin@dswork.org (m) 919-649-7725 NEW YORK, NEW YORK May 15, 2020 Decriminalize, For Public Health Yesterday, UNAIDS, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the World Health Organization and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime called on global leaders “to make detention…Continue reading Decriminalize, For Public Health

Wisconsin Judge Grants Strip Clubs Eligibility for Federal Funds

A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction in favor of four Wisconsin strip club owners who were denied eligibility to apply for SBA loans through the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The plaintiffs were told by their banks that they were ineligible to apply for emergency federal aid due to the “prurient sexual nature”…Continue reading Wisconsin Judge Grants Strip Clubs Eligibility for Federal Funds

Dangerous Bail Reform Rollbacks Pass in the NYS Budget Amidst Pandemic Crisis

Amidst the rising tide of the COVID-19 crisis, a dangerous and controversial budget has passed both chambers of the New York legislature and been signed into law. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins (D-Yonkers) championed the dangerous and controversial bail reform rollbacks included in the bill, which will send thousands…Continue reading Dangerous Bail Reform Rollbacks Pass in the NYS Budget Amidst Pandemic Crisis

Hero of the New York Transgender Community Passes Away From COVID

Lorena Borjas, fearless transgender activist, tireless advocate, and hero of our movement, passed away at Coney Island Hospital from COVID-19. She was 59 years old. Lorena was the heart of New York City’s translatina community. She dedicated her life to ensuring those around her had the support and resources they deserved. From her time as…Continue reading Hero of the New York Transgender Community Passes Away From COVID

FOSTA/SESTA #2: The “EARN IT Act” Threatens the Rights and Safety of Online Communities

The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act (EARN IT Act), was introduced by U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). S. 3398 was then referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Similar to FOSTA/SESTA, EARN IT has been framed by proponents as an anti-trafficking bill. In practice, the legislation would do…Continue reading FOSTA/SESTA #2: The “EARN IT Act” Threatens the Rights and Safety of Online Communities

Our Bodies, Our Labors, Our Streets: International Women’s Day in NYC

The International Women’s Strike, also known as Paró Internacional de Mujeres, is a global movement of coalitions in more than 50 countries, organizing around International Women’s Day each year. The movement began in 2017 to honor the work of women across the world, organizing against the criminalization of abortion, femicide, and gender-based violence. This year’s…Continue reading Our Bodies, Our Labors, Our Streets: International Women’s Day in NYC

DSW Rallies With Activists To Pass the #WalkingWhileTrans Repeal

On International Sex Worker Rights Day, the Walking While Trans Coalition gathered at the Million Dollar Staircase in the Albany Statehouse to speak out about trans rights in New York State. DSW’s J. Leigh Brantly joined activists representing the New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG) and the Sharmus Outlaw Advocacy and Rights (SOAR) Institute. The…Continue reading DSW Rallies With Activists To Pass the #WalkingWhileTrans Repeal

Honoring Our Movement: International Sex Worker Rights Day

Sex workers and allied communities celebrated International Sex Worker Rights Day, a holiday that commemorates the tireless efforts of harm-reduction advocates around the world. The holiday began in India in 2001 when over 25,000 sex workers from around the world gathered there for a festival organized by Durbar Mahila Samanwaya. The Durbar is a Kolkata-based…Continue reading Honoring Our Movement: International Sex Worker Rights Day

Hero of the Month: Seema Fokla, International Symbol of Sex Worker Unity

This month, DSW honors Ms. Seema Fokla as our Sex Worker Hero of the Month. Ms. Fokla is the current president of the Durbar Mahila Smanwaya Committee (DMSC or the Durbar), which translates to “The Unstoppable Women’s Synthesis Committee.” The Durbar is a collective of 65,000 sex workers, which functions as a forum for female,…Continue reading Hero of the Month: Seema Fokla, International Symbol of Sex Worker Unity

Super Tuesday Is International Sex Worker Rights Day

Decriminalize Sex Work www.DecriminalizeSex.Work Contact: Kaytlin Bailey, Communications Director kaytlin@dswork.org (m) 919-649-7725 NEW YORK, NEW YORK February 27, 2020 Super Tuesday Is International Sex Worker Rights Day Super Tuesday, March 3, is also International Sex Worker Rights Day. International Sex Worker Rights Day began in 2001, when over 25,000 sex workers gathered in India for…Continue reading Super Tuesday Is International Sex Worker Rights Day

DSW Travels To Nairobi To Meet With the African Sex Workers Alliance

DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey sat down with the African Sex Work Alliance (ASWA) at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. ASWA is a Pan-African alliance of sex worker-led organizations. The group was formed in 2009 and has grown to include members from 33 countries. Bailey and ASWA discussed the overlap between what sex workers around the world…Continue reading DSW Travels To Nairobi To Meet With the African Sex Workers Alliance

Sex Worker Advocates Grade Democratic Candidates on Prostitution Policy Positions

Decriminalize Sex Work www.DecriminalizeSex.Work Contact J. Leigh Brantly, Research & Project Manager jleigh@dswork.org NEW YORK, NEW YORK February 6, 2020 Sex Worker Advocates Grade Democratic Candidates on Prostitution Policy Positions Decriminalize Sex Work (DSW), the largest organization in the country focused solely on decriminalizing sex work, released its presidential candidate “report card” on Thursday, February…Continue reading Sex Worker Advocates Grade Democratic Candidates on Prostitution Policy Positions

February Hero

Marsha P. Johnson Honored by Governor Cuomo as He Endorses “Walking­ While­ Trans” Repeal February 1, 2020 Marsha P. Johnson is the first to be honored by DSW’s monthly hero campaign. Ms. Johnson, who passed away on July 6, 1992, was a queer liberation activist and one of the most prominent figures in the Stonewall…Continue reading February Hero

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Sex Workers Win Major Decision in Federal Court

Decriminalize Sex Work www.DecriminalizeSex.Work Contact Kaytlin Bailey, Director of Communications kaytlin@dswork.org NEW YORK, NEW YORK January 27, 2020 Sex Workers Win Major Decision in Federal Court Sex workers and their allies have won an important victory in their ongoing constitutional challenge to FOSTA/SESTA, a federal law that is having a destructive impact on the health…Continue reading Sex Workers Win Major Decision in Federal Court

NY Gender Diversity Coalition Introduces Legislative Platform

The New York State Gender Diversity Coalition, led by the New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG) including 35+ NY nonprofit organizations, met with NY state legislators in Albany concerning the coalition’s 2020 legislative platform. NYTAG is a trans-led organization that advocates tirelessly for more inclusive gender-based policies, benefitting transgender and gender non-conforming/non-binary (TGNCNB) individuals. This is…Continue reading NY Gender Diversity Coalition Introduces Legislative Platform

VT Legislators Move Toward Supporting Sex Workers

A group of VT lawmakers introduced two historic bills for sex workers’ rights. The first bill, HB 569, would repeal current statutes that prohibit sex work. If passed, the bill would remove criminal penalties for consensual, adult prostitution in the state. Human trafficking—or any other form of coercion involving sex—would remain illegal.  State Rep. Selene…Continue reading VT Legislators Move Toward Supporting Sex Workers

DSW's Communications Director Kaytlin Bailey

Sexual Healing: Inside the World of Medically Assisted Sex

Sexual Healing: Inside the World of Medically Assisted Sex (Vice Video/Slutever) For people with physical disabilities, issues with sexual function, or a total lack of experience, the path to getting off can be isolating and just plain awkward. However, a group of sex surrogates have pioneered a radical hands-on approach called “medically assisted sexuality” to…Continue reading Sexual Healing: Inside the World of Medically Assisted Sex

Cato Institute podcast: “Understanding Models of Legal Sex Work”

“Understanding Models of Legal Sex Work” (Cato Institute podcast, December 28, 2019) DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey is featured. “Sex work [is] only legal in parts of Nevada, and there it is highly restricted. What are some of the other models for legal sex work, and which models best respect the individuals involved? Kaytlin Bailey is with…Continue reading Cato Institute podcast: “Understanding Models of Legal Sex Work”

Representatives Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee Announce in the House and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ron Wyden in the Senate, Introduce the SAFE SEX Workers Study Act To Examine the Effects of SESTA

Representatives Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee announce in the House and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ron Wyden in the Senate, introduce the SAFE SEX Workers Study Act to examine the effects of SESTA. The bill calls for the national Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish empirical data on the risks sex workers face on a…Continue reading Representatives Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee Announce in the House and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ron Wyden in the Senate, Introduce the SAFE SEX Workers Study Act To Examine the Effects of SESTA

DSW's Communications Director Kaytlin Bailey

Podcast: “You’re Wrong About… Human Trafficking”

“You’re Wrong About… Human Trafficking” (“You’re Wrong About…” podcast, November 25, 2019) DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey is featured: “Mike tells Sarah how NGOs, activists and George W. Bush resurrected the ‘stranger danger’ panic for the modern era. Digressions include Reply All, muffins and Yelp for massage parlors. Mike’s vocal fry is worse than usual.”

DSW and Allies Gear Up for Legislative Session in Rhode Island

DSW grantee COYOTE-RI (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) hosted a coalition meeting with human-rights activists in Providence, RI. DSW’s Melissa Broudo met with local organizations that are working to improve the lives of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable communities. The coalition outlined a strategy for the upcoming state legislative session. DSW and allies are proposing…Continue reading DSW and Allies Gear Up for Legislative Session in Rhode Island

Mexico City Lawmakers Propose Plans To Regulate Sex Work, but Local Activists Aren’t Convinced

The Legislative Assembly of Mexico City voted to decriminalize sex work earlier this year. The new law is intended to fight human trafficking and recognizes the labor rights of over 7,000 prostitutes working in the country’s capital. Lawmakers are now proposing formal regulations they claim will protect sex workers; advocates are skeptical. Members of La…Continue reading Mexico City Lawmakers Propose Plans To Regulate Sex Work, but Local Activists Aren’t Convinced

No Vote Planned for Decrim Bill in D.C.

The District of Columbia City Council held a hearing on the Community Safety and Health Act of 2019 (Bill 23-0318), which would decriminalize sex work in the nation’s capital. This would-be historic measure addresses health risks, violence against women, and human trafficking in Washington, D.C. DSW Communications Director Kaytlin Bailey testified at the 14-hour hearing…Continue reading No Vote Planned for Decrim Bill in D.C.

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“Girls Do Porn” Was a Crime Ring, Not a Porn Site, Industry Experts Say

“Girls Do Porn’’ Was a Crime Ring, Not a Porn Site, Industry Experts Say (VICE, October 16, 2019) DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey is quoted: “To pretend that this is what the entire porn industry is like denigrates exactly the people that they claim to be speaking for,” Kaytlin Bailey, communications director for advocacy group Decriminalize Sex…Continue reading “Girls Do Porn” Was a Crime Ring, Not a Porn Site, Industry Experts Say

NY Should Allow Trafficking Survivors To Clear Criminal Records

A good prostitution-related bill that passed the Assembly side of the NY legislature in June is still pending in the state Senate. This legislation — known on the Senate side as S981A — would fully vacate the criminal convictions of human-trafficking victims. In 2010, NY became the first state to enact a law that allows…Continue reading NY Should Allow Trafficking Survivors To Clear Criminal Records

Twenty Years Later, Data Show That the Swedish Model Harms Sex Workers

Twenty years after Sweden passed the Sex Purchase Act of 1999, the country hosted “Sex Work, Human Rights, and Health: Assessing 20 Years of the Swedish Model” in Stockholm. The conference brought together activists, researchers, and policymakers from around the world to discuss the impact of the 1999 law, which criminalized the purchase of sex…Continue reading Twenty Years Later, Data Show That the Swedish Model Harms Sex Workers

DSW Supports the Fight Against FOSTA in U.S. Court of Appeals

Earlier this year, DSW filed an amicus brief in support of the lawsuit brought against the U.S. government by the Woodhull Freedom Foundation (WFF), Human Rights Watch, The Internet Archive, and two other plaintiffs in reaction to the terrible federal law known as the “Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” (FOSTA). FOSTA chills speech and harms sex…Continue reading DSW Supports the Fight Against FOSTA in U.S. Court of Appeals

DSW in the News

September 19: DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey was invited onto Newsmax TV with John Tobacco and Frank Morano to chat about sex work, Robert Kraft, and why handcuffs almost never help. https://www.youtube.com/embed/rpURBEaQd2k September 22: Kaytlin Bailey appeared on “Morano in the Morning” to expand on the Robert Kraft case, why it matters for sex workers’ rights, and field…Continue reading DSW in the News

Dancers Unite! Historic Legislation on Stripper Labor Rights Passed in Minneapolis

The Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed a historic ordinance that has increased the labor rights of strippers in the city. The law now includes, but is not limited to: banning management from extorting tips from dancers, mandating contracts provided by dancers, requiring sexual harassment training for management, and preventing management and security with a history…Continue reading Dancers Unite! Historic Legislation on Stripper Labor Rights Passed in Minneapolis

DSW Supports the Continued Legal Fight Against FOSTA/SESTA

Next month, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the appeal of Woodhull Freedom Foundation et al v. The United States of America, a case that seeks to challenge the constitutionality of the Fighting Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA). FOSTA modified the Communications Decency Act Section 230 to permit civil and criminal suits against…Continue reading DSW Supports the Continued Legal Fight Against FOSTA/SESTA

2020 Candidates Consider Decriminalizing Sex Work

Democratic 2020 Candidates Struggle Over Whether To Legalize Sex Work (CBS News, July 11, 2019) DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey is quoted: “You have violence, you have exploitation, and you have blackmail. You have people operating outside the law, because legal protections are not extended to the entire industry.”

California To Pass Bill for the Health and Safety of Sex Workers

On July 1, 2019, the California Assembly passed SB 233 54-13. SB 233 is an act to amend section 1162 of the penal code by prohibiting the arrest of a person for misdemeanor drug- or prostitution-related offenses if that person is reporting a specified crime including assault, domestic violence, extortion, human trafficking, sexual battery or stalking….Continue reading California To Pass Bill for the Health and Safety of Sex Workers

“Gay Panic” Defense Can No Longer Be Used to Excuse Murder, a Win for Trans Sex Workers

Just before the June 30, 2019, kickoff of the World Pride March in New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed A2707, a new law that bans the “gay and transgender panic” defense from being used in murder cases prosecuted in New York State. The panic defense has historically been utilized to lessen charges in…Continue reading “Gay Panic” Defense Can No Longer Be Used to Excuse Murder, a Win for Trans Sex Workers

New York Legislator To Introduce “Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act”

On June 10, Assemblywoman Julia Salazar, in tandem with local coalition DecrimNY, announced that she would be introducing a series of bills in the NY legislature that would fully decriminalize sex work in New York State. While it usually takes years to enact legislation into law, the mere introduction of the NY legislation fits with…Continue reading New York Legislator To Introduce “Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act”

RI Legislators Hear From Experts On Impact of Prostitution Laws

COYOTE Rhode Island www.COYOTERI.org Contact Bella Robinson, Executive Director Bella@coyoteri.org (401) 525-8757  (cell) Providence, RI April 30, 2019 RI Legislators Hear From Experts On Impact of Prostitution Laws The Rhode Island legislature is considering a bill (HB 5354) sponsored by Chairwoman Anastasia Williams to create a special study commission to review the health and safety…Continue reading RI Legislators Hear From Experts On Impact of Prostitution Laws

Sex Workers and Allies To Hold Press Conference in Orlando, FL — Monday, April 22, 2019

Sex Workers and Allies To Hold Press Conference in Orlando, FL — Monday, April 22, 2019 We, SWOP (Sex Worker Outreach Project) Tampa, SWOP Orlando, SWOP Behind Bars, Sex Worker Solidarity Network, Decriminalize Sex Work, Florida NOW, and more, have gathered together today to ask our lawmakers to listen to sex workers and stop these…Continue reading Sex Workers and Allies To Hold Press Conference in Orlando, FL — Monday, April 22, 2019

Sex Workers and Allies To Hold News Conference in Orlando, FL

Decriminalize Sex Work www.DecriminalizeSex.Work Contact Kaytlin Bailey, Director of Communications kaytlin@dswork.org NEW YORK, NEW YORK April 18, 2019 Sex Workers and Allies to Hold News Conference in Orlando, FL Responding to the escalation of police stings targeting minority-owned massage parlors, sex workers and their allies will be holding a news conference on April 22 in…Continue reading Sex Workers and Allies To Hold News Conference in Orlando, FL

Sex Workers Are Organizing Against Proposed Prostitution Registry in Florida

Decriminalize Sex Work www.DecriminalizeSex.Work Contact Kaytlin Bailey, Director of Communications kaytlin@dswork.org NEW YORK, NY March 26, 2019 Sex Workers Are Organizing Against Proposed Prostitution Registry in Florida Half a dozen sex worker rights activists traveled from all over Florida to fight a proposed law that will target them and their clients. They are building a…Continue reading Sex Workers Are Organizing Against Proposed Prostitution Registry in Florida

DSW Files Legal Brief in Federal Court Case

DSW drafted and submitted to a federal CA court a spirited amicus brief that challenges the constitutionality of the devastating FOSTA/SESTA law. This “friend of the court” brief was cosigned by an impressive array of organizations, including Sex Workers Project, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Brooklyn Defender Services, St. James Infirmary, and other allies. DSW Newsletter Archive

Prostitution Advocacy Group Launches National Campaign To Decriminalize Sex Work

Decriminalize Sex Work www.DecriminalizeSex.Work Contact Kaytlin Bailey, Director of Communications kaytlin@dswork.org NEW YORK, NY ***EMBARGOED UNTIL 5:00 p.m. ET on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3*** Prostitution Advocacy Group Launches National Campaign to Decriminalize Sex Work In response to the new federal law that resulted in widespread censorship of websites that include sexual content, a new national organization…Continue reading Prostitution Advocacy Group Launches National Campaign To Decriminalize Sex Work

The Electronic Frontier Foundation Files a Federal Lawsuit To Challenge the Constitutionality of SESTA

Representing the Internet Archive, Human Rights Watch, the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, massage therapist Eric Koszyk, and sex therapist Alex Andrews, and endorsed by human rights groups including the ACLU, Amnesty International, and Prostasia Foundation for Child Abuse prevention, EFF challenges the criminalization of protected speech.  On September 24, the suit is dismissed on the basis…Continue reading The Electronic Frontier Foundation Files a Federal Lawsuit To Challenge the Constitutionality of SESTA

SESTA Is Signed Into Law by President Trump

In the weeks following the passage of the law, the federal government seizes Backpage.com, where many sexual service advertisements have migrated to different sections, sex workers are forced back onto the street, facing violence and increasing the power of exploitive pimps. Law enforcement is forced to abandon hundreds of open trafficking investigations that relied upon…Continue reading SESTA Is Signed Into Law by President Trump

The Federal Government Wages an Investigation Into backpage.com

The Federal Government Wages an Investigation Into backpage.com, the Largest Remaining Platform of Internet Advertisements for Sexual Services Instead of Undergoing Investigation, Backpage Shutters Its Adult Services Page After Years of Resistance. The final report, published on January 8, 2017, was entitled “Backpage.com’s Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking.” The findings of this investigation have…Continue reading The Federal Government Wages an Investigation Into backpage.com

Marist Poll Confirms Attitudes

In a poll conducted by Marist Poll for WGBH Boston for their show Point Taken, we can see that majority of men agree that prostitution should be legal and just fewer than half of women agree that it should be legalized. (Marist poll, May 2016)

Craigslist Opens Its Erotic Services (ERS) Page

From 2002 to 2010, Craigslist provided an Erotic Services section on its front page, effected with several other specialized advertisement sections like housing, cars, childcare, etc. ERS initially provided free advertising to legal sex workers ,such as private dancers. It was quickly utilized by those participating in prostitution to match with clients and coordinate appointments….Continue reading Craigslist Opens Its Erotic Services (ERS) Page

University of Pennsylvania Publishes a Study on Commercial Child Sexual Exploitation

Professors at the University of Pennsylvania published a widely cited study in which they estimated that some 326,000 children were “at risk of commercial sexual exploitation” in the United States. The role of the internet was not specified, but it was stated that the online victimization of children had reached “epic proportions.” Importantly, the nature…Continue reading University of Pennsylvania Publishes a Study on Commercial Child Sexual Exploitation

Reno v. ACLU

In this landmark case, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of the ACLU. The anti-indecency provisions of the CDA are an unconstitutional violation of first amendment rights. The ACLU argued that the censorship provisions criminalized expression protected by constitution because the terms “indecent” and “patently offensive” are overbroad and vague. Importantly, the decision did…Continue reading Reno v. ACLU