Melissa Gira Grant is a writer and freelance journalist covering sex, tech, and politics, in the streets and everywhere else. Her latest book, Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Verso, 2014), challenges the myths about selling sex and those who perpetuate them. Her reporting and commentary appears in The Nation, Wired, The Atlantic, Glamour, The Guardian, In These Times, The Washington Post, Dissent, Slate, Salon, and Valleywag, among other publications, and she's a contributing editor at Jacobin. She lives in New York.
Last year, Monica Jones was targeted as part of Project ROSE, an “arrest alternative” anti-prostitution program. As Jones’ trial starts, here’s a look at how Project ROSE operates.
California’s Prop 35: A Misguided Ballot Initiative Targeting the Wrong People for the Wrong Reasons
California voters hold the power this Election Day to decide if many thousands of people convicted of prostitution-related offenses in their state must now register as sex offenders.
When you picture a human rights defender, are they carrying handcuffs? Are they removing you from your home or workplace and directing you into a police van?
In response to increased calls for prohibitions on sex work at a Congressional hearing and intensified campaigns against the internet sex trade, Third Wave Foundation released its position statement on young people engaged in sex work.
In rural Nevada, the possible expansion of the brothel industry has sex workers hoping to be given a central role in governing their own industry, rather than being seen as at-risk women who require protection from themselves.