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Why the Women’s Rights Movement Must Listen to Sex Workers

Sex workers organized by Kthi Win. [img src]

To label and disregard sex workers as “victims” who cannot comprehend their true “enslavement” is condescending, disempowering, and untrue. 

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Empire State Stupidity: New York’s Condom Policies Undermine Public Health and Human Rights

When deciding whether to charge an individual with prostitution, New York City police officers routinely consider if that person was carrying condoms. Even more disturbing, officers frequently destroy condoms in an attempt to get people not to sell sex for money.  Two new reports examine the impact of this misguided law which seems to directly conflict with the city’s ongoing efforts to promote condom use. 

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Police Abuse of Sex Workers: A Global Reality, Widely Ignored

Cambodian sex workers stage a protest against a police crackdown on prostitution. © 2008 AP Photo

Sex workers deserve the basic respect and protection from violence that each nation owes its citizens. But in many settings, police abuse of sex workers receives scant public attention despite its entrenched global reality.

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The “H” Word

It would seem that no one enjoys being called a “hooker,” whether you are a sex worker or not.

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Louisiana Sex Workers Will No Longer Be Labeled as Sex Offenders

Louisiana’s era of forcing certain convicted sex workers to register as sex offenders appears to be over. Governor Jindall’s office announced today that he had signed into law a bill, sponsored by Louisiana State Representative Charmaine Marchand Stiaes, that effectively moves prostitution convictions back to the level of misdemeanor.

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RH Reality Check’s Most Read Stories of 2010

The ten most read stories on RH Reality Check this year include Christine O’Donnell’s crusade against masturbation, a look at how universities deal with sex in dorms, and early reporting of the Utah legislation that sought to criminalize miscarriage.

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Treating Violence Against Sex Workers as a Hate Crime

Over the last decade sex work projects, the police and other agencies in Liverpool (United Kingdom) have been addressing violence against sex workers, encouraging reporting and taking crimes committed against sex workers seriously.

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Can We End Violence Against Sex Workers?

Our staunch moral judgment of individuals who by choice or circumstance participate in the sex industry results in the shattering silence around incidents of rapes, assaults, and murders of sex workers.

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Police Violence And Sex Workers in Europe, Central Asia

The state consistently fails to punish police who commit violence against sex workers.

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Violence Against Indigenous people in the Sex Trade in Canada

Aboriginal sex workers are subject to dual discrimination, experience high rates of violence, including murder, and high rates of HIV among other outcomes associated with violations of their human rights.

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