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Human Trafficking and The Caribbean: Part 1

The Department of State’s 10th Annual Trafficking In Person’s Report ranks countries on progress against human trafficking. How are Caribbean nations responding? How does this report help to create change and build community?

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(ACTION) Condoms Aren’t a Crime! Sign a petition, Save a Life?

Why are condoms, one of the most effective HIV/AIDS prevention tools, being used as evidence of criminal action in New York, San Francisco and Washington DC? If you’re outraged, sign your name.

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Got Condoms? You Can Be Arrested in New York

Under New York State law, carrying condoms is admissible as evidence of prostitution in a legal case. This means practicing safer sex is one more thing that can lead a sex worker to get arrested.

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Not Even Close: Efforts to Fight Violence Against Women are Missing the Target

The root cause of violence against women is that our society allows violence against women and young girls to go unpunished. If we truly want to stop violence against women, stricter polices for those perpetrating women would be put into place telling men that any act of violence against any woman is not okay. Our silent acceptance of violence against certain cohorts of women must be addressed if real change is to occur. 

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Criminalizing Sex Work to Combat Trafficking: Rhode Island Considers the Wrong Solution to the Wrong Problem

The State of Rhode Island seems poised to take a significant step backwards on its legal treatment of both sex work and trafficking when legislators resume their session this fall.

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Geishas and Whores

A lot of people, especially white people, are invested in defending geisha, in putting them on a pedestal. And when they do that, it does harm to Japanese-American women and to all Asian-American women.

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Stopping the Terror: A Day To End Violence Against Prostitutes

On December 17, sex workers will converge in Washington, D.C. for a National March for Sex Worker Rights where marchers “will take a stand for justice, and the freedom to do sex work safely.”

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AIDS Health Workers and Anti-Trafficking Activists – Is There a Conflict?

In the global crisis of violence against women, there is a heated debate about the best way to approach the issues at the intersection of HIV/AIDS and human trafficking. Advocates of “harm elimination” push the abolishment of sexual slavery, trafficking, and prostitution. Those who believe in “harm reduction” are working to ameliorate the HIV/AIDS crisis in a pre-existing negative situation.

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SF’s Proposition K: Changing the Landscape for Sex Workers

Proposition K, San Francisco’s measure to prohibit the use of public funds to enforce laws criminalizing prostitution, would change the landscape for sex workers in the city in critical ways.

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Survival Sex

Hundreds of women of the 1.5 million Iraqi refugees in Syria have turned to prostitution. But advocates understand it for what it really is – “survival sex.”

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