Gary Haugen is cradling the padlocks in his thick hands. A former high
school football player–bristly crew cut, broad shoulders squeezed into
a dress shirt–Haugen has more the mien of a military man than a lawyer,
although his image is in keeping with the muscular work of the
organization he founded and heads. The president of the International
Justice Mission, an evangelical Christian organization devoted to
combating human rights abuses in the developing world, Haugen is musing
over the mementos of IJM’s work in India and Cambodia.
I reviewed Siddarth Kara’s book. He is strong on structural issues but his book turns to salacious material and hero fantasies.
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.
Research for Sex Work 11 is online. It’s the only journal of its kind, with contributions from sex workers, health workers and NGO staff. Articles from India, Mali, Spain, the UK and the US, illustrated with beautiful photographs by Mathilde Bouvard, discuss pleasure and sex work, the failures of raids to help trafficked persons, violence against sex workers and more.
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.
The White House’s appointment of Luis de Baca to be the head of the Trafficking In Persons office suggests that it appreciates the importance of a harm reduction approach to the problem of trafficking.
Does U.S. foreign policy combat HIV and trafficking, or combat women working in the sex sector?
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.
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.
2008 edition of Research for Sex Work published; Wall Street Journal takes an in depth look at the candidates’ judicial philosophies; Supreme Court again rejects abortion poster case; Doctors walk fine line on teen pregnancy; NYC seeks to increase availability of EC for teens.