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my review of Siddarth Kara’s book Sex Trafficking

I reviewed Siddarth Kara’s book. He is strong on structural issues but his book turns to salacious material and hero fantasies.

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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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Research for Sex Work 11 is online

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.

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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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Good News On U.S. Anti-Trafficking Policy

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.

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She-roes Visit Washington to Share Victories Working with Women in the Sex Sector

Does U.S. foreign policy combat HIV and trafficking, or combat women working in the sex sector?

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Resisting the Sex Panic: Sex Workers Struggle for Evidence-Based Regulation in Nevada

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.

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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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Roundup: Research for Sex Work, Candidates’ Judicial Philosophies

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.

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Sex Work, HIV/AIDS and Human Rights: From Criminalization to Protection

At a panel session on sex work and human rights, advocates called for the implementation of effective HIV program and policy interventions based on the respect for the human rights of sex workers.

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