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With Sex Workers Too, Rape Is Still Rape

As we talk about the importance of consent in the public discourse, upholding the right to say what is and isn’t violence must take precedence over our own discomfort about someone else's choices.

As we talk about the importance of consent in the public discourse, upholding the right to say what is and isn’t violence must take precedence over our own discomfort about someone else’s choices.

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How New York City’s Treatment of Sex Workers Continues to Harm Us

Advocates from the Red Umbrella Project rally in New York City against the Human Trafficking Intervention Courts.

In fall of 2013, the State of New York established the Human Trafficking Intervention Courts to change the way courts handled those arrested for prostitution. But I know firsthand that using this model can still cause violence to sex workers, because we don’t need treatment.

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How Sex Workers’ Rights Made the Mainstream

When law enforcement targets sex workers and the websites they use, mainstream outlets and organizations tend to give them a pass. But with the raid on Rentboy.com, that script has flipped.

When law enforcement targets sex workers and the websites they use, mainstream outlets and organizations tend to give them a pass. But with the raid on Rentboy.com, that script has flipped.

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House Passes Problematic Human Trafficking Bill

The much-ballyhooed bipartisan bill has provisions that alarm civil liberties and victims' advocates.

The much-ballyhooed bipartisan bill has provisions that alarm civil liberties and victims’ advocates.

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Beyond Birth Control: Recent Reproductive Justice Stories That Fewer People Are Talking About

Many advocates have understandably focused on the Supreme Court in recent weeks. But what gets lost in that focus are the stories that show the right to basic bodily autonomy is at stake for sex workers, trans people of color, and those who are disproportionately incarcerated.

Many advocates have understandably focused on the Supreme Court in recent weeks. But what gets lost in that focus are the stories that show the right to basic bodily autonomy is at stake for sex workers, trans people of color, and those who are disproportionately incarcerated.

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Why the ‘End Demand’ Approach to Sex Work Doesn’t Work

A criminal record is no way to help children and youth leave prostitution.

“End demand” campaigns, like the one suggested in a recent RH Reality Check commentary, are based on the false characterization of clients of sex workers as rapists, and perpetuated by the prostitution-as-violence camp. This is nothing but misogyny, pure and simple.

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Advocates Fight for Sex Workers’ Contracts in Switzerland

Even though prostitution is legal in Switzerland, sex workers cannot rely on the courts to uphold their legitimate employment complaints.

Even though prostitution is legal in Switzerland, sex workers cannot rely on the courts to uphold their legitimate employment complaints.

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‘I Have a Right to My Own Body’: How Project ROSE Tries to ‘Save’ Sex Workers

Last year, Monica Jones was targeted as part of Project ROSE, an "arrest alternative" anti-prostitution program.

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.

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Are Sex Workers’ Rights Becoming Thinkable?

Political developments last December suggest some growing political awareness of sex workers as human beings.

Recent political developments suggest some growing political awareness of sex workers as human beings.

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Talking to Sex Workers About Fighting for Their Rights, Feminism, and More

Women carrying a banner about sex workers' rights in the Capital Pride Parade on August 26, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario.

RH Reality Check recently spoke with sex workers Minnie Scarlet, Darby Hickey, and Violet Rose about what role they think feminism can play in sex workers’ rights, among other issues.

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