Press Release: Under The Red Umbrella Monday, December 17, 2018 will mark the 15th annual observance of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. As people gather around the globe to celebrate the holidays, some mourn the loss of those close to them. In Philadelphia, the observance features two connected community events: … Continue reading Press Release: Under The Red Umbrella
4 ways the US can take the lead in the fight against human trafficking | World Economic Forum
HUMAN TRAFFICKING Child victims of human trafficking cannot be prosecuted for crimes they are compelled to commit under a new law that also requires police to contact the state Department of Human Services whenever they encounter a child who has been sexually exploited. The Department of Human Services also must establish ways to provide victims with homes, schooling, training and counseling.
NSWP announces an important Norwegian court decision in all respects as a precedent for similar cases for sex workers who are in a similar situation and conveying to employers that persons selling sex have the same legal protection as other workers. Congratulation to Lilith for the good work and having the strength and courage to bring the case to court
(C) Sarah Doughty Kerosene “I didn’t know who I would be. But I think I know now. I was meant to survive.”
NEWSDAY: Corinna Slusser of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, was last seen on Sept. 20, 2017, in near 1922 Boston Rd. in the Bronx. She last spoke with her mother that day, NYPD officials said. According to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday in Manhattan federal district court, she was one of two alleged sex trafficking victims of Ishi Woney, 23. By Anthony M. DeStefano
Another Report Shows That FOSTA Increased (Not Decreased) Sex Trafficking; Where Is The Outrage? | Techdirt
Authorities break up Norristown prostitution ring By Oscar Gamble firstname.lastname@example.org NORRISTOWN — At least four people are facing prostitution-related charges stemming from their alleged involvement with an incall/outcall brothel authorities say operated out of two locations in the municipality.
apple.news/AKDfreXliTfmWZvYmrIzQVw You buy a purse at Walmart. There’s a note inside from a “Chinese prisoner.” Now what? By Rosalyn A. Warren Tracing a mysterious message across the world to understand how what we buy is made. When Christel Wallace found a piece of paper folded up at the bottom of her purse in March 2017, … Continue reading Real Slavery Is Clear, And It Is Also Our Fault As Consumers
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Ø Date of Workshop: Friday, October 5th, 2018 Ø Time: 10:45-11:55 Ø Title of Workshop: Instrument of Crime: Condoms, Prostitution, Prosecutors and Public Safety in Pennsylvania Ø Workshop Location: The Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch Streets (West Concourse Entrance) Ø Room # : 106ab Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your workshop … Continue reading Beyond The Walls: Reentry Summit and Prison Healthcare
Instrument of Crime: Condoms, Prostitution, Prosecutors and Public Safety in Pennsylvania Philadelphia Convention Center 106AB Presentation: Friday 10/5/2018 10:45 AM Outlawed in California, New York, and Washington D.C., since 2012 Pennsylvania prosecutors have been using Comstock Act era tactics in an effort to detain prostitutes to combat trafficking. Is charging individuals for Instruments of Crime (IOC) effective policing tactic in ending human trafficking; or is contributing to challenges in addressing important public health risks surrounding HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, and sexually transmitted diseases? Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are combining forces for important advocacy work to draw attention to these practices.
The Millionaire Abolitionist by Stephen Lemons : As McNeill points out, Demand Abolition provides funding to law-enforcement agencies with the provision that those agencies will work in concert with the group to emphasize enforcement on the consumer end of the exchange of commercial sex — and to adopt its terminology. For example, the document suggests use of the term “sex buying” rather than “prostitution,” because “Prostitution is a ‘gray area.’ Sex buying puts the onus on the buyer.”
SESTA/FOSTA imposes accountability on internet service providers, remains misinterpreted by many | TheHill — Read on http://www.google.com/amp/s/thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/judicial/388694-sesta-fosta-imposes-accountability-on-internet-service-providers?amp May 22, 2018 - 08:15 AM EDT SESTA/FOSTA imposes accountability on internet service providers, remains misinterpreted by many BY SHEA M. RHODES, JAMIE PIZZI AND SARAH K. ROBINSON, OPINION CONTRIBUTORS TWEET SHARE EMAIL In the era of "fake … Continue reading SESTA/FOSTA imposes accountability on internet service providers, remains misinterpreted by many | TheHill
A federal court considering a challenge to the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017, or FOSTA, dismissed the case on Monday.
According to data sent to me by the Philadelphia Police Department, from August 2017 to July 2018, the authorities arrested people for soliciting sex work 651 times. Inevitably, a large number of these arrests were traumatic for the people involved, many of whom were just trying to make enough money to survive.
"I have always thought that prostitution should be legal, and speaking with numerous sex workers affirmed that," Simonetti said. "The descriptions they provided of the manner in which they are treated were deeply troubling. Writing the piece was actually quite difficult for me. It felt pertinent that I piece together these narratives in a way that does justice to voices that often go unheard." SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 Penn student's op-ed makes case for legalizing prostitution in Pennsylvania Michael Tanenbaum PhillyVoice Staff
SWOP Behind Bars will be attending, presenting and tabling at the International Human Trafficking Conference in Toledo on September 20 and 21st
“I want safety of women, yes. I don’t want prostitution.” In the District of Columbia, City Council member David Grosso introduced legislation in 2017 to decriminalize all forms of sex work. The bill is backed by pro–sex worker groups including Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive, one of the nation’s oldest sex worker advocacy groups, and activists say they are hopeful the City Council will take up the measure later this year. Whether or not it passes is in some ways beside the point. Given the stigma associated with the industry, getting a major metropolitan government to seriously consider decriminalization would be a major coup for a constituency that has largely operated in the shadows.
Julia Salazar, who is running for a New York state Senate seat representing north Brooklyn, arrived a few minutes later to send them off. She said sex workers—“my constituents”—are disproportionately criminalized in her district. Bushwick, for example, was among the top five New York City neighborhoods where police made “loitering for prostitution” arrests as of 2015. She referenced the Brooklyn courts, where 94 percent of those facing loitering for prostitution charges were Black. “That should disturb all of us,” she said. Salazar argued that sex work policing was a central part of a bigger problem with Brooklyn’s approach to criminal justice.
“As with most other data related to human trafficking, there are huge gaps between estimates of prevalence or populations at risk and individuals actually identified as trafficking victims or enrolled in government programs. Better data and research are needed to begin distinguishing among possible reasons for the gaps between prevalence estimates and administrative data.”
AASECT distinguishes consensual sex work, which is undertaken by consenting adults by choice, from sex trafficking, which is undertaken as forced or coerced labor. Sex trafficking is a result of force, coercion, or the threat of force, and often involves children. Moreover, AASECT recognizes that sex workers, including sexological bodyworkers, surrogate partners, professional dominants, and lifestyle educators sometimes facilitate the work of sex educators, counselors, and therapists by providing hands-on adjunctive treatment services.