“Its time to change the social perception that she wasn’t a person, she was a “prostitute”. No one wants to feel a sense of community or sameness with her. She was something other than us and therefore we don’t need to feel fear or grief at the fact or the manner of her death.”
Unidentified women, 36 years old, falls from her death from a 3rd story building during prostitution raid, Nov 27th, 2017 in Flushing NY http://queenstribune.com/woman-falls-death-flushing-raid/ Freaking sad as hell that this woman died because the cops were doing a prostitution raid: https://www.facebook.com/events/1950197371901135/permalink/1950641071856765/?notif_t=event_mall_reply¬if_id=1511894726094505 The Facebook Shares: The NYPD has murdered one of our community members. On Sunday, a 38 year old woman died … Continue reading Death In Queens Raid Leads To D/17 at 109th Police Precinct
For this week's issue of the PGN, I wrote about the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Town Hall, a daylong event focused on ending sexual violence. It takes place on Saturday at the First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street. Here's a link to the article: http://www.epgn.com/news/local/12826-lgbt-inclusive-town-hall-explores-solutions-to-sexual-violence In addition to Woodhull, Project SAFE and other local groups are involved. Check it … Continue reading Woodhull Sexual Freedom Town Hall
Sex workers are the only population besides undocumented people that are criminalized for their status as a person. In fact many of the institutions that are supposed to protect us, are sent to erase our existence. Sex workers face many barriers in organizing, fighting for their labor rights and are often faced with hostility from members of their own communities.
Some lawmakers who voted in opposition to the resolution said they were opposed to the concepts covered by it since there are more pressing matters relating every day to sexual mores, the effects of which should be the first objective of a similarly declarative action by the committee. "For the last month, the biggest cultural issue that has not been talked about in this committee or the Pennsylvania House is sexual harassment,” said Rep. Kevin Boyle (D-Philadelphia). “The focus should really be on something that women feel every day, not just in this country, but in the western world.” Others, noting the language of the resolution, felt that despite its aims in trying to bring awareness to the damaging effects of early-life exposure to pornography, the resolution was so broadly drafted that it might infringe on First Amendment free speech rights.
In 2014, Batts was arrested on several felony counts of sex trafficking, accused of running one of Alaska’s largest known prostitution businesses. She pleaded guilty to one class B felony charge of sex trafficking, in 2015, and was sentenced to serve five and a half years. Batts has been serving her sentence on electronic monitoring since March -- after spending time incarcerated and in a halfway house. Her days start early and revolve around the clock. The morning of her release onto parole, she made her coffee as usual, and a cup of hot cocoa for her teenage daughter.
Amendment to HB 287. Amend the title of the bill by replacing it with the following: AN ACT establishing a committee to study issues related to changing prostitution laws in New Hampshire. Amend the bill by replacing all after the enacting clause with the following: 1 Committee Established. There is established a committee to study … Continue reading NH HB 287 Update
Adult survivors are part of the narrative. Some of us have been having this community conversation for a long time before this article. It’s sad to me that it’s only audible under the media spotlight. - Melanie Dante
WITF Reports: While most people might think of human trafficking as something that happens overseas, a recent decision to try two people on human trafficking charges in Norristown, Montgomery County shows the crime is occurring here in Pennsylvania
Police Reveal New Sex Trafficking Details About Missing Pennsylvania Teen Corinna Slusser by Emily Blackwood for Buzz on Your Tango dot Com