“How the Feds Are Using Civil Asset Forfeiture to Threaten Free Speech: Sex, publishing, and quasi-legal theft collide in the Backpage prosecution.” Elizabeth Nolan Brown
Reason Magazine: A 2016 study funded by the Justice Department concluded that the total number of juveniles in the sex trade in the United States was about 9,000 to 10,000. The study also found that only about 15 percent of the children relied on pimps and that the average age of entry into the sex trade was 15.8 years.
The Best Sex Work Writing of 2017: Elizabeth Nolan Brown covered the issues with such clarity that this year a re/post instead my personalized Year in Review (YIR) seems most effective. Let's Step To It! - M. [Hit and Run] rounded up the year's best writing, reporting, and research on erotic industries, those who work in them, and how they're getting screwed by U.S. authorities and laws. Elizabeth Nolan Brown Dec. 31, 2017
Human-Trafficking Arrests Are Very Rare in Most States - shared from Reason.com - Overall, the data do little to support the idea that the U.S. is experiencing unprecedented levels of labor and sex trafficking or that we are in the midst of some sort of "modern slavery" epidemic.
The Anchorage Police Department is fighting a pair of state bills that would criminalize cops who have “sexual contact” with people under investigation. The reason for the opposition, according to Deputy Chief Sean Case, is that there are “very, very limited” situations in which cops need to cross that boundary — specifically, when it comes to undercover investigations of sex workers. Article by Tracy Clark Flory for Vocative; supporting statistics from ISWFACE LA.