Kate D'adamo

Kate D'Adamo is the National Policy Advocate for the Sex Workers Project and a former Community Organizer for the Sex Workers Outreach Project in NYC. She works on federal and state-level advocacy and policy on issues related to the sex trade, including trafficking and takes the phrase "business casual" VERY loosely. She can be found at kdadamo@urbanjustice.org and on twitter trying to get John Oliver to have a drink and talk about decirminalization at @KateDAdamo.

These people look very pleased with themselves. (Photo of Speaker of the House Joe Boehmer signing the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, via Boehmer's Flickr account)

Speaker of the House John Boehner signing the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. (Photo via Boehner’s Flickr account)

This year, Congress decided that the term “john sting” needed a rebrand. What, they wondered, would justify all the wasted resources and manpower under a veil of moral indignation? After they put their collective hive mind together, a new, shinier, more bureaucratic term emerged. John stings are now called federally funded anti-trafficking work.

The change came earlier this year when Congress further institutionalized End Demand-style tactics by expanding the definition of who can be charged with human trafficking to include those seeking services from sex workers. And the way that these practices are being implemented is moving anti-trafficking work even further from addressing victimization—moving away from victims all together, in fact.