A Florida escort was arrested on charges of attempted murder for nearly biting her client’s penis off. It’s possible that this woman was just fulfilling a treasured universal sex worker fantasy, but I think it’s more likely there was an assault on the client’s part that we’re not hearing about.
Two teenage girls drowned in an attempt to escape a trafficking protection center in Thailand.
A bizarre French law that prohibited “passive solicitation”–which was defined as women wearing “revealing clothing” in “areas known for prostitution”–was overturned by the Senate. Now there’s some discussion of France adopting the Swedish model of criminalizing clients, which sex workers’ union Strass is opposing.
Maisonneuve attempts to parse a “fucked up paper maze” of new laws clamping down on migrant strippers coming to Canada.
Ontario street sex workers, represented by advocacy groups like the PACE society, are demanding a federal hearing by the Canadian Supreme Court, which will soon be deciding whether current laws criminalizing activity associated with prostitution are unconstitutional. They hope that their stories will influence the court to abolish these laws for good.
Swedish police set up a dummy sex ad, then claimed the hundreds of people who responded were “more curious than interested in buying sex.” Yes, it was obviously an intellectual exercise for all of them.
A Canadian student was stopped at the border to the US twice during her travels,interrogated for hours without food or water, and ultimately refused entry because she was carrying condoms and lingerie. She was accused of being a sex worker and berated for committing adultery. Rabble.ca posted her personal account of the ordeal.
The French government came up with some paternalistic reasons not to pass a measure that would subsidize sex surrogates’ services for the disabled, which were insulting to both sex workers and disabled people: a national ethics council ruled that authorizing sex surrogates would “merchandise the human body” and could leave recipients “emotionally vulnerable.”
Dutch legislators are debating laws that would prosecute clients for not reporting suspicions that sex workers are abused or trafficked. How about improving sex workers’ working conditions rather than putting pressure on consumers to regulate them? You know, like any other industry.
A recently passed bylaw bans brothels from the New Zealand town of Lyttelton. The reasoning behind this boils down to the usual whorephobic sex panic and think-of-the-children rhetoric.
Another sporting event–the World Cup, this time–another opportunity for panic about trafficking.
Here’s more in-depth reporting about the cards being handed out to Vancouver’s survival sex workers informing them of their rights with the police. The cards, meant to simultaneously educate sex workers and hold police accountable, were created by Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV) and the Pivot Legal Society.
Vice asks sex workers how they would design the perfect condom.
A Glasglow escort and rape survivor calls for the decriminalization of prostitution in Scotland in order for sex workers to be able to report attacks to the police without fear of arrest. The pseudonymous Molly is one of the organizers of the Sex Workers’ Open University’s Sex Workers’ Rights Conference, organized in response to attempts to adopt the Swedish model in Scotland. Scottish sex worker and candidate Laurie Lee also argues against criminalization of clients in an op ed in the Independent.