The often brutal side effects of Truvada, or PrEP, as well as general lack of adherence to medical standards, may be the undoing of widespread PrEP use. Studies have shown the prophylactic may be too flawed to work, in fact, “a public health disaster in the making.”
A Brazilian sex worker has been forced into hiding after speaking out against a brutal and illegal police raid on May 23rd of this year. The worker and her family have received threats; there is a campaign to raise funds to help them here.
After being arrested for prostitution, Marcia Powell was left in a cage in the Arizona sun and she died later that same day. PJ Starr’s documentary, currently in funding stages on IndieGogo, tells her story, and examines the sex work and prison policies that caused her death.
In a glorious paradox, Susan Patton—the “Princeton Mom” who urged young female coeds to go to Princeton to get a husband—is currently outraged by another Princeton alumni who used the alumni listserv to advertise her documentary on sugar babies and daddies. The commentary her hypocrisy inspired is maybe the best part:
“Susan, you, of all people, have a problem with this? I mean, shit, you’re the one telling us not to give away the milk for free while simultaneously harping on our youth and attractiveness to men as our primary assets in finding a husband who will (hopefully) support us (financially) for life,” wrote one alum. “I swear, you can’t write this stuff.”
I can’t. Maybe Curtis Sittenfeld.
The UN is urging Botswana to legalize prostitution as a part of the global war on HIV. The Minister of Labor and Home Affairs agreed, saying it’s time sex workers were acknowledged as existing. (!)
Switzerland’s “drive in sex boxes” (no, really, that’s what they’re being called) have been declared a success a year after operation. In return for a small tax, sex workers working in the boxes have access to:
on-site social workers and security (and no pimps). . . Onsite amenities include a panic button in each “box,” laundry, showers and a cafe, the Agence France-Presse reports.
The good people of Pleck, believing themselves plagued by a prostitution problem, could find their solution in Zurich’s approach… but judging by their tone they probably won’t, instead seeing ticketing and then banning sex workers as a much better solution.
The South African Sex Workers Project, a mobile outreach project in Johannesburg, reports seeing a drop in the level of HIV/AIDS infections among sex workers compared to other cities as well as an increase in the number of workers who report using condoms, despite the higher prices men try to pay for unprotected sex.
Sex workers in Geelong, Australia, be wary! Police in Geelong have decided it’s time to be stern in response to reports of illegal brothels operating in the area:”We’re also making sure that the courts are aware of it, the tax department is aware of it and, if there’s an immigration issue, that they also are informed.” Let’s hope the police don’t do too much damage.
The Geelong police may have it wrong, however, at least on the tax front: even illegal sex workers are registered and pay taxes, as Sharon Jennings explains.
Sex workers from across the Caribbean will be attending a sex worker advocacy conference in October hosted in Guyana by Guyana Sex Worker Coalition and Caribbean Sex Worker Coalition. The conference will teach advocacy skills as well as set up more organizations and train them in local law and workers’ rights.
For those who like academic prose, this looks great: “The Paradox of Neoliberalism: Migrant Korean Sex Workers in the United States and ‘Sex Trafficking,”an article following Korean migrant sex workers and the [negative] influence of neoliberal immigration and anti-trafficking policies on their lives.
Cities in Germany are fighting a losing battle against keeping prostitution and brothels out of their limits; not only the mega-brothels but smaller independent businesses are winning court cases over their right to operate in the area, though some of the brothels are actually losing interest in staying.