Thank the gods that the Super Bowl is this Sunday. We can say goodbye to another year’s worth of trafficking/stripping/sex work stories related to the Big Game. But first, some gems from the last week:
PolicyMic contributor (and daughter of Jamie, CEO of JP Morgan Chase) Laura Dimon basically rewrote every Super Bowl trafficking story ever. Then a reporter from the Dallas Morning News showed up in the comments to tell her she was wrong, and an editor’s note was posted stating that erroneous information had been changed. But there’s still plenty in there!
The NYPD have already made almost 300 prostitution-related arrests because, of course, the Super Bowl equals human trafficking equals let’s arrest lots of people. The founder of the non-profit Girls Educational and Mentoring Services says that the focus on human trafficking surrounding the Super Bowl may actually be hurting victims, not helping them.
Tits and Sass co-editor Susan debunks the myth of the influx of sex trafficking during the Super Bowl in this fantastic piece for Sports On Earth.
The Super Bowl Media Day got a little a weird. This query was lobbed at Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman: “…All of you football guys going into the strip clubs, and throwing… raining down on these strippers. I think that’s a bad example for our young ladies. How can we stop that? I think it’s a bad example that we’re setting for our young girls that they need to be strippers.” Tits and Sass would like to remind reporters that strippers do not think these footballers are setting bad examples. Strippers actually love it when wealthy football players give them money.
Plus, strippers are athletes! This Vocativ article talks to dancers preparing for Super Bowl crowds about injuries, conditioning, and the physical demands of working a big game weekend.
Here’s a profile of a stripper in her 40s who’s looking forward to working the Super Bowl crowds at none other than the Bada Bing, aka Satin Dolls in Lodi, NJ. It’s a pretty cute profile and we hope she banks! We’d buy a dance.
New Brunswick’s deputy attorney general Luc Labonte stands by the province’s decision to drop most prostitution cases, given the Canadian Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down the country’s prostitution related laws. Although the Court left the anti-sex worker laws in place for the next year, New Brunswick’s public prosecution services determined it would be “unfair to request a person to answer to charges that we now know have been deemed unconstitutional.” Public officials standing up for sex workers? O brave new world, that has such people in it.
This is a terrifying story about the deaths of eight sex workers/police informants in Jefferson Davis Parish, and the result of two years’ worth of investigative reporting on the law enforcement corruption that has not resulted in a killer being found.
Is this a fucking joke? The Street launched an “investigation,” discovered that sex workers are using Twitter (O RLY?) and notified Congress. Rep. Chris Smith (R. – N.J.) has requested to speak with US Atty. Gen. Eric Holder to initiate a “crackdown” on social media. Seriously, somebody nominate these journalists for a Pulitzer. Just imagine all of the “work” that went into their investigation.
RIP Aiche Nana, the Turkish belly dancer and stripper who inspired La Dolce Vita.
The Pope is going to regret having blessed a male stripper’s parrot when we all show up with our cats.
Did you know that January is Human Trafficking Awareness month? Club Owners Against Sex Trafficking (COAST) will be hosting seminars across the country to help strip club owners identify victims. Interesting.
Janet Mock, in the preface to videos about her experiences as a trans sex worker: “I do not believe using your body—often marginalized people’s only asset, especially in poor, low-income, communities of color—to care after yourself is shameful.”
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Kristy Althaus, runner-up in the Miss Colorado Teen USA 2012 pageant, may have lost her status as the second-best Colorado 2012 teen pageant contestant after some porn apparently featuring her emerged on the internet last week.
Police are investigating email threats to sex workers in Newfoundland, because in Canada, sex workers can go to the police when they are threatened.
Bitchflicks did a week of posts on representations of sex workers in film.
HA! The feds have to pay legal fees for the dancer who had $1 million wrongfully seized. Hey, turns out that having her tax records helped her win her case, food for thought if you stack a million singles.
Fuck you, Ed Sheeran, we hated your song about a sex worker and you’re a prick.
It would be totes adorbs to sell a couple’s dance to these two cutie-patooties.
Andy Wade (née John Hotchkiss), who may have been England’s first male stripper, has passed away at the age of 87. Wade was memorialized in a Beryl Cook painting called “Ladies Night.” “Ladies Night” is considered one of England’s most recognizable paintings.
The licensing system that exists to help regulate Edinburgh, Scotland’s sex saunas is no longer (wonder if it ever did) protecting sex workers. A new system will be developed that will emphasize harm reduction through a “holistic approach.”
Siouxsie Q., founder of The WhoreCast, juxtaposes San Francisco’s spirit of sexual freedom with the threat of working under Prop. 35 in this cover story for the SF Weekly.
Whoa. Something really suspect is going on with P411. Proceed with caution.
On Febuary 4, at 5:30 PM EST, we will be interviewing sex work activist Monica Jones LIVE. Jones is currently facing charges of “manifesting prostitution.” We covered Project ROSE’s relationship to her arrest here and Al Jazeera’s bungled coverage of Project ROSE here.