The Week In Links—June 27

by Red on June 27, 2014 · 2 comments

in The Week in Links


The front page of post-seizure (screenshot)

The front page of post-seizure (screenshot)


In a terrible blow for Bay Area sex workers, the sites and were shut down by the FBI, accused of money laundering and facilitating prostitution.  Redbook was one of the few free advertising sites left where sex workers could advertise, talk to and screen clients with a degree of distance.

Steph Key, a member of the Australian Parliament, is trying for the third time to make decriminalization a reality in South Australia.

Some brothels in the Dolly district of Surabaya are still running, despite being officially “shut down” last week.

Operation Cross Country, a five-day nation-wide trafficking sting, yielded 168 child victims, many of whom had never been reported missing, and far more adult workers.  The children, who are primarily runaways, many of whom weren’t reported missing by their families, will be returned to their families where possible or placed in foster care. In at least one instance a driver was also arrested on charges of conspiracy and promotion of prostitution.

Anne Elizabeth Moore and Leela Corman did a comic strip about what anti-trafficking NGOs  really do for Truth-Out’s series Our Fashion Year.

Toronto’s Maggie’s Sex Worker Action Project is raising funds to battle C-36.

Some interesting opposition to banning sex work in Kenya ranging from the classic defense of sex workers’ human rights to STI prevention to: “These sex workers help some men who are constantly beaten by their wives.”

Anti-sex work feminists in Ireland pulled out of panel on sex work when they discovered actual sex workers would also be on the panel.

In San Francisco, there’s a peep show on a boat: “All These Darlings and Now Us,” is “a waterborne installation combining performance art, urban resistance and a sex-positive philosophy.” Artist Constance Hockaday cited the gentrification-fueled demise of the Lusty Lady as an inspiration.

The World Cup hasn’t been a boon to Brazilian sex workers so far.

Juliana Pucillo brings a healthy dose of real talk to this mostly sensationalist feature on the vulnerability of migrant children to sex work.

Lorelei Lee went to the state capitol to lobby against AB-1576, the bill that makes condom use in porn mandatory in California.

“When our jobs are illegal, they not only become more dangerous, they also become more stigmatized,” she says. “In a time when porn performers already face the abrupt closing of our bank accounts, discrimination in hiring and in housing applications, and a risk of firing from other non-sex-work jobs we might obtain, the question of our livelihood moving underground becomes one of survival.”

Siouxsie Q. is interviewed in this article on technology and dating among the rich of the Bay Area, written before the closure of Redbook.

The proposed Anti-discrimination Act in India would protect non-binary gendered people, sex workers, disabled people and some indigenous communities from discrimination.

Just because sex workers can report assaults in decriminalized countries doesn’t mean they’ll be taken seriously by juries, as the verdict in this New Zealand trial proves. Because it’s more believable that sex workers would bring assault and rape charges over a payment disagreement than that they were actually assaulted.

Prostitution with knowledge of AIDS is still a class-five felony, regardless of the kind of safety measures or type of sex agreed upon.

 Former sex worker Arlene Pitts won Toronto’s Vital People Aware for her harm-reduction work for drug users and street sex workers, including safer sex kits and Acudetox programming. 

Berlusconi’s excuse for hiring a then-underage sex worker is that he thought she was the niece of the former president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, and didn’t want to give offense.

Sex workers in Venezeuela are protecting themselves against inflation by charging in US currency for their work.

The Frisky interviews sex worker photographer Isabel Dresler.

The Supreme Court says cellphones can’t be searched without a warrant.

More on Canada: This Lethbridge Herald op-ed points out that:

“There is nothing in this proposed legislation that would have prevented Robert Pickton from his reign of terror against prostitutes and drug addicts – the six he was convicted of killing, the 20 he was also charged with murdering, or his own tally of 49. There is nothing to prevent more Picktons.”

Women’s News reports that neither side is happy with C-36.  Terri Jean Bedford, (the Bedford of Bedford v. Canada which challenged Canada’s prostitution laws)  says, “…that it will not survive the courts, is not enforceable on any significant scale and is a gift to organized crime if it does stand up.”  This op-ed in the New York Times asks “What would it take to legalize prostitution?”

Investigations into allegations of human trafficking in New Zealand say they have found no concrete evidence that it’s happening, though a report from the US State Department claims otherwise.

Not all sex workers are rich Eastern Europeans in need of saving! Clare Jones debunks a list of myths about street workers so we don’t have to.

Joe Manganiello marvels at his luck in discovering the male strippers of La Bare.  “To think that I could stumble on this desert island that wasn’t recorded on any map was mind-blowing to me.” Why does every auteur assume that they must be the first to have discovered a particular subset of sex workers?



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Alan July 4, 2014 at 8:23 am

You may want to add a link and possibly a review about a 2003 movie, “First Amendment of Korea” that is just now available for streaming with subtitles on the website, at this web address

The movie is about a prostitute that runs for parliament after one of her co-workers is raped and both police and politicians refuse to act because the victim is a prostitute.

While the story line is predictable, it is well acted and has enough touching moments to keep one’s interest until the predictable outcome. (Of course she wins

While the movie is a decade old, my sense is that some of your readers will find it interesting to see how a Korean moviemaker treats the lives of prostitutes in a country where sex work, or near sex work is a common practice


Alan July 4, 2014 at 8:28 am

The story listed above from New Zealand about assaults against sex workers is the premise for what drives the election campaign in the movie “First Amendment of Korea” I should note that the title really refers to the First section of the constitution, which sounds a bit like the preamble of the US Constitution.


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