Swedish activist and sex worker Jasmine Petite was reportedly murdered by her abusive ex after years of documenting his violent behavior to the police, only to have it ignored and dismissed in large part because of her occupation. You can read more here. Sweden’s criminalization of clients has long been lauded by anti-sex trade advocates and various feminists as an effective method of eliminating criminalization’s harm of sex working women. Jasmine’s inspiring twitter feed is still online.
In France, a debate is emerging around legalization of sexual surrogacy. (Which is still definitely not prostitution, ok?!)
Nicki Minaj instagrams photos of her strip club visit with the caption “I endorse these strippers.” Surely our T&S dancers also deserve such an auspicious blurb—though they’re probably not cool with being photographed at work.
Lebanese police may be called to account for their abuse of suspected drug users and sex workers.
Chinese sex workers’ rights activist Ye Haiyan was released from detention for defending herself from police assault, only to have the Guandong security police evict her, her partner, and her 14 year old daughter from their home. “‘If I ever see you again in Zhongshan, I’ll break your legs,” the head of the security police told Ye.
Philippine survivors of the Japan’s WWII era “comfort system” are planning a rally later this month to draw more attention to the decades of injustice and silence around their abuse.
India sees the positive impacts of SCOTUS overturning the anti-prositution pledge.
NYPD Commissioner jokes about shutting down 19 massage parlors in Brooklyn after finding that women working in those locations all had children still in Asia who needed their financial support. Haha!
Meanwhile, Eliot Spitzer is running for NY comptroller as a first step towards reviving his political career. Is that a 2020 run for president I feel coming on?
Amazingly, two men were acquitted of sex trafficking after women from their escort agency testified for the defense that they were all happy working together.
The New Scientist did a brilliant if unexpected interview with Laura Agustin—or at least, she’s brilliant in spite of the interviewer being rather dim.
This is old but since we didn’t mention it before, Silvio Berlusconi was convicted of hiring an underage prostitute.
In “at least u tried” news, a Washington Post book reviewer decides the lesson from the Robert Kolker’s book on the Long Island murders is that prostitution should be legal…and kept in brothels “like those in Nevada.” Dude, you almost had it!
The uber-conservative National Review calls for legalization of prostitution, too. While this article also advocates regulation, it at least doesn’t consign us all to brothels.
If you’d like an opportunity to laugh bitterly, I suggest reading this account of a Texas police officer desperately trying to convince fellow officers that a street worker “jumped into his truck and would not get out” in spite of admitting in a previous statement that he knew the woman in question. (The man was fired.)
We thought the South China Morning Post was a pro-sex worker paper, given its sympathetic coverage of Ye Haiyan’s case, but it showed its true colors in a recent feature entitled “Inside The World of a 10 Yuan Sex Worker.” The reporter admits in the article that she posed as a fellow worker to interview women in a Guangxi Zhuang region brothel. Yes, she’s so sympathetic to the plight of these survival sex workers that she’s willing to exploit them further by having them disclose sensitive information to her under false pretenses!
Speaking of journalists, ethical violations, and sex working subjects, a group of Kenyan sex workers’ rights orgs united in outrage against a local documentary which outed a number of sex workers without their consent. They’ve created a petition demanding that the documentary stop airing and pressing for an apology and a retraction from the broadcasting company.