Amy Paul, an Ottawa sex worker, was found murdered in a local hay field this Tuesday after her family reported her missing on September 9th. Meanwhile, Amber Smith, another local sex worker who was reported missing two days after Paul, was found safe.
SWOP-NYC and SWANK challenge Sudhur Venkatesh’s fallacious “research” on sex work, in which he claims, among other things, “that sex workers ‘always’ carry ‘extra panties’ with them to sell to men as souvenirs and that escorts ‘keep working to pay for clothes and shoes’ even though they are ‘beaten, twice a year on average. ‘ ” Too bad respectable publications like Mother Jones and the Guardian were all too ready to swallow all this absurdity.
New York strip club Rick’s Cabaret dancers won a four year battle for minimum wage in federal court.
Studio 360 interviews Jill Soloway on her movie Afternoon Delight, in which a stay-at-home mom takes the stripper who gives her a private dance home to be her nanny: “Men know not to take strippers home, but women don’t.” Melissa Gira Grant comments wryly on Twitter: “My alt.chick movie: jaded sex worker befriends hipster housewife, feels again, commits to rescue her from marriage.”
Kitty Stryker, Tracy Quan, and the founder of Seekingarrangement.com talk sugarbabying to pay for college on HuffPo Live.
Fox okayed the pilot for a TV drama, The Whole Shebang, produced by Jennifer Garner, in which a soccer mom inherits a run down male strip club. We’re wincing in vicarious embarrassment already.
Spolia Magazine interviews long time sex worker ally artist Lauren Mccubbin about Monuments to the Risen, her large-scale art installation concerning the lives of sex workers. The interviewer actually asks her if she’s seen “Lovelace.”
The three Kink.com performers who tested positive for HIV this month, Cameron Bay, Rod Daily, and an unidentified third performer, called for condom use in porn. The Huffington Post interviewed Bay in an exclusive about disturbing experiences she had on the Kink.com set.
Cardiff police want to “tackle” street sex work, whatever that means. The only concrete measure we could identify from reading this BBC article was the the idea to “divert street sex work/prostitution into non-residential areas to reduce the impact on residential neighbourhoods.”
A new poll found that 60% of Canadian men approve of decriminalizing prostitution, compared to just 38% of women. The survey also reported that support for decriminalized prostitution was higher among all Canadians over the age of 35 — much higher than the 18- to 34-year-olds. “Sort of runs counter to the popular perception of a liberal youth growing more conservative as they age, doesn’t it?” The St Catherine’s Standard opinion columnist muses.
In the Indian city of Madurai, trans women despair of succeeding in business after retiring from sex work because of the wide-spread discrimination against them.
A Swedish pub was cleared of discrimination charges after bouncers denied entry to several Asian women in what owners claimed was an attempt to cut down on prostitution.
A study including of 195 participants quite justifiably claims to be “First Ever Survey of Irish Indoor Sex Workers.”
A Fair Observer profile examines incomplete legalization of full service sex work in Germany, and notes how it has reduced violence against sex workers.
The Scholar & Feminist Online features a photovoice project by ten women sex workers in South Korea’s Yongsan red-light district, an area targeted for demolition. Photovoice is a form of participatory photography in which the subjects themselves generate photographic works as a form of social commentary.
South African newspaper the Daily Maverick profiles the life of Leigh, a Muslim trans sex worker.
Prostitution scandals are used as a political football in a Senate scuffle over Obamacare.