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Links 1 through 10 of 141 by Viviane Tang tagged sexwork

A ban on brothels puts prostitutes at risk and is unconstitutional, Ontario’s top court ruled Monday, in a case that is expected to be appealed to Canada’s top court and have ramifications for the country at large.

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It's not that getting dumped by his girlfriend soured Canadian cartoonist Chester Brown on the notion of romantic love, exactly. Because to sour on something, one would have to, at some point, feel strongly about it. And given the facts on evidence in Brown's latest autobiographical comic, the guy's not much for strong emotion. No, the Chester Brown we glimpse through the tiny black and white panels the artist arranges with such exacting precision is a creature of intellect. His approach to sex, in the wake of his girlfriend's rejection, is one of cool logic, dispassionate conclusions — and some very literal cost-to-benefit ratios.

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Some of those 10 people might be alive today if it hadn't been for the lackluster response of law enforcement and the press coverage of the case -- much of it sensationalist and dehumanizing -- all because of the first victims' sex-worker status.

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In Uganda and many other countries, they are denied access to HIV treatment, stigmatised by authorities and brutalised by police

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In college, she stripped. In graduate school, she sold sex on Craigslist. Then Melissa Petro became a popular grade-school teacher, known for inspiring her students. Her secret past could have stayed that way — until she blogged about it.

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Filmmaker Alex Gibney's new documentary, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, suggests that Spitzer's demise wasn't just about sex — that the many enemies Spitzer made on Wall Street and in the New York state capital at Albany may have contributed to his political demise.

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That's right, folks: there is no Santa Claus, and there is no Alexa di Carlo. Take a good hard look at the face of Thomas "Pat" Bohannan, the man who spends his time sitting at a government computer job pretending to be a sexy twentysomething escort/nymphomaniac in San Francisco.

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But I do take exception when someone creates false credentials in order to dupe the gullible. I worked hard to get a doctorate in sex education and many of my colleagues, whether they have academic credentials or not, have dedicated years of their lives to learn about sexuality in order to provide good information. I feel a lot of anger when someone pretends to have done the work in order to make it seem as if they know what they’re talking about....It also upsets me when people misrepresent sexwork. Usually, people make it seem as if it’s much a much worse career than it might be, especially when they want to ban it. But it’s also problematic when people glorify it because it creates a misrepresentation of the challenges and difficulties that sexworkers face. In turn, this romanticizes the profession and makes it more likely that people will decide to try it out without knowing how to protect themselves.

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This ugly display of disrespect is unwarranted and near inexplicable. Why would these women be so threatened by sex workers organizing for themselves, gaining national attention, and working to influence public perception? Is the abolitionist narrative or abolitionists' prominence as experts more important than the people they're purporting to help? The poor thinking and outright bigotry exhibited by some anti-prostitution figures can no longer go unchallenged. Sex workers of all ages and genders deserve better advocacy than this, and thankfully, as the recent VAMP example proves, their demands for more honest discussion may no longer go unheard.

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In 2001, Craigslist created a separate category on its website called "erotic services" (later renamed "adult services"). In addition to posting apartments for rent or sofas for sale, this site now facilitated sex – presumably between consenting adults. And so it went for nine years, until early last month when Craigslist closed down the service amid pressure from government prosecutors and child advocates. Daily Beast columnist Michelle Goldberg explains that many using the service were in fact trafficking minors.

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