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Margo St. James, RIP

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On January 21, 2021

The issue of sex work is complicated one, but the absolute principle needs to be that sex workers have rights and those rights need to be respected. But if your work is criminalized, you have no right

American Justice

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On December 3, 2020

Of course! Three women arrested last year as part of a high-profile “human trafficking” sting in Florida were sentenced recently as part of plea agreements with Palm Beach County prosecuto

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Ah Toy

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On June 25, 2020
Fascinating and excellent essay about Ah Toy, the Chinese brothel madam in Gold Rush San Francisco, and the anti-Asian racism that impacted her long life in California. An excerpt: In time, however, operating in the San Francisco sex trade became more and more fraught for the pioneering Ah Toy. More Chinese immigrants began arriving in […]

Legalize Sex Work

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On November 30, 2017

It’s not often that I agree with a conservative like S.E. Cupp, but her argument for legalizing sex work in the wake of the New York prostitute jumping to her death to escape a police raid is a

On June 23, 1855, a 19 year old slave woman named Celia murdered her master rather than allow him to rape her. She then attempted to burn his body, nearly succeeding in erasing all traces of the crime. She was arrested, convicted, and executed. This story gets at both the inhumanity of slavery and the […]

More Kristof

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On May 30, 2014

It seems that Nic Kristof was more than a dupe of Somaly Mam’s lies. Sounds like he was complicit to a significant degree: Many of her accolades, in turn, can be traced back to her friendship wi

Simon Marks has a long expose demonstrating that Cambodian anti-sex trafficking activist Somaly Mam lied about her own life story and trained children to make up stories about their supposed experiences of sexual abuse in order to get rich westerners to give large donations. In 2009, Nicholas Kristof wrote in The New York Times about […]
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