“Child Prostitution, Adult Prostitution, and the Obscure In-Between”

An outstanding article from The Prostitution Experience rebuts the notion that prostitution somehow becomes OK at the age of majority, or that child and adult prostitution can be disentangled. FreeIrishWoman writes: This is the dichotomy of adult and child and they are viewed as very separate, very distinct, so that there is a clearly perceived […]

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Stella Marr: “How the Sex Industry Threatens Survivors Speaking Out while Pimps Pose as Sexworker Activists”

Pimps put up a fog of propaganda around what they do, but they can’t fool prostitution survivor Stella Marr. Here’s an excerpt from her invaluable post of June 28: Pimp-affiliated groups such as the IUSW, SPOC, SWOP USA, COYOTE, the Erotic Services Providers’ Union and PONY must disband and reform as new organizations that are […]

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Psychology Today: “Porn-Induced Sexual Dysfunction Is a Growing Problem”

Psychology Today notes how porn use can impede sexual function. Fortunately, there is a solution. Recent behavioral addiction research suggests that the loss of libido and performance occur because heavy users are numbing their brain’s normal response to pleasure. Years of overriding the natural limits of libido with intense stimulation desensitize the user’s response to […]

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Porn Director: “My true responsibility was to make sure the girls got punished”

Sam Benjamin, porn director, reflects on the industry’s attitude towards women for AlterNet: …in due time, I came to learn that within the context of the heterosexual L.A. industry, while my overt task at hand was to make sure that the girls got naked, my true responsibility as director was to make sure the girls […]

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Massachusetts: Anti-Human Trafficking Bill Signed into Law

Welcome news from Massachusetts State Senator Stan Rosenberg: On November 21st, Governor Patrick signed into law a House-Senate anti-human trafficking bill that is being hailed as one of the toughest laws of its kind in the nation.        The new law includes criminal sentences up to five years in prison for attempted human trafficking, up to 20 […]

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Former Porn Star Jessie Jewels Story

Porn defenders like to claim that “choice” and “consent” shield the industry from criticism, but the lived experience of porn performers suggests the validity of this consent is often questionable. Jessie Jewels tells her story at the Pink Cross Foundation: First thing, gives a cocktail beverage on the scene. I took it. I was nervous […]

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ABC News: “HIV-Positive Performer Shuts Down L.A. Porn Industry”

Reported yesterday on ABC Nightline: A porn actor’s positive HIV test, which prompted a temporary shutdown of Los Angeles’ billion-dollar adult film industry Monday night, has reignited the debate over mandatory condom use in X-rated productions…“Testing is not a substitute for condom use, and it never will be,” said Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS […]

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