Posts Tagged ‘Prostitution’

Liberal prostitution laws make Switzerland trafficking hub

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018
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It is 8am and the rain is coming down in sheets. The streets are empty except for a dozen women and their pimps – women from some of the world’s poorest regions including Moldova, Romania, West Africa and Southeast Asia. Some are still in their teens. Not far away are numerous massage parlors and saunas offering women Read more

Prostitution is not a job. The inside of a woman’s body is not a workplace.

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
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One of the most persuasive myths about prostitution is that it is “the oldest profession”. Feminist abolitionists, who wish to see an end to the sex trade, call it “the oldest oppression” and resist the notion that prostitution is merely “a job like any other”. Now it would appear that the New Zealand immigration service Read more

“Ethical” brothel struggles to find staff

Monday, May 15th, 2017

The owner of Whangarei’s new ethical brothel has hit out at Work and Income New Zealand for blocking her efforts to find would-be sex workers from the ranks of the unemployed. Antonia Murphy who opened The Bach, in Whangarei, four months ago asked if  it was morally better to sell 40-plus hours a week of Read more

The psychology of human trafficking victims

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Nearly 21 million people around the world are currently victims of human trafficking, a vile crime that forces innocents into sex work, domestic servitude and hard labor against their will. Now, a new study in the American Journal of Public Health reveals that even rich, developed countries such as the United Kingdom suffer from staggering rates of Read more

Sisters’ networks breaking the human trafficking cycle

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Crystal was 13 years old when she met her pimp. Of course, she didn’t think of him as a pimp; he was her boyfriend, her savior, the man who doted on her and gave her the things her parents couldn’t or wouldn’t provide. “You know how you’re a little girl and you dream of Prince Read more

Five ways to end human trafficking

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

February 8 was the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. An initiative of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Travellers, it occurs on the feast of St Josephine Bakhita who was kidnapped by slave traders, sold into slavery five times, experienced daily beatings and was used as Read more

A nun in the brothels

Friday, December 5th, 2014

It’s Saturday afternoon and in an unmarked police car in central London a burly policeman is accompanied by a tiny, bird-like nun. A raid is about to take place on a brothel whose inhabitants, the police believe, include women who have been trafficked into Britain from eastern Europe. The nun is an integral part of Read more

Ex-prostitutes say decriminalisation has failed them

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Former prostitutes and their advocates are calling for clients of sex workers to be prosecuted, saying the decriminalisation of the industry has failed them. Freedom from Sexual Exploitation director Elizabeth Subritzky told Parliament’s justice and electoral committee the only solution to the damage that prostitution caused, and the violence it created, was to prosecute buyers Read more

Vatican steps up fight against human trafficking

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Pope Francis wants action against modern forms of slavery including forced labour and prostitution, the Vatican said on Monday after a meeting of experts called by the pontiff to debate the problem. “Some experts believe human trafficking will overtake drug and arms trafficking in a decade, becoming the most lucrative criminal activity in the world,” Read more

Legalised prostitution fails in Germany

Friday, June 7th, 2013

When Germany legalised prostitution just over a decade ago, politicians hoped that it would create better conditions and more autonomy for sex workers. It hasn’t worked out that way, though. Exploitation and human trafficking remain significant problems. Sânandrei is a poor village in Romania with run-down houses and muddy paths. Some 80 percent of its Read more