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Mom Busted Pimping Daughter for Super Bowl Weekend 'Fetish Stuff'

A Florida mother brought her 15-year-old daughter to New York City this week to make quick cash with a pimp. When she was arrested, Yolanda Ostolaza told police that she knew she would be subjecting her child to “escorting and prostitution.” Dammit, Florida — it’s only Monday! » 2/03/14 12:20pm 2/03/14 12:20pm

Facebook Does Care About Sex Trafficking -- If They're Shamed Into Caring

This week, Facebook earned a lot of good press when they decided to finally adjust their community standards. Previously, photos of breastfeeding women would get deleted after one or two people reported them as inappropriate, while entire Facebook pages promoting violence against women and rape went unchallenged, no… » 6/06/13 4:17pm 6/06/13 4:17pm

NSFW: Facebook Says That Page Trafficking Women Doesn't Violate TOS (Updated)

Just this week, there's been a lot of press surrounding Facebook's crackdown on hate speech after companies threatened to pull their advertising dollars from the site. Facebook admitted it hasn't been adequately policing reports of hate speech, particularly pages that focused on women. They put up a blog post about it… » 6/05/13 3:02pm 6/05/13 3:02pm

Sex Workers and Anti-Trafficking Groups Want To End Condoms as Evidence

Sex workers, anti-trafficking groups, the New York Civil Liberties Union, public health advocates, and LGBTQ organizations are today lobbying the lawmakers of New York state to pass a bill that would make the possession of condoms inadmissible as evidence in criminal prosecutions of prostitution and related offenses.… » 4/23/13 2:05pm 4/23/13 2:05pm

Sick Tourists Marrying Teenage 'One Month Brides' for Sex in India

The act of child prostitution is getting a whole 'nother level of terrible in Hyderabad, India. A 17-year-old girl who was sold to a Sudanese man as a "one month wife" ran away from her so-called husband, exposing the increase of such sham marriages for the purpose of sex tourism in the the country. The phenomenon is… » 4/15/13 6:45pm 4/15/13 6:45pm

Game Makers Hope People Will Want to Save Women From Genital Mutilation on Facebook

A new Facebook game inspired by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof's book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, in which players are tasked with the goal of "raising awareness" of issues like female genital mutilation, child prostitution, and sex trafficking, launches early next… » 2/18/13 10:00am 2/18/13 10:00am

Wider Cellphone Use Among India’s Sex Workers Threatens HIV-Prevention Programs

India, which has been a surprising success story in AIDS prevention throughout the aughts, might be on the verge of a serious health crisis thanks to the more widespread use among sex workers of cellphones, those fragile, rectangular amulets of modern independence. Though India's sex trade used to be largely localized… » 11/25/12 2:00pm 11/25/12 2:00pm

Trafficking in Wrongs: Why Californians Need to Vote No on Prop 35 and Why the Rest of Us Should Care

The CASE Act, Californians against Sexual Exploitation, is a ballot initiative against trafficking that's designed to tug at the heartstrings of a misinformed public. After all, no one supports commercial sexual exploitation except the people who gain from it. But here's the thing: the people who actually know about… » 11/05/12 7:00pm 11/05/12 7:00pm