Pittsburgh Sex Workers Are Being Charged With Carrying Condoms, or, 'Instruments of Crime'–Raising the Question of Who Is at Risk

Condoms are now “instruments of crime,” according to the Allegheny County, PA police, which has been using them to charge sex workers with first-degree misdemeanors, ostensibly toward the broader goal of cracking down on human trafficking. The news, first reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review earlier this month,…

Hundreds of Sex Workers Rally for International Whores Day

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA—“STIGMA KILLS,” “MY BODY, NOT YOUR CHOICE,” “SEX WORK ≠ TRAFFICKING”—those were just a few of the signs pumped in the air as over 300 sex workers and allies gathered Saturday in downtown Oakland for International Whores Day, a global celebration of sex workers’ rights. This long-standing annual…

Colombian Sex Workers Launch a Newspaper—and It's 'Flying Off The Shelves'

Sex workers in Colombia have started a newspaper that is “flying off the shelves”—a rare distinction for any newspaper these days. La Esquina—which means “The Corner,” in English—is made by and for sex workers in Bogotá’s red light district, according to the Guardian. It’s both distributed as a regular newspaper and,…

Craigslist Wiped Its Personal Ads in Response to Sweeping Anti-Trafficking Bill

Craigslist personals are gone. No more “w4m” or “m4m” or even “strictly platonic.” This famous little corner of the internet shut down in response to the Senate voting to pass the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), a law ostensibly meant to prevent sex trafficking but that puts sex workers in danger and, as…

Alaska Lawmakers Are Trying to Make Sexual Contact Between Police Officers and Suspects Illegal 

According to HuffPost, in all 50 states it is currently legal for police officers to engage in “sexual contact” with sex workers who are under investigation. And now in Alaska, where sex workers report they are frequent targets of sexual abuse at the hands of the police, a bill is being introduced that could eliminate…

Former President Jimmy Carter Wrote a Bad Editorial About Sex Work and the 'Nordic Model' 

Former President Jimmy Carter is a humanitarian, a man of faith, an advocate for women’s rights, and an all-around likable former politician. Except when he writes about sex work, as he does periodically, where he promotes the so-called “Nordic Model,” even as Amnesty International and other human rights groups point…