Sunday, March 22 2015
You may have heard about the Justice for Human Trafficking 2015 bill this week. The bill caught media attention because there are abortion limitations listed in certain subsections of the bill. Those sections are technical and political – and not the subject of this blog!
Instead, I want to talk about the wisdom of limiting services to minors. On the surface, this seems reasonable, considering the legislation is designed to address the trafficking of minors. However, the reality is, we are very early in our fight to remedy this problem – leaving many in the unfortunate position of graduating out of service eligibility, just when they are in a position to advocate for themselves. Click on the title to continue reading.
Saturday, March 07 2015
Sex work, and the women who engage in it, has been a recurring theme in the history of rock, pop, and hip hop music. Classic 70s songs such as The Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women” and LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade” detail the yearning and nostalgia of the sex workers’ clients, while songs such as Nick Glider’s “Hot Child in the City” and Donna Summer’s “Bad Girls” are cautionary tales about young girls ensnared in the sex trade. The 90s and early 00s brought us songs that glorified pimping and denigrated sex workers, such as Ice-T’s “Pimp Anthem” and 50 Cent’s “P.I.M.P”, and in the last couple of years we heard Lana Del Ray’s sad ode to a sex worker, “Carmen.” No matter the genre, few songs have told us stories from the sex worker’s perspective, but when they have, they have illustrated the social ills that make the sex industry thrive. Click on the title to continue reading.