08 Feb

Shutdown of sex-trafficking websites long overdue

By Alisa Bernard, The Seattle Times, 22/01/2016

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I CRIED with joy when I learned the King County Sheriff’s Office, the Bellevue Police Department, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the FBI shut down one of the longest-running sites promoting prostitution in the Northwest.

I know it’s one of the oldest online sites because more than a decade ago my body was being sold on it.

This website allows sex buyers to review women they have bought, encourages other men to do the same, and it does nothing to reduce the harm to these women. Reviews include such details as whether the women matched their pictures, to prices for each sex act or hour, thinly veiled in board lingo as “donations.”Continue Reading Shutdown of sex-trafficking websites long overdue

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20 Dec

Review ‘Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution’

By Rachelle Tchiprout

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‘Paid For – My Journey Through Prostitution’ by Rachel Moran is an autobiographical book about her experiences as a prostituted woman in Ireland for 7 years. There are a number of things Rachel Moran has taught me – and her story is one that should be shared with all. All of these lessons are essential to the knowledge of the world of prostitution, and essential to my understanding of the roles of women in today’s society. The key things I have learnt from Rachel can be summarized as:

  1. Prostitution is not, and never will be, a product of ‘sexual liberation’
  2. Women do not ‘choose’ prostitution. Is it a ‘choice’ when there appears to be no viable alternative?
  3. Prostitution should not be made illegal. The act of buying sex should be. Why punish the exploited and not the exploiter? (Also known as the ‘Nordic model’)
  4. There is no difference between a ‘high-class prostitute’ and a street-walker.
  5. Drugs are commonly a result of prostitution (and thus perpetuate it), as the women involved search for a mental escape from their traumatic lives.
  6. If you have never experienced prostitution, you cannot possibly assess the extent of its mental and physical influence over an individual.

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13 Dec

Police Bust Woman Trafficking Ring in Tel Aviv

Times of Israel 29/11/2015

Network smuggled Russian and Ukrainian women into Israel and ran brothels in luxury high-rises, investigators charge

A months-long undercover police investigation has uncovered a women-trafficking and prostitution network in Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan. The investigation, reported Sunday by Israel Radio, was conducted under the auspices of the Tel Aviv Police and resulted in the arrest of two men suspected of running the trafficking ring.

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08 Nov

Paying the Price

By Rebecca Hughes

At least once a week, someone mistakes me for a prostitute. It started two years ago when I moved to south Tel-Aviv. At first I didn’t understand why cars were pulling up alongside me as I walked home, trailing me for a few moments and then driving away. After a few months I casually mentioned this strange behavior to one of my neighbors.

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