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Yet many anti-trafficking organizations, and the legislation they advocate for look to law enforcement as their main tool for combatting trafficking.Even though a 2009 report, also from The Sex Workers Project, found that both trafficking victims and social workers found police raids in the name of human trafficking to be both violent and ineffective.The crackdown on Backpage and sites like it is being done in the name of “human trafficking,” (ie: the force, fraud, or coercion and exploitation of labor, sexual or otherwise) which has captured the attention and pocketbooks of celebrities, politicians, and scores of bleeding heart Junior League types over the past decade, but experts say that going after advertising platforms in the name of combatting human trafficking is, in fact, accomplishing the exact opposite."Those who may have worked independently..now have to rely on third parties, including traffickers, in order to meet their needs,” Board Chair Lindsay Roth of The Sex Workers Outreach Project told on July 9.But it’s important to remember that though Ashley Masi and Sanisha Johnson’s stories have been hijacked by the anti-trafficking agenda, these women weren’t children incapable of making their own choices.
It seemed to glow faintly, but I knew that was just my poor eyesight. I watched how my friend handled the white titanium, laser-etched card. I wanted to hold it badly, but only because I'd read it was as scratchable as your favorite album and as porous as Silly Putty.They were adult American women trying to make a living in an economy with a vanishing middle class and fewer jobs every moment.They were not victims of human trafficking—they were victims of murder. The real culprit is the systematic hatred and dehumanization of sex workers, reinforced by their continued criminalization.The Green River Killer, who murdered close to 70 sex workers in the Pacific Northwest in the ‘80s and ‘90s, said that he chose sex workers as his victims because he knew he could kill as many of them as he liked without being caught, and he successfully remained at large for 20 years.
Two World Health Organization studies from 20 found that most instances of violence experienced by sex workers in New York and Vancouver were not reported to the authorities at all; and if they were, the police rarely, if ever, followed up or investigated further. If I ever feel unsafe at work, I do not go to the police for fear of arrest, ridicule, or worse.Tinder has been called the harbinger of the hookup-fuelled "dating apocalypse." But the truth of the matter is, hooking up isn't anything new (and may in fact be hardwired into our genetics).