Tag: sex work

BangBros Is Staging a Public Relations Campaign Against Mia Khalifa

Screenshot via BangBros’ site about Mia Khalifa In mid-June, Mia Khalifa posted a TikTok video of herself looking morose around the house with the caption “That hourly dissociative attack from remembering hundreds of millions of people’s only impression of you is solely based on the lowest, most toxic, most uncharacteristic 3 months of your life […]

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Sex Work Hasn’t Stopped During Coronavirus

In Spain, sex work employs an estimated 100,000 women and generates €4 billion a year. Like many other countries, Spain tolerates sex work but hasn’t legalised it, leaving sex workers in a cruel legal purgatory: they can pay taxes, but aren’t recognised as employees. When the country went into lockdown in March, sex work was […]

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The Justice Department’s Fake Fight Against Sex Trafficking

As has been the case all along in the war on human trafficking, and only more so under the current administration, a press release announcing victory with the passage of a new law or the unsealing of a criminal indictment will garner far more attention than how the law is used in court. What matters, […]

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‘Why Is a White Woman Worth So Much More?’: Inside the Porn Industry’s Overdue Reckoning

Late last month, several porn companies’ statements of support for Black Lives Matter were met with intense skepticism from black performers. In response to a statement of solidarity sent by the porn site Brazzers to “black talent, members, colleagues and fans,” performer Kristi Maxx responded, “Cool! Thanks. We would love for y’all to diversify your talent […]

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Coronavirus Is Making Us All Camgirls

For millions of newly remote workers in the United States, doing your job in this pandemic now involves looking presentable on camera, in a relatively pleasing setting at home. With bedrooms and basements doubling as offices, the line between work and life has more deeply fractured, maybe permanently. Even when we aren’t strictly working we […]

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The Coronavirus Is Making Us All Camgirls

For millions of newly remote workers in the United States, doing your job in this pandemic now involves looking presentable on camera, in a relatively pleasing setting at home. With bedrooms and basements doubling as offices, the line between work and life has more deeply fractured, maybe permanently. Even when we aren’t strictly working we […]

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Making Money on OnlyFans Is a Lot Harder Than You Think

Since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) started spreading rapidly through North America in mid-March, Taylor Stevens, a 29-year-old cam model, has been working major overtime. Stevens used to work about 40 to 50 hours per week, she said. Now, she works about 80 and her income, which already allowed her to live comfortably, has doubled. She […]

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Male Sex Workers Are Making Case-By-Case Decisions About Just How Close to Get

12 Play is packing his doctors’ scrubs, mask and gloves, and hopping on a $57 flight from Atlanta to Chicago this weekend. But he’s not going to the Windy City to practice medicine. He’s performing at a bachelorette party for a lesbian wedding, where he’ll strip to everything but the mask and gloves. The women […]

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‘Be Careful Who You Treat Like Shit’: A Former Porn Star Sues Her School

Three weeks after Nicole Gililland attempted suicide, her therapist asked if she missed the light she saw that night. As much as she dislikes acknowledging the cliché, Gililland had just described standing a few feet from a cracked door through which shone a sliver of astonishingly bright light. She assured her therapist that she did […]

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The Trump Administration Finally Broke the Anti-Trafficking Movement

When Congress passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, 20 years ago, it was hailed as a shining example of bipartisan consensus. “You’ve got soccer moms and Southern Baptists, the National Organization for Women and the National Association of Evangelicals on the same side of the issue,” Michael Horowitz, senior fellow at the conservative Hudson Institute […]

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The New Majority Behind Sex Work Decriminalization

When people have a real chance to say what kind of world they want, they tend to tell similar stories: safety for themselves and their families, dignified work, health care. Viewed this way, there is something almost intuitive about many left ideas. Which means the real trouble with building support for them isn’t so much […]

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Human Trafficking Courts Are Not a Criminal Justice “Innovation”

New York state’s court system considers its Human Trafficking Intervention Courts—special courts sold as an alternative to jail for women facing prostitution charges—to be a national model for such programs. From Queens to Columbus, these courts share a common presumption: that women engaged in sex work are, in the words of the judges on the bench, “victims, not criminals.” […]

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