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Girl Soldiers: Forgotten Casualties of War

At any given time, about 300,000 children between ages 8 and 18—40 percent of them females—are exploited as child fighters in conflicts in Africa, Asia and South America. Despite a congressional ban, the U.S. sends military aid to some of the countries involved.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE


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Women Seeking Refuge: a Crisis Within a Crisis

Sexual violence is part of the price many women and girls fleeing their countries for Europe must pay. This crisis—notably dire for Africans—can be mitigated if refugee aid agencies give priority to specific female-centered measures.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE

How Prostitution Became the World’s Most Modern Profession

There is considerable difference between the reality for those caught up in the sex trade and the rhetoric promoted by sex-workers unions and pro-prostitution advocates—including feminists.

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 READ MORE

‘On Contact’ With Chris Hedges: The Exploitation of Women Is Rampant Worldwide

In his new show on RT, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges speaks with activists against human trafficking Suzanne Jay and Taina Bien-Aime about the effort to end the sexual exploitation of women and girls.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Evidence About Prostitution That The New York Times Ignored

Dissenting voices are vital in the wake of Amnesty International’s championing of laws that decriminalize pimps, brothel owners and johns.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE

France’s ‘Non’ to the Notion of ‘Sex Work’ Is a Blow Against the Exploitation of Women

The passage of a law that criminalizes sex buyers and decriminalizes those who are prostituted sends a powerful rebuke to Amnesty International, which has taken a misguided stance on an issue of human rights. 

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 READ MORE

New French Law Targets ‘Johns,’ Not Prostitutes—Buying Sex Is Now Illegal

“You don’t hire a woman like you hire a car. Our society should no longer tolerate it,” explained the head of the Socialist group in the French Parliament.

Posted on Apr 8, 2016 READ MORE

Capitalism’s Cult of Human Sacrifice

Manchester, a poor Mexican-American neighborhood in Houston, is just one example of how industrial capitalism is killing us on an altar of profit.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Chris Hedges Confronts ‘The Whoredom of the Left’ With Anti-Prostitution Activists

In this episode of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges explores the conflicted and malignant relationship many self-identified leftists have with prostitution on both the ideological and practical levels.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Prostitution: Being Raped for a Living

Prostitution dehumanizes those trapped within it. Like America’s sanctification of militarism and war, the commodification of girls and women banishes empathy to glorify male violence.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE

Paid For

Rachel Moran, who spent seven years as a prostituted woman, explains in a book that is both excruciating memoir and brilliant political analysis, the real price that prostitution extracts from women turned into commodities under patriarchal capitalism.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE

70 Years After V-J Day, Still No Honor for Japanese Empire’s ‘Comfort Women’

The abuse and sacrifice they experienced in World War II goes unheeded, while Western countries institutionalize sexual exploitation of women.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

Amnesty International: Protecting the ‘Human Rights’ of Johns, Pimps and Human Traffickers

The group’s call for prostitution decriminalization is another in a long line of triumphs for heartless neoliberal economics and capitalism’s grotesque commodification of human beings.

Posted on Aug 16, 2015 READ MORE

Have Rich, White Feminists Made Matters Worse for Sex Workers?

Several famous actresses have signed a letter opposing Amnesty International’s proposal to decriminalize sex work. Veronica Bayetti Flores believes “their position is misguided in several ways.”

Posted on Aug 6, 2015 READ MORE

Fornicate, Rate, Review: The Controversy Behind Sex Worker Review Forums

While there is little debate as to the unsavory risks that many online boards harbor, Canadian sex worker review forums have elicited a polarizing response from the sex worker community.

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 READ MORE

The Sex Industry’s Attack on Feminists

Advocates of porn and prostitution will stop at nothing to silence those who speak out against their interests, labeling them prudes, conservatives, oppressors and bigots. The war against these feminists has recently culminated in widespread efforts to no-platform dissenters, including Truthdig’s own Chris Hedges.

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 READ MORE

Where Black Lives Don’t Matter: Serial Murder and Silence in South L.A.

Police don’t always to have to shoot to kill black people. “Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” which debuts Monday on HBO, shows how the devaluing of black women’s lives allowed a serial killer to roam free for 25 years.

Posted on Apr 26, 2015 READ MORE

No One Is Free Until All Are Free

The fight to end male violence against women is crucial to the struggles of wider liberation. We cannot stand up for some of the oppressed and ignore others who are oppressed.

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 READ MORE

Organizers Fail to Ban Chris Hedges From Speaking at Vancouver Conference

In response to his Truthdig column of March 8 on capitalism, the sex industry and the political left, organizers of an upcoming conference on exploitation and activism in Canada tried to remove the writer as keynote speaker.

Posted on Mar 14, 2015 READ MORE

The Whoredom of the Left

If we accept prostitution as legal, we will take one more collective step toward the global plantation being constructed by our corporate pimps.

Posted on Mar 8, 2015 READ MORE

Most U.K. Sex Workers Once Held Jobs in the Mainstream Economy, Study Shows

More than 70 percent of sex workers in the U.K. previously worked in health care, education or charities—while more than a third hold university degrees, according to one of the largest surveys of the industry ever taken.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 READ MORE

Can You Guess What Stone Is Becoming More Valuable Than Diamonds?

Diamonds may soon lose their place as the most coveted stone; technology is revolutionizing the sex-for-hire business; meanwhile, CNN’s Nancy Grace disparages Officer Darren Wilson’s testimony on the killing of Michael Brown. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 READ MORE


Alleged Sex Traffickers Exploit Welfare System to Abduct and Sell Child Slaves

After a national operation in which 168 children were rescued from sex slavery right here in First-World America, the BBC reports that pimps take advantage of a system meant to care for children without families of their own.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE

Recalled to Life

Christine Pagano’s drug addictions took her from a middle-class home to prostitution and homelessness on the streets of Camden, N.J., one of our poorest cities. Her journey into hell showed her the other America.

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 READ MORE

‘I Got Into Sex Work to Afford to Be a Writer’

Brooklyn journalist Melissa Gira Grant is one of the voices who has emerged in the last few years to defend the rights and dignity of people working in all parts of the sex industry. As her new book hits the shelves, she tells The Guardian about moving from sex work into journalism.

Posted on Mar 16, 2014 READ MORE

Japan Says It Will Not Revise Its Wartime Sex-Slave Apology

Japan has no plan to alter a landmark 1993 apology over wartime sex slavery, the government’s top spokesman said Monday, despite a controversial review of the statement that has sparked a backlash at home and abroad.

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE

The War on Women on the Internet

Abuse toward women online is out of control and victims shouldn’t simply have to ignore it; college rankings can affect the number of applications an institution receives; meanwhile, actor Rupert Everett argues that closing down London’s red light district is not about protecting women. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 READ MORE

Uruguay Likely to Become the First Nation to Legalize Marijuana

On Tuesday, Uruguay’s Senate will vote on a law that would allow for regulated distribution, production and sale of weed; income inequality in the U.S. is at its highest since 1928; meanwhile, Europeans are starting to believe that legalizing prostitution isn’t effective. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 READ MORE

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Europe Considers the Effects of Criminalizing Sex Work

Demonstrators gathered around Sweden’s embassies all over the world in July to object to what’s become known as the Nordic way to deal with prostitution—criminalize the purchase of sex, not the sale. The violence still surrounding sex work in European countries goes to show this isn’t the best option.

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 READ MORE

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Zurich’s Safe Sex Shacks

In response to the increase in women being coerced into the sex trade, the Swiss city has designed alarm-equipped wooden sheds in which prostitutes can practice their trade more safely. The shacks, dubbed “drive-in sex boxes” by locals, were put forth in an initiative that was approved by voters in 2012.

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 READ MORE

AP / Steven Senne

Ex.-N.Y. Gov. Spitzer Announces Run for Office

He’s ba-ack! Eliot Spitzer told The New York Times during a telephone interview Sunday night that he was running for New York City comptroller, marking his first bid for political office since he resigned in disgrace amid a prostitution scandal five years ago.

Posted on Jul 7, 2013 READ MORE

Sex Apology

Posted on May 28, 2013 ENLARGE

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Hell on Earth for Greeks

Greek victims of austerity are increasingly being forced to sell their bodies for cheap in horrific squalor and to escape painful reality with a new street drug.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE


GOP Lawmaker Makes Absurd Abortion Comparison

Election season is well and truly over, but that’s not stopping some in the Republican Party from continuing their campaign of saying crazy misogynist things showing how out of touch they are with issues pertaining to women and their bodies.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 READ MORE

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Condom Crackdown Subverts HIV Prevention Efforts

Women who carry around condoms—including sex workers who use them to protect themselves from HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases—are being criminalized in cities across the United States, as police agencies view possession of prophylactics as evidence of prostitution.

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 READ MORE

Taxes, Riots and Prostitutes

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Thousands of companies are withholding and keeping their employees’ state income taxes; 20 years after the L.A. riots: Whites don’t see the racial divide everyone else senses; the Secret Service and masculinity in Colombia; and Robert Scheer sounds off.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

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Taxes, Riots and Prostitutes

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Thousands of companies are withholding and keeping their employees’ state income taxes; 20 years after the L.A. riots: Whites don’t see the racial divide everyone else senses; the Secret Service and masculinity in Colombia; and Robert Scheer sounds off.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 READ MORE

New Secret Service Earpiece

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 ENLARGE

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DSK in Double Trouble

The combination of sex, hotels and criminal charges seems to be a common theme in Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s world, and it has landed him in another legal mess—this time in the former IMF chief’s homeland of France, where he’s caught up in a case known there as the “Carlton affair.”

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE

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Sex Slavery and Impotent Outrage

In the summer, when we are always in the mood for fun and frolic, “The Whistleblower” is an easy movie to ignore. But we should not.

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE

Sex Tourism: Is Ukraine Becoming the Thailand of Europe?

Today, Ukraine holds the unwanted title of being one of the world leaders in global prostitution—a reality fueled by the country’s harsh economic climate since emerging from the former Soviet Union. Despite the fervent efforts of anti-sex-tourism groups such as FEMEN, the illegal industry, which exploits children as well as women, is booming.

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

Ending Prostitution?

Harry Reid calls for an end to prostitution, why Obama changed his mind on DOMA and Google tweaks its algorithm. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 27, 2011 READ MORE

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Berlusconi Indicted on Underage Sex Charge

The Italian prime minister will face trial for allegedly paying a 17-year-old girl for sex, among other charges. If convicted, Berlusconi could get up to 15 years in prison, which might please the hundreds of thousands of Italian women protesting his behavior toward women.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE

‘Client 9’: The Rehabilitation of Eliot Spitzer

A confession: I’ve never liked Eliot Spitzer. He has his virtues: He is relentlessly—and not stupidly—articulate. He has the right enemies, be they corporate titans or the endemically corrupt denizens of the New York legislature. He is natty in his well-cut suits (by Hickey-Freeman, as the New York Times informs us).

Posted on Nov 6, 2010 READ MORE

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How Sweden Cut Prostitution by Half

A little more than 10 years ago, Sweden adopted a radical approach to prostitution. Rather than punish women who sell their bodies, Sweden publicly outs the men who pay for sex. The result is a 50 percent reduction in street prostitution, reports the Christian Science Monitor.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE

Craigslist Gets Censored

Craigslist, the online classifieds site responsible for everything from selling couches to hiring clowns for birthday parties, has quietly changed its “adult services” section—which has been the focus of controversy due to the heavy presence of prostitution services—to an eerie, blacked-out “censored.”

Posted on Sep 4, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Steven Senne

Eliot Spitzer Set for a Comeback Via CNN

Luckily for former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, although the press can be merciless when it comes to the sexual peccadilloes of public figures, there’s also potential for a good comeback story to rise from the ruins of a political career.

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 READ MORE

Center for American Progress

How Bankers Followed the Money Trail That Ousted Eliot Spitzer

Some key details have cropped up, in the form of a 2007 suspicious-activity report filed by North Fork Bank, that show how former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer got busted, and then ousted, for his, er, active involvement in the Emperors Club VIP prostitution ring.

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE

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Iceland: ‘The World’s Most Feminist Country’?

What does it mean to be a “female-friendly country”? According to the Guardian, banning prostitution and stripping, as Iceland has now done, makes it the clear winner in the global feminist sweepstakes.

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Pimpin’ 101 with Sean Hannity

Conservative faux-pimp prankster James O’Keefe earned high praise from Fox News’ starring lineup—Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity, among other Murdochians—for his infamous ACORN prostitution “bust” depicted in a video ... which turns out to have been edited, perhaps with a goal in mind. In keeping with this spirit, Stephen Colbert engaged in a little deceptive ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

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