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Chris Hedges and Rachel Moran Discuss the Reality of Prostitution

The Truthdig columnist and the anti-prostitution activist examine how capitalism is at the core of sex work, which Moran (pictured, far right) calls “the commercialization of sexual abuse.”

Posted on Nov 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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How Can America’s Wealthy Sleep at Night When Some Teens Must Sell Sex or Drugs in Order to Eat?

A harrowing new study sheds light on the extreme measures some American children between ages 13 and 18 are taking in order to feed themselves. The report also calls into question the welfare policies of former President Bill Clinton.

Posted on Sep 12, 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



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



Rentboy Helped Me Stay Alive in This ‘Economy of Violence’

The late-August raid on what the U.S. government called the largest “Internet brothel” ended a “reliable, safe way I had to find clients” and disrupted “the sex trades’ networks of mutual support and safety,” writes an anonymous contributor to The Guardian’s comment page.

Posted on Sep 3, 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



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



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



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



‘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



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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


Working Girls Gone Wild in Amsterdam’s De Wallen

Men in Amsterdam’s red light district got an unsettling surprise when a group of shop window strippers put on an unexpected show.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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AIDS Conference Excludes Many of Those Most Affected

The International AIDS Conference returned to the United States this week after a 22-year hiatus, thanks in part to President Obama’s lifting of a 1987 ban on entry into the country by people with HIV or AIDS. But sex workers and drug users, two groups most affected by the epidemic, remain shut out.

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 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


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Spitzer Avoids Prosecution

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has avoided criminal charges for his well-publicized escapades with sex workers while in office. Largely responsible for the development was a decision by federal prosecutors to investigate Spitzer on questionable financial transactions—where they found no evidence of misuse—rather than the more titillating accusation of “transporting prostitutes across state lines.”

Posted on Nov 7, 2008 READ MORE


South Africa Prepares for World Cup, Prostitution

A plan to legalize sex work in time for South Africa’s 2010 World Cup has many in the country upset. While supporters believe criminalization puts women in harm’s way, religious groups and others argue that “family values” trump the interests of both the national economy and individual workers.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008 READ MORE


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