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Sex Work news and analysis from The Nation
March 30, 2018
New Legislation Aimed at Fighting Trafficking on Digital Platforms Could Put Sex Workers in Danger
By closing down online portals, politicians are pushing sex workers onto the streets.
October 31, 2017
DC May Soon Be the First US City to Decriminalize Sex Work
A bill before the City Council aims to put sex workers’ well-being first.
August 2, 2016
These Korean Adoptees Grew Up Like Typical American Kids. Then They Learned They Weren’t Citizens.
Many of these adoptees have been unable to hold steady jobs or travel back to Korea. Some have been deported.
Alyssa Jeong Perry
April 5, 2016
Mapplethorpe, Prince of Darkness
A new HBO documentary on the late photographer is smart enough to realize that his power derived from his creepiness.
January 7, 2016
What the Pathetic Case Against Rentboy.com Says About Sex Work
Without victims or allegations of trafficking or coercion, the case against Rentboy is particularly weak. It’s also drawn new groups into the movement to decriminalize sex work.
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December 16, 2015
Trans Sex Workers Are 25 Times More Likely to Be HIV Positive Than the General Population
Here’s what can be done to push back against this unacceptable trend.
October 23, 2015
Pimps All Around: In Defense of ‘Louisville Madam’ Katina Powell
People castigating the woman who supplied sex workers to Louisville basketball groups should be pointing their fingers elsewhere.
October 9, 2015
Kim Davis Is Not an LGBT Southerner’s Only Problem
The organizing project Southerners on New Ground takes on police profiling and deportations in its fight for LGBTQ liberation.
September 25, 2015
Why Do Sex-Work Diversion Programs Fail?
New York’s scheme to divert sex workers from the criminal justice system has often further criminalized them.
August 12, 2015
Amnesty International Is Finally on the Right Side of the Sex Work Struggle
The international organization's bold move is lauded as a strong first step by those it affects the most—individuals within the sex industry.
Melissa Gira Grant