Below is a list of online articles we have started compiling, which speak to sex work in politics, society, and our culture. This is by no means a complete list of articles, it is simply a starting point.

We will be adding to this list, and we welcome submissions at info(at)swop-seattle.org

Sex Trafficking Controversy

The violations of human rights within the sex trade are a reality that all of us wish to see eliminated. However, the sex worker rights community generally feels that the current trend towards “Ending Demand” for sexual services and “rescuing” people from the sex trade are moralistic, abolitionist, and often misinformed approaches that actually do more harm than good. Below are articles related to the controversy around current issues of human sex trafficking.

Village Voice:
Real Men Get Their Facts Straight
http://www.villagevoice.com/2011-06-29/news/real-men-get-their-facts-straight-sex-trafficking-ashton-kutcher-demi-moore/

Village Voice:
CNN Leads Media’s Mass Paranoia Over A Non-Existant Epidemic
http://www.villagevoice.com/2011-07-06/news/stuck-in-trafficking/

The Washington Post
Lies, Damned Lies and Sex Workers Statistics
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/03/27/lies-damned-lies-and-sex-work-statistics/

Newsweek
Somaly Mam: The Saint (and Sinner) of Sex Trafficking
http://www.newsweek.com/2014/05/30/somaly-mam-holy-saint-and-sinner-sex-trafficking-251642.html

New York Times
The Price of a Sex-Slave Rescue Fantasy
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/2014/05/02/research-shows-that-minor-sex-trafficking-narratives-do-not-reflect-the-experience-of-many-domestic-sex-workers/

The London School of Economics and Political Science
Research shows that minor sex trafficking narratives do not reflect the experience of many domestic sex workers
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/30/opinion/the-price-of-a-sex-slave-rescue-fantasy.html?_r=1

The Guardian
Soho Police Raids Show Why Sex Workers Live in Fear of Being “Rescued”
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/11/soho-police-raids-sex-workers-fear-trafficking

Tits and Sass
Dragged Off by the Hair: An Indian Sex Worker Recalls a Raid
http://titsandsass.com/dragged-off-by-the-hair-an-indian-sex-worker-recalls-a-raid/

Eminism
Operation Cross Country VII Roundup and Comments
http://eminism.org/blog/entry/387

Eminism
Rescue is for Kittens: 10 Things Everyone Needs to Know About “Rescues” of Youth in the Sex Trade
http://eminism.org/blog/entry/400

Sex Worker Stigma

Trust.org
7 Myths About Sex Workers
http://www.trust.org/item/20140722101548-xsc8w/?source=hpblogs

Slixa
Branded: The Fight for Employment After Sex Work
https://www.slixa.com/under-cover/476-branded-the-fight-for-employment-after-sex

Salon
Ethical Sluts and “Dirty Whores”: Straight Talk About Sex Work
http://www.salon.com/2013/12/29/ethical_sluts_and_dirty_whores_straight_talk_about_sex_work/

Cato Unbound
Treating Sex Work as Work
http://www.cato-unbound.org/2013/12/02/maggie-mcneill/treating-sex-work-work

VICE
The Importance of Writing Accurately About Sex Work
http://www.vice.com/read/stoya-on-the-importance-of-accurately-writing-about-sex-work

Criminalization, Legalization, and Decriminalization

Charlie Glickman, PhD.
End Demand is Bad for Sex Workers
http://www.charlieglickman.com/2014/07/12/end-demand/

Open Society Foundations
10 Reasons to Decriminalize Sex Work
http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/publications/ten-reasons-decriminalize-sex-work

Vox
Study: Rhode Island Accidentally Decriminalized Prostitution, and Good Things Happened
http://reason.com/blog/2013/12/21/brooke-magnanti-on-canadas-supreme-court

Reason
Canada’s Supreme Court Striking Down Prostitution Laws
http://reason.com/blog/2013/12/21/brooke-magnanti-on-canadas-supreme-court

Feminist Ire
Enduring (the) Myths: Sex Work, Decriminalization, and the Nordic Model
http://feministire.com/2013/04/08/enduring-the-myths-sex-work-decriminalisation-and-the-nordic-model/

The Globe & Mail
For Sex Workers, The Nordic Model Still Falls Short
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/for-sex-workers-the-nordic-model-still-falls-short/article18713169/

TIME
What the Swedish Model Gets Wrong About Prostitution
http://time.com/3005687/what-the-swedish-model-gets-wrong-about-prostitution/

The Guardian
I Am a Former Escort, and Trust Me, Criminalizing Prostitution Doesn’t Help
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/03/rhode-island-indoor-prostitution-now-illegal

The Toast
Something Rotten in the State of Sweden
http://the-toast.net/2013/08/29/sex-workers-rights-in-sweden/

In These Times
What India’s Sex Workers Want: Power, Not Rescue
http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/15271/defending_indias_sex_workers_from_washingtons_rescue_attempts

The Atlantic
What is Was Like to Work a the Lusty Lady, a Unionized Strip Club
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/08/what-it-was-like-to-work-at-the-lusty-lady-a-unionized-strip-club/279236/