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03.06.15 Karen Gardiner

Ten years ago at a sports bar in the East Village, Rachel Aimee, Rebecca Lynn and Raven Strega threw a party to raise funds for their brand new magazine, $pread. Despite none of them having any prior experience in publishing they launched $pread’s first issue on March 15, 2005. The magazine contained a feature on […]

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07.21.14 Marina Galperina

This morning, NY1 aired a short report on sex trafficking in New York City, pointing out startling statistics regarding underage victims. The New York State Office of Children and Family Services says about 1,900 girls under the age of 18 are commercially sexually exploited in the city, some as young as 11 years old. Another 7,300 victims […]

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05.13.14 Andy Cush

Yesterday, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced that the NYPD will stop using condoms as evidence for prostitution arrests, a change advocates have been pushing for years. The policy shift will allow cops to continue using condoms as evidence in sex trafficking cases. “This is a reasonable approach to targeting the most at-risk community as it […]

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04.28.14 Andy Cush

Good news: a bill that would prohibit prosecutors from using condoms as evidence against sex workers in New York has passed through the state Assembly and could soon get approval in the Senate. If passed, it would be the law of its kind in the U.S. Beyond simple discrimination, the practice of using condoms to […]

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07.24.13 Marie Calloway

Savn.tv, a media production company associated with the religious and conservative Salvation Army is asking for $100,000 to fund their new anti-porn and anti-prostitution documentary Hard Corps on Kickstarter. The documentary contains interviews with “current and former porn stars, directors, anti-porn specialists and addiction therapists,” as well as “undercover footage” taken in brothels. Aside from exhibiting all the aesthetics […]

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07.18.13 Marie Calloway

German photographer Bettina Flitner took portraits of clients at the brothel Paradise in Stuttgart, Germany. The men, aged 21 to 73, told her why they visited brothels. Their answers were quite frank and revealing. Christian, 23, forwarding merchant, single: Why I pay for sex? Women are often a pain in the ass. They stress me when […]

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07.12.13 Andy Cush

Police shut down no less than 12 massage parlors in Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Bensonhurst for alleged prostitution this week, arresting owners, managers and workers. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office is investigating whether workers were “victims of human trafficking, being manipulated or held against their will,” according to Brooklyn Paper, and whether a central organization […]

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10.31.11 Marina Galperina

“This woman is already dead so I photograph her ghost,” Scot Sothern writes. This is one of the pretty ones. The derelict, addled bodies of the others with their cavernous flesh glimmering against hotel walls and alleys, sloshing their breasts and flashing mangled genitals… That makes for a great photography exhibit. It comes with anecdotes. […]

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05.19.11 Marina Galperina

The new doc film Scarlet Road follows Australian Rachel Wotton and her campaign for the rights of two marginalized groups… […]

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