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Too often pundits and politicians have claimed that adult consensual SWers are more concerned with making a living than with protecting children, or innocent victims of sexual exploitation. The argument goes something like, “Sure, SESTA/FOSTA made it harder for sex...
This article is an excellent overview of the history and recent efforts to decriminalize sex work in Rhode Island. A new report from the Rhode Island study commission found that criminalizing adult consensual sex work has only increased violence, exploitation, and STI...
Our friends at the Woodhull Freedom Foundation have created an easy to use tool to let your representatives know that you do not support the (well intentioned but) dangerous Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA). From Woodhull Freedom Foundation: The stated goal of the bill...
The Cato Institute has published a research brief confirming that decriminalizing or legalizing prostitution decreases rape. Prohibiting sex work, either through direct criminalization or end demand laws, significantly increases reported rapes. The brief is based on...
Sex workers in India have been fighting for their rights for decades and are an example of the incredible power of community organizing and advocacy. In 2001, over 25,000 sex workers gathered for a festival despite prohibitionist pushback. Their defiance is celebrated...
Freedom of expression on the internet — Lux Alptraum wrote an excellent piece for New York Magazine about age verification laws, the war on p*rn, and the ongoing fight for freedom of expression on the internet. Legislators are vulnerable to moral panics, but we will...
UN Working Group on the discrimination against women and girls reaffirms that fully decriminalizing sex work is the only policy that reduces violence and supports human rights.
Susanna Gibson, a Democratic nominee for a competitive seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, isn’t taking the whorphobic attacks made against her quietly.
Sex Worker Pride extends to all communities marginalized by criminalization, discrimination, and stigma across the sex worker movement.
Explore the evolving relationship between cryptocurrency and sex workers.
Learn about Mayor Eric Adams’ approach in NYC and the need for supportive resources instead of criminalizing sex work.
Discover the positive change as Dallas repeals its loitering law, taking a step towards justice and inclusivity. This milestone reflects a broader movement to eliminate discriminatory legislation and embrace progress.
Explore the adverse impact of freezing bank accounts on sex workers, as more individuals in this community face financial insecurity.
Explore the life and legacy of James Larkin, co-founder of Backpage and a fervent advocate for free speech.
Learn about the concerning bad bills like KOSA and vigilantism targeting sex workers, and join us in opposing these harmful legislations to safeguard the rights and privacy of vulnerable groups.
Discover the fascinating history of Lillie, the fictional German courtesan who served as the original muse for the iconic Barbie doll.
Sound of Freedom explores the damaging effects of conspiracy theories and white savior films on real victims. Do not go see this movie.
Woodhull Freedom Foundation’s fight against FOSTA: Upholding free speech and sex worker rights in court.
Significant win for sex worker rights as Canadian SWer triumphs against non-paying client. Legal implications and industry challenges.
Maine passes bill partially decriminalizing sex work, endangering sex workers. Full decriminalization is essential for their safety.
Louisiana’s anti-porn law raises privacy concerns and restricts access to adult content. Advocate fights for repeal.
Discover the powerful documentary, “The Stroll,” highlighting the history of Black trans sex workers in NYC and their crucial role in the LGBTQ Rights Movement. Explore their stories, resilience, and the importance of honoring their legacy during Pride.
Explore the disturbing incident of online misogyny and targeting of sex workers as a Home Depot employee’s viral ordeal highlights the risks women face.
Get the latest update on the Backpage trial as prosecutors make alarming requests for the upcoming court date in August. Discover how they are seeking to restrict mentions of the First Amendment and free speech, raising questions about due process. Stay informed as this story unfolds.
Discover the latest setback in decriminalizing sex work in South Africa. Find out the challenges faced and the impact on the journey towards safer and more equitable conditions for sex workers.
Discover the impact of sex worker discrimination as they are banned from banking and payment apps. Explore the consequences of this exclusionary practice, its effects on legal and online sex workers, and the barriers it creates.
Discover Maine’s strides towards decriminalizing sex work as the state moves closer to ending criminal charges. Explore the concerns raised by sex workers regarding the “end demand” approach and its potential harm.
International Whores’ Day: Celebrating sex worker empowerment, history, and rights. Happy IWDay!
Explore the implications of confining sex workers to isolated areas in public spaces in Mumbai, India, and the issues surrounding their criminalization.
Los Angeles strippers achieve historic unionization, empowering workers and setting a precedent for the industry.
Indiana Legislators vote to defund Kinsey Institute, jeopardizing sexual freedom and education. Learn more about the implications.
Bad policy alert! Legislators are once again pushing a law that would be horrible for SWers and the American public at large.
Learn about the progress of decriminalization sex work in Australia. Discover laws and models in each territory.
Old Pros reading recommendations for sex workers, friends, chosen family, and allies.
AI cannot replace sex workers. Sex workers say most customers seek a genuine connection. Authenticity remains key in the adult content market.
The new verification process at META is requiring sex workers to display their full legal names, raising concerns about their safety and privacy.
Kaytlin Bailey advocates for sex work decriminalization in Washington Blade article.
Kaytlin Bailey wrote an article for the Daily Beast that explores the impact of Stormy Daniels on Trump’s downfall.
Reason Magazine’s recent report on the ongoing impact of the Backpage shutdown on sex workers and free speech.
Amsterdam plans to relocate iconic red light district. Sex workers protest as city planners fail to consult those affected.
Gig workers in Britain seek inspiration and guidance from sex workers for labor rights.
Stormy Daniels: American hero who took down Trump despite unfair emphasis on her past as a porn star.
Read about the importance of fighting for sex worker rights and reproductive justice together to ensure everyone has access to safe and supportive care.
Pornhub’s new owner vows to listen to sex workers and improve site’s practices, including content control and screening.
Bella Robinson fights for sex workers’ rights in new interview.
Advocates in Vermont push for decriminalization of sex work, aiming to give sex workers more agency and protection.
Sex work has been decriminalized in New Zealand for 20 years, and things have been going really well there since then. Wow, can’t believe lived experience from SWers that supports the push for decriminalization has turned out to be true!
That’s why SWers and advocates are pushing for a decriminalization bill in New York to fully stop police from arresting and harassing SWers.
Thanks to the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, March 3rd has been deemed International Sex Worker Rights Day.
Stripper Web no longer exists and it feels like the end of an era for sex workers. The loss of safe and supportive spaces for sex workers has damaging effects.
Online sex worker denied entry into the US because of their occupation, despite never meeting clients in person.
Anti-human trafficking sting in San Diego and National City resulted in 48 arrests, according to NBC San Diego. While the intention of the sting was to catch those involved in human trafficking, some SWers were also caught up in the operation.
Supervisor Hillary Ronen has formally asked State Delegation to introduce a bill that would either decriminalize or legalize sex work.
Louisiana is home to a bizarre law called CANS that criminalizes oral and anal sex, but not vaginal sex. This homophobic and transphobic law is known as “Crimes Against Nature by Solicitation”.
Red light district proposed in San Francisco, but decriminalization is the best solution. Advocates call for resources for vulnerable people.
Sex workers are feeling the financial pain of an economic downturn, and it’s affecting all areas of the industry. From high-end escorts to street-based sex workers, many are reporting a decrease in demand and earnings.
Super Bowl trafficking myths have been debunked thanks to researchers at the University of Texas, Austin and the University of Minnesota.
Senate Bill 357 decriminalizes loitering for sex work. Kaytlin Bailey, advocates for ending arrests to reduce exploitation and violence in the industry. Check out her op-ed appearing in 11 syndicated newspapers throughout CA.
Spain debates a dangerous sex work law, and advocates hope it will be rejected by lawmakers. The proposed sex work law has sparked outrage and concern among human rights advocates.
South Africa is making strides in decriminalizing sex work, which is a huge win for sex worker rights and safety. The country’s parliament is set to review and potentially repeal legislation that criminalizes consensual adult sex work.
Sex work is decriminalized in some parts of Australia, which has led to a decrease in trafficking statistics there, but there’s still room for improvement.
A jury rejects woman’s claims against four police officers in Virginia who protected an abusive prostitution trafficking ring. People love to lift up the trafficking narrative until it’s cops who are being accused of the trafficking.
On January 25, 1917, over 300 sex workers in San Francisco marched to protest the imminent closure of their brothels. This was the first sex worker led protest in the United States.
The fight against FOSTA continues as our friends at Woodhull Freedom Foundation went to the Court of Appeals this week.
Sex workers in Thailand, and their advocates, are working on a bill that would legalize sex work, but it is likely to receive a lot of pushback from the conservative government.
On this special episode, human rights activist Lakeesha Harris gathers a legendary roundtable of leaders in the Black Sex Worker movement.
This week on Old Pro News, we have an interview with Zola Z. Bruce and Mariah Grant from the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center in NYC.
Old Pro News writer and host, Lakeesha Harris, welcomes Tamika Spellman, the Advocacy Manager of the harm reduction organization HIPS DC.
This year, for the first time ever, Chippendales is making it their goal to lobby for a pandemic-era program for the live event industry.
Quick update on the North Hollywood Strippers Strike, which as of today is entering its seventh consecutive week.
A program called Report John has been launched by the Police Department of Vallejo, California. More policing is never the solution.
Ugly Mugs Netherlands provides a free-platform for sex workers to anonymously warn each other about dangerous and aggressive customers.
Following a motion approved by the city council in June 2021, the City of New Westminster is developing a work plan related to sex worker safety.
Lakeesha Harris fills us in on sex work related legislation in Louisiana and Ohio, and why she feels like the government just doesn’t want us to survive!
Two online reporting programs, a new sex worker safety plan in Canada, Chippendales lobbying for a pandemic-era program, and special guest Tamika Spellman.
Geo, an activist from Sex Workers Against Criminalization New Orleans, shares her story of being an undocumented sex worker in the United States.
April 11, 2022 marks four years since the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” became federal law.
Dr. Olivia Snow claims DoorDash recently banned her due to a detection of unspecified “abnormal behavior” from her account.
These strippers are protesting for safer work conditions in North Hollywood. Instagram “Mistakenly Removed” the stripper strike Noho account.
In early April 2022, proposed Rhode Island decriminalization was explored in hearings for two bills.
Decriminalization in Belgium, a stripper strike in North Hollywood, and special guest Alexandra Hunt, whose background as a stripper is a proud part of her campaign.
Belgium is the first country in Europe to decriminalize selling and paying for sex.
To prepare for the OnlyFans IPO push, the company might decide to ban pornography and other adult content again.
Paradise Marketing, which has sold condoms, lube, and other pleasure products since 1978, had its workers’ compensation policy canceled out of nowhere.
Old Pro News writer and host, Lakeesha Harris, welcomes Alexandra Hunt, a Congressional candidate for Pennsylvania’s 3rd district.
Current and former employees of Star Garden staged a walkout to protest an unsafe work environment in the North Hollywood stripper strike.
Colorado lawmakers unanimously approved legislation that allows sex workers to report violent crime without fear of being arrested.
Sex worker health organization St. James Infirmary opens San Francisco’s first shelter dedicated to trans and gender non-conforming communities.
This week on Old Pro News, transgender housing justice, Safe Reporting in Colorado, the dictionary, and Yeonhoo Cho & Esther Kao from Red Canary Song.
In January 2022, Dictionary dot com added the term “sex worker” to their website after a widespread growth in awareness of the term.
A wave of anti-trans laws is a disturbing new trend across the USA. We must support trans youth against these heinous laws and the bigotry that enables them.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’s segment on global sex work politics got so much right, even featuring the Deep South Decrim movement.
Sex worker safety legislation developments in Vermont, Oregon, and U.S. Congress, Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden, Ro Khanna, and Barbara Lee.
8Lives Vigil for Atlanta spa shootings, produced in part by Red Canary Song, and Massage License Decriminalization Act introduced in NY.
Daly Barnett and Lakeesha Harris discuss the return of the EARN IT (Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies) Act.
Decriminalised Futures at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London explores the history of sex workers lives and movement struggles.
Let’s get hyped about Congressional candidate Alexandra Hunt’s campaign to represent Pennsylvania’s 3rd district!
The founders of the website Backpage, Michael Lacey and James Larkin, returned to federal trial on February 22, 2022.
Thanks to Vixen Collective and Scarlet Alliance, Victoria, Australia is the fourth jurisdiction in the world to decriminalize sex work.
214 Super bowl 2022 arrests for allegedly selling sex which, to be crystal clear, is not the same as charging people with human trafficking.
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Researchers have found that the evidence, “did not support a causal or correlative link between Super Bowls and sex trafficking.”
Dallas City Council has set a 2am closing time for sexually oriented businesses, including strip clubs, cabarets, and adult book stores.
Alvin Bragg’s NY DA office will no longer prosecute Prostitution and Patronizing a Person for Prostitution.
Mandie Landry is the author of Louisiana House Bill 67, the first ever bill to propose statewide decriminalization in the United States.