On Tuesday, the federal government charged 13 men, nine of whom live in Queens, with crimes related to running an international sex trafficking ring from the rural enclave of Tenancingo, Mexico to New York. Homeland Security Investigations issued search warrants for four brothels in Yonkers, Poughke ... More >>
Carrying a condom in New York could lead to your arrest. Why? Because it is legal for law enforcement to cite condom possession as evidence that a person engaged in prostitution. Targeting condoms, however, is an ineffective deterrent to prostitution and threatens public health. The practice also co ... More >>
Over 100 advocates, including public health groups, LGBTQ organizations, civil and human rights nonprofits, and former sex workers, headed to Albany yesterday to encourage lawmakers to call on the New York State Senate and Assembly to pass legislation that would stop the confiscation and use of cond ... More >>
Arpad Miklos (who committed suicide in February) is just one of the rash of porn stars who've succumbed in the last horrifying year.
Sean Van Sant from rentboy.com has some ideas.
"I think all of these deaths are very different," he wrote to me, "so I do not want to generalize. I think sex workers ... More >>
Three years ago, Bianey Garcia was on 86th Street in Jackson Heights with her boyfriend. It was late at night, and they were holding hands and kissing. A van slowly pulled up next to them, and they quickly realized it wasn't any regular van: Garcia says that eight police officers got out and pushed ... More >>
Robert SietsemaA group protesting against what they call the " Backpage.com's Facilitation of Sex Trafficking" has gathered in numbers of about 50 outside our office. The group is made of a handful of organizations including The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Prostitution Research an ... More >>
In February 2011, CNN's Amber Lyon aired a special on sex trafficking, "Selling the Girl Next Door" that attacked Village Voice Media-owned company, Backpage.com. At the end of the broadcast, Lyon's sources are singled out for "special thanks." We recently found out that Lyon is even closer to these ... More >>
In numerous tweets blasting Village Voice Media, Ashton Kutcher never once mentioned shelter and counseling for underage prostitutes.
Our cover story this week on human trafficking exposed the scare statistics that Kutcher and wife, Demi Moore, flog to hype their pitch. Their numbers are bo ... More >>
A day of searching the Long Island coast near Jones Beach has turned up not just one, but two additional bodies, both thought to be victims of the New York serial killer who has been tied to four bodies already, all Craigslist prostitutes, with another six found nearby. Newsday reports that t ... More >>
Ten years ago today, about 25,000 sex workers in India took to the streets with their friends and families, protesting the violence and condemnation they often experienced. Their actions eventually lead to the creation of International Sex Workers Rights Day. To celebrate, New York advocacy g ... More >>
via Fox NewsIn Glenn Beck's universe, Planned Parenthood is not just an organization that provides reproductive health care and education to those in need of it. Planned Parenthood, as he "revealed" during his program yesterday, is a nefarious ring of criminals involved in child sex trafficking. ... More >>
Wired has a new in-depth feature on New York City sex workers, wherein a writer studying the profession in the city since 1999 argues that "hustling and streetwalking" have been transformed into a "luxury brand." Because it's Wired, the reason for the shift is obviously technology, most notab ... More >>