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Atlanta Spa Shootings: Decriminalizing an Inherently Violent and Bigoted System of Disparity Cannot Make It Safer

Fully decriminalizing an inherently bigoted and violent system of disparity can never make it safe. In March 2021, our nation once again faced a terrible mass shooting as eight victims (seven women and one man)—six of whom were women of Asian descent—were murdered while working in massage parlors in Atlanta. It took no time for…

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2021 Grammy Awards Show Normalizes Systemic Issues of Sexual Exploitation

It took a lot of work to make the 2021 Grammy Awards show happen amidst myriad COVID-19 complications, but unfortunately the effort was marred by CBS’ decision to green-light sexually regressive and exploitative material in the broadcast. Beyond the troubling implications for families who were watching (a significant audience for the Grammys), the onstage presentations…

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Iceland’s Sex Trade Ban: A Model for Gender Equality

Gender equality means that no woman is for sale. Iceland has taken this premise seriously by effectively banning the entire sex trade: no strip clubs, no pornography, and no prostitution. In 2009, Iceland implemented the Nordic (or Equality) model, making it illegal to buy sex – or to base one’s “employment or livelihood on prostitution…

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Image of a wealthy sugar daddy counting his sugaring budget for the sugar baby he is sugar dating

Sex buyers want to normalize Sugar Dating. That’s regressive and dangerous.

With sugaring, an aggressively regressive system has been normalized in our society to the point that we have mainstream publications advising well-off men on how to exploit young women for sex. In Summer 2020, a Men’s Health article discussed the concept of “sugar dating” in disturbingly neutral terms – including what a sugar daddy looks…

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Carmen Caliente, in an Instagram video, explains how she was groomed and sex trafficked by Lanfranco Pescante and subsequently pushed into the sex industry

Carmen Caliente Explains How Grooming, Sex Trafficking Led to Life in Pornography

Sexual exploitation is a web of intersectionality that spans the globe and all manifestations of sexual abuse and exploitation feed into and off of one another. Recent news of predatory grooming, sexual abuse, rape, and sex trafficking allegedly perpetrated by a wealthy individual in Florida are more evidence of this reality. Lanfranco Pescante (Franco), the…

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How We’re Fighting Sexual Exploitation During COVID-19

Sexual exploitation is a tragedy whenever and wherever it occurs. One of the pernicious realities of sexual exploitation is that it does not stop, not even during a global health crisis like the novel coronavirus pandemic of 2020. Not only do sexually exploitative industries, companies, and individuals not stop during crisis, they often try to…

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Advocating for Victims of Sexual Exploitation in the Time of COVID-19

The sex trade is fundamentally predatory. Systems of sexual exploitation (e.g. strip clubs, illicit massage parlors, legal brothels, online prostitution websites, etc.) operate using a business model that feeds off of people’s vulnerabilities and traumatic events such as childhood sexual abuse, child sex trafficking, child neglect, sexual abuse within the foster care system, homelessness, and…

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Jennifer Lopez performs during the NFL's Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show sponsored by Pepsi

NFL’s Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Promotes Culture of Sexual Exploitation

The Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show featuring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira was the NFL continuing its streak of promoting a culture of female objectification and the normalization of sexual exploitation via a glorification of strip clubs. The Super LIV Halftime Show—sponsored by Pepsi and a reflection of the NFL’s own values and priorities—featured stripper poles,…

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Why Does GooglePlay Host This Exploitive App?

Sugar dating is marketed as relationships in which young, attractive women can meet “experienced men” who will provide everything from mentorship to all expenses paid lavish vacations. In this system, men are encouraged to engage in no strings attached relationships with beautiful young women. Meanwhile, “sugar babies” are told that this experience will empower them and…

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Censored image of Delta passenger watching the Delta-provided "Hustlers" movie in-flight

An Open Letter to Delta for Providing Sexually Explicit In-Flight Films

To Delta Airlines: You may remember me. A few years ago, a video of me went viral after I saw a man openly watching violent hardcore pornography featuring young girls on a Delta flight. And if you don’t remember this part: Delta did nothing to stop it. After my family and I experienced weeks of…

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