Now that the grooming of girls to be sexual and ‘porn ready’ starts so young, the dominance of the ‘sex work is real work’ ideology is catastrophic, especially for girls and young women from the most marginalised communities. Read More
Suzzan Blac discusses her life, trauma and extraordinary art
Suzzan Blac introduces a selection of the extraordinary paintings she did as a way of processing the sexual abuse she suffered as a child and young adult, and as a sex trafficking victim in the pornography industry. Read More
The Incest to Prostitution Pipeline
Recording and transcript of a powerful and compelling talk given by Sarah, a prostitution survivor, at Reclaim The Night in Perth, Australia. Read More
When backlash causes whiplash: The media blitz of victim blaming
This article about victim blaming as part of the backlash to the gains of the women’s liberation movement was first published in 1994 . Sadly it is just as relevant today. Read More
‘When the client pays for those minutes, your body is his and he will do what he wants…’
I did not choose as a child to be a prostitute and then as an adult I had no other opportunities and then I was in a foreign country and since I was a putanna I had to continue even if it was not what I dreamed of being… Read More
Confusing love and sex: how the care system creates a context for grooming and child prostitution
In this searing article based on her own experiences, ‘Alice’ brilliantly articulates the disturbing reality of girls growing up in the failing British ‘care’ system and why they make such easy prey for pimps. Essential reading. Read More
The deception of “Pleasure”
Powerful feminist critique from Monica Mazzitelli of Ninja Thyberg’s new film “Pleasure”. Read More
‘Any girl, and most boys, growing up in care become targets for the sexual predation of adult men’
‘Alice’ sent this harrowing testimony about growing up in a UK children’s home through our Share Your Story page.
“A lot of the time surviving in the care system prepares girls for prostitution later. We all allowed degrees of sexual access to adult men for basics like food or clothing. Even beyond that most girls acquiesce to men’s sexual demands in return for things that make you feel like a ‘normal’ young teenager, but aren’t necessities…” Read More
The child sexual abuse hidden behind the ‘sex work’ façade
This article looks at evidence from Germany and New Zealand that legalising or decriminalising the prostitution of adults creates a façade behind which the prostitution (or paid rape) of children can thrive and weakens men’s individual and collective resistance to sexually abusing children. This suggests that opening up the commercial sex industry will always have profound child safeguarding implications – and gives the lie to assertions to the contrary. Read More
‘Just numb most of the time’
This is another collection of #MeToo stories of the sex trade that we’ve received through our Share Your Story page.
“That was the end of my life and the start of the trafficking for the next two years. […] Getting beaten all the time by pimp and johns. Johns were more dangerous than the pimp sometimes. Did the math and almost slept with an entire football stadium full of people. Disgusting. Made him millions and never touched a penny.” Read More
‘I do not believe that by decriminalising this violent and horrific patriarchal institution that we make women safer’
Rebecca sent this #MeToo story about her journey through lap dancing and into prostitution via our Share your story page.
“You simply cannot forget years and years of swallowing down your consent, of swallowing down what is, at best, disgust, irritation and boredom during sex and, at worst, anger, humiliation and terror.” Read More