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(NSFW) With Backpage Closed, Where Will the Sex Slave Trade Go?

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ByMegan Hadley, CrimeReporter After the recent closing of Backpage.com, a hub for the commercial sex slave trade, trafficking victims could be in greater danger than before, according to a trafficking expert.“[Backpage has] been cooperative with anti-trafficking efforts. They responded to subpoenas and facilitated investigations. There is no empirical evidence or criminological theory to suggest that Backpage facilitated prostitution, much less sex trafficking” Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco, an expert in the field, told The Crime Report. “While the internet as a whole has made the sale of sex easier, Backpage didn’t facilitate anything any more than any other website or social media platform.” Mehlman-Orozco, author of  “Hidden in Plain Sight: America’s Slaves of the New Millennium,” currently serves as a human trafficking witness for criminal cases.



Last Friday, Backpage was seized by the U.S. government and shut down.
Visitors to the site are now greeted with a notice announcing …

How Instagram Banning Stripper-Related Hashtags Hurts Sex Workers

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By Alison Tierney, VICE


Strippers on Instagram have increasingly been voicing concerns over hashtags the social media platform appears to have banned.

Recent searches on Instagram for “#stripper” have yielded the following results: The “Top Posts” page, which typically shows popular posts for a hashtag, claims there are “no posts yet”; the “Recent” section reads: “Recent posts from #stripper are currently hidden because the community has reported some content that may not meet Instagram’s community guidelines.”

Angie Angieson, a Cape Town-based stripper who has been in the industry for a decade, posted about the hashtag issue on Instagram. Angieson travels the world for her work and has an agency that helps connect dancers with clubs.

In one of her recent posts on Instagram, Angieson listed other hashtags that she said were “banned” on Instagram at the time, including: #yesastripper, #stripperlife, #stripperstyle, #ilovetoseestripperswin.

Fancy S. Baby, a US-based stripper …

Anti-Sex-Trafficking Advocates Say New Law Cripples Efforts to Save Victims

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By , RollingStone


Senate Bill 1693, commonly referred to as SESTA/FOSTA, is a new federal law aimed at curbing sex trafficking by holding online platforms accountable for the content their users post. And since the legal definition of sex trafficking is consistently conflated with consensual adult sex work, several websites that advertised in-person adult entertainment services have shut down, or began blocking access from the United States.

But instead of helping reduce exploitation, say sex trafficking survivors and advocates, taking away their ability to use the Internet has actually increased the risks facing their community, and crippled efforts for harm reduction. Moreover, they say the law does not address issues that truly contribute to trafficking: homelessness, poverty and a broken foster care system. Instead, SESTA/FOSTA drastically limits the tools available to those who survive in the sex trade, pushing workers further underground…

Backpage closure hasn’t made it any harder for sex traffickers

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By NYPost


The FBI’s closure of the sleazy classified-ad site Backpage.com hasn’t made it any harder to buy and sell sex online — it has just given rise to other flesh-peddling web marketplaces, according to cops and johns.

“For the social-media-savvy degenerate, there was no lapse” after Backpage.com went kaput last month, a law enforcement source told The Post.

Several copycat sites saw huge spikes in traffic since the site’s April 6 closure.

Bedpage.com, for example, which shows up in search engines as “Bedpage: Site similar to backpage” and appears to be hosted in Canada, has rocketed up the online charts since April, according to traffic-statistic site Alexa.

The feds seized and closed Backpage because it was being used by sex traffickers, often to sell underage victims — but experts say the criminals have just moved on.

“I think anyone who said Backpage shutting down would make a real impact on commercial sexual exploitation and sexual exploitation and trafficking wa…

A Korean Room Salon Addict Speaks

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By 3WM was put in touch with a Korean banker in Seoul admittedly addicted to room salons


1. Tell us about your first visit to a room salon.
It was about when I got a job at my company, and I went to a room salon with my co-workers. It was a large salon in the Kangnam area, but was a Bukchang-dong style*.  We were really close, and went there to experience a new culture together. Having no idea about the Bukchang-dong style room salons, I was a bit surprised. Rather audacious service by the girls made me think that they were being trained through a set program. The salon was on such a large scale that it felt like a big company or something.

*Bukchang is an area in Seoul near City Hall that has innumerable room salons that are rather lewd.

2. Tell us if you revisited there. And, if you did, why did you want to go back?
Right to the point, yes, I went there again, and continued to visit there. The reason? When I drank with friends and got tipsy, we would go for the next round. A…

Sex Workers Speak Out About S. Korea’s Shadowy Underbelly

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In a country where one out of every two men is reported to have paid money to have sex, prostitution is no rarity. From karaoke rooms, massage parlors, “kiss rooms” and room salons, sex is easily accessible, if you only know where to look.

It’s not difficult to come across confessions online, or even light-hearted ‘reviews,’ that buyers of sex post after their experiences. Various online communities provide platforms for brotherly bonding moments — since the partakers are usually men — exchanging insider’s tips, comparing the sex workers, and discussing the rates and services different shops provide.

In an online forum, an anonymous user wrote about his experience at a massage shop. Others replied, “F***, you have no pride. You’re so desperate you would do it with an ajumma?” “You should have asked me if you were doing it in Seoul.” “In Yeongdeungpo [a district of Seoul], it’s 70,000 won [around 60 U.S dollars].”

And on the other side, there’s the Bamb…

Labor Movement for the Oldest Profession? Sex Workers Organize

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By Michelle Chen


Sex workers exist in every corner of the world, but they're typically relegated to the outer edge of their communities, besieged by stigma, violence, exploitation and police oppression.

Yet for all those workplace hazards, the world's oldest profession is not a union shop. When it comes to exercising their labor rights, sex workers face a minefield of political and cultural barriers.

Nonetheless, sex workers around the globe (who include not just prostitutes but escorts, exotic dancers and porn actors as well) are organizing tomake their presence known.

In Australia, where prostitution is generally legal, sex workers with the Scarlett Alliance have campaigned for comprehensive government healthcare and against social and political discrimination against sex work.

Brazil's National Network of Sex Professionals has become an international model for advocacy on an array of human rights and public health issues facing prostitutes, including the HIV/AIDS pand…