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Sex Workers Skeptical About New Brothel in Amsterdam

In order to improve working conditions of sex workers, the Amsterdam mayor opened a brothel that is supposed to be managed by sex workers. The new brothel, called My Red Light, occupies 14 “windows” across four buildings in Amsterdam’s red light district. About 40 sex workers will be able to operate out of the premises, which are being run by a foundation called My Red Light.

United States' Anti-Trafficking Sting mocks Sex Workers while Backpage Lawsuit Heats Up

In March 2007, Polk County Police Department engaged in 'Operation March Madness' a sting resulting in the arrests of 104 people, including 38 sex workers, 51 clients and 14 for related charges. Polk county has a reputation for large scale stings to get media attention. In the same county Operation 'Trick or Treat' arrested 95 sex workers and clients on Christmas Eve 2015. It came under criticism for the targeted ridiculing of transgender people by the Sheriff by the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Adult Ads on Backpage.com Removed in the United States

On 9 January 2017, the popular advertising platform Backpage.com removed the adult section of its website in the United States. The closure placed thousands of American sex workers in crisis. They removed the adult section hours after The Senate Homeland Security Committee published a report from subpoenaed internal documents of Backpage.com.

Research Study in Canada Shows Needs of Rural Sex Workers

On the 20th of May in Brantford, Ontario (Canada), a report was released by Dr. Stacey Hannem and the organisation REAL that assesses the needs of rural sex workers. The report is called “Let’s Talk About Sex Work: Report of the REAL working group for Brantford, Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk. Assessing the Needs of Sex Workers in Our Communities.” The full report is available here.

La Pornographie Axée sur les PerformeurSEs : un Exemple des Droits des TravailleurSEs du Sexe

En Australie, certains actes sexuels dans la pornographie sont considérés comme offensants et dégradants dans le droit pénal. Zahra Stardust montre comment les performeurSEs-réalisateurRICEs résistent à la classification du gouvernement et les lois pénales en se livrant à l'activisme pour les droits des travailleurSEs du sexe à travers la création d'espaces centrés sur les performeurSEs et en instaurant des pratqiues exemplaires en matières de normes du travail. Cet article a été publié dans le cadre de Research for Sex Work 15: Résistance et Résilience.

Performer-Centred Pornography as Sex Workers' Rights: Developing Labour Standards in a Criminalised Context

In Australia, certain sexual acts performed in pornography are deemed offensive and degrading in criminal law. Zahra Stardust demonstrates how performer-producers are resisting government classification and criminal laws by engaging in sex workers' rights activism through creating performer-centered spaces and pioneering best practices labour standards. This article was published as a part of Research for Sex Work 15: Resistance and Resilience.

Police Scotland Dropped Brothel-Keeping Charges in Edinburgh

In the 1980s, in response to rising HIV infections, Edinburgh City Council developed a licensed brothel system giving “saunas” public entertainment licenses knowing that sex was being sold on the premises. The local police force, Lothian and Borders Police, supported this system and would perform annual inspections on the saunas and support the renewal of their licenses.