May 12th, 2015

Don Brewster: The Man Who Left It All

"One girl is too many. One day is too long." —Don Brewster In Cambodia, thousands of children are victims of sexual exploitation every year. Svay Pak, a poor fishing village near Cambodia's capital city of Phnom Penh, is particularly notorious. In this community, children are regularly trafficked from neighboring countries, kidnapped from rural areas, and sold by impoverished family members. But in the midst of this oppression, there is hope....
April 27th, 2015

Injustice in Italy

In Italy, disturbing trends regarding the commercial sex industry are in the news. The country’s laws that make it legal for men to purchase sex are fueling the demand for prostitution. Reports indicate that issues involving the sex trade are becoming increasingly out of control, and government representatives are scrambling for ways to contain the industry and its impact on surrounding areas. As a possible solution, officials in Rome have...
April 22nd, 2015

An Open Letter to Russell Brand

Dear Russell, Welcome to the modern-day abolitionist movement. I know you haven’t officially joined us or any group in the campaign against commercial sexual exploitation, but the clear stand you are taking to warn people of the harmful effects of pornography is big. Much of what you declare about porn on your Trews podcasts has my cohorts and me nodding in affirmation. You see, we have been fighting this battle...
April 17th, 2015

Breakthrough in Canada

“I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle–victorious.” - Vince Lombardi The fight against sex trafficking is a global war that must be fought one battle at a time. While the battle rages on in many parts of the...
April 17th, 2015

The Battle in France Continues

In an effort to curb commercial sexual exploitation and protect the rights of women, the French National Assembly, or lower house, recently voted in favor of a progressive law that would criminalize the demand side of prostitution. The nation’s lawmakers representing the French population wanted to send a strong message that buying, selling, abusing, exploiting, and objectifying the bodies of women is not acceptable in a society where gender equality...
April 14th, 2015

Is Prostitution Empowering?

The cast of Pretty Woman just celebrated twenty-five years since the release of their blockbuster movie. The world applauded and the Internet was abuzz. My colleague and friend Laila Mickelwait reflected too. To mark the anniversary, she wrote a passionate blog that has now created a frenzy. In her blog, Mickelwait challenges the glamorization of prostitution in Pretty Woman. She contrasts the Hollywood fairy tale with the realistic albeit sordid...
Tijuana, Mexico
April 6th, 2015

City in Focus: Tijuana, Mexico

With a population of 1,559,683, Tijuana is the fifth-largest metropolis in Mexico1 and the largest city in the Mexican state of Baja California. The city’s San Ysidro port of entry is the busiest land-border crossing in the world2. Tijuana shares approximately fifteen miles of border with its sister city, San Diego, California. More than 50 million people cross the border between Tijuana and San Diego annually, with an estimated 300,000...
Julianas Story
March 24th, 2015

MYTH VS. FACT: 6 Common Myths About Prostitution and the Law

1. MYTH: If you make prostitution illegal it will go underground. The argument that criminalizing the purchase of sex will drive it “underground” is not based on any evidence. On the contrary, in Sweden and Norway—where the purchase of sex has been criminalized—the number of men buying sex has declined. Therefore, prostitution on the whole has declined.1 “Underground” is another word for “indoor”, “out of sight”, or “below the law”....
March 24th, 2015

The Reality of Pretty Woman

Today marks 25 years since the film Pretty Woman was released, and the cast has reunited for the first time to reminisce about the making of a film that has become one of the most popular love stories for a generation of moviegoers. I have to admit that as a teenager, I too loved the story of Pretty Woman. However, as I journeyed down the path that led to my...
March 9th, 2015

The World Cup Has Come and Gone, but Liberdade Continues

Liberdade. For more than two and a half years this initiative took us to Brazil. All across this South American country, we worked to bring freedom to women and children trafficked and trapped in Brazil’s thriving commercial sex industry. Liberdade culminated during the summer of 2014; while the eyes of the nations were on the World Cup games, our focus was on the victims of exploitation. We joined our voices...