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29th August

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Drive in booths for Zurich sex workers deemed a success
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zurich boxes The world's first drive-thru brothels has been deemed a success by Swiss social services, a year after being created.

The drive-in sex boxes were installed in Zurich last year, offering sex workers a safer place to provide their services rather than the street. Set up on the edge of the city, the facility provides bathrooms, laundry and even has its own security.

The creation cost the government 2million Euros to build and has risen in popularity over the last 12 months. Around 30 to 40 women ply their trade there each night.

Zurich authorities believe the idea has been extremely positive and want prostitution, which has been legal in Switzerland since 1942, to continue running safely. A statement from social services read:

The new regulation of street prostitution has attained its objectives of protecting the population and the sex workers. The first year of the service has been positive.

 

28th August

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Japanese porn stars offer their breasts for fondling in return for a charitable donation
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japan foundation for aids prevention logo A group of Japanese porn actresses are preparing to have their breasts squeezed by fans for 24 hours this weekend for a charity event loosely translated as Boob Aid .

The nine adult movie stars will take part in the Stop! AIDS campaign event which will be televised live. Rina Serina told the Tokyo Sports newspaper:

I'm really looking forward to lots of people fondling my boobs. But I would be very happy if you would please be delicate.

The event, the 12th since its launch in 2003, will be broadcast on adult cable television, with lucky participants donating to the anti-AIDS campaign in exchange for a feel.

The 24-hour squeeze-a-thon begins at 8pm on Saturday (1100 GMT) and is backed by the Japan Foundation for AIDS Prevention.

 

28th August

 Offsite Article: Labor Intensive: In Defense of Sex Work...

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christy mack Sex work is not a liability. It is a form of labor and art; its participants don't deserve violence or stigma. By A Dozen Pissed Off Sex Workers

See article from redwedgemagazine.com

 

26th August

 Update: Tax Break...


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Philadelphia abandons attempts to tax individual lap dances
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philadelphia seal logo Philadelphia officials have decided not to keep appealing in court to revive the lap dance tax.

The 30-day window to file an appeal has officially passed since Judge Ellen Ceisler ruled Philadelphia cannot impose its entertainment tax on what goes on inside strip clubs. The tax already applies to cover charges at the clubs.

Attorney George Bochetto represents two of the strip clubs the city unsuccessfully targeted for collection of the lap dance tax . He explained:

The fact of the matter is they had no authority to impose this kind of new tax in the manner they attempted to do so. It doesn't mean they aren't entitled to seek the additional taxes, but they just can't do it by unilaterally imposing it.

If the city wants to tax this activity, it would have to craft a new law. They are going to have to do in a manner that treats all types of interior entertainment equally. So it's potentially an issue that doesn't affect just gentlemen's clubs, but every place of entertainment in the city of Philadelphia.

 

25th August

 Offsite Article: Hidden Surprises...

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bangkok nightlife Bangkok's underground porn cinemas reveal a secret world of gay sex and trans sex workers

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24th August

 Update: Flatly Repressive...

German politicians seek to force sex workers to register, impose a minimum age of 21, and ban flat rate pricing
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Germany flag The ruling coalition of Conservatives and Social Democrats in Germany has agreed on restrictions to the Prostitution Act of 2002.

In the future, sex workers will have to register with the authorities, the owners of brothels will have to submit to reliability checks, and flat rate sex and gang bang parties are going to be outlawed.

Manuela Schwesig , Federal Minister for Family Affairs (Social Democrats), declared that the new regulations meant that for the first time, there would be clear rules for legal prostitution in Germany that will protect the women .

Social Democrats (SPD) and Conservatives (CDU/CSU) still negotiate on other items, including a minimum age for sex workers of 21. Conservatives want to raise the minimum age for sex workers from 18 to 21.

A law demanding mandatory registration would harm the women, criticised Fabienne Freymadl, political spokeswoman of the Professional Organisation for Erotic and Sexual Services (BesD) , where sex workers in Germany are organised{

Especially sex workers who work on a part-time basis do not want to register due to the risk that their data may be passed on to third parties and women could be outed for their stigmatised professionl. If women experienced assaults, they could henceforward not report them to the police anymore, if they weren't registered with the authorities.

The BesD is also critical of the planned statutory permission requirements and reliability checks for brothel owners. According to the new regulations, brothel owners with criminal records can be barred from operating brothels. However, an exemption from the statutory permission requirements is planned, if individual persons sell sex in private apartments. Freymadl said:

Outlawing flat rate sex and so-called gang bang parties showed how moralising the debate actually was. Outlawing certain business models and practices, which the public perceived as particularly demeaning, contributed nothing to fight forced prostitution , since criminals wouldn't heed such bans anyway.

 

The remaining points of contention regarding the reform of the prostitution law are to be clarified in the early fall. The plan of the Conservatives to punish customers of forced prostitutes remains controversial. Critics fear that even less customers would then provide tip-offs to the police about forced prostitution , should they involuntarily encounter such women.

 

22nd August

  Kink...

BDSM documentary presented by James Franco opens today in US theatres
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kink kink is a 2013 USA biography by Christina Voros.
Starring Peter Acworth, Van Darkholme and Princess Donna. YouTube icon IMDb

The Promotional material reads:

Director Christina Voros and producer James Franco pull back the curtain on the fetish empire of Kink.com, the Internet's largest producer of BDSM content. In a particularly obscure corner of an industry that operates largely out of public view, Kink.com's directors and models strive for authenticity. In an enterprise often known for exploitative practices, Kink.com upholds an ironclad set of values to foster an environment that is safe, sane, and consensual. They aim to demystify the BDSM lifestyle, and to serve as an example and an educational resource for the BDSM community. In kink, we discover not only a fascinating and often misunderstood subculture, but also, in a career far from the mainstream, a group of intelligent, charismatic, and driven people who really, truly love what they do.

At kink.com, each performer's limits and boundaries are discussed and agreed on beforehand. The ideology, then, becomes that the actors are in control, that they dictate the limits of their sexual exploration. This film leads us to believe that this is what kink.com, and BDSM in general, is about; being brave and courageous and sexually curious enough to go places within a rulebook of pre-determined confines involving dominance and submissiveness (Choking is fine, but not the word bitch , someone gives as an example). Yes, she is being hammered with a device throttling at the speed of a machine gun, but, as all members of kink.com would point out, this is all consensual and, of course, stoppable.

There is no way to escape explicit images in a documentary on Internet pornography, and if private parts being threatened by electrical toys and pounding machines makes you squeamish, perhaps you should steer clear of this documentary (or just look away when something unpleasant ends up onscreen).

This level of authenticity is the hallmark of kink.com, a fetish empire where almost very conceivable sexual fantasy can exist. The actors and directors, all surprisingly normal, charismatic, and intelligent, pride themselves on the truthfulness of their twisted pornographic endeavors, and speak about their experiences in an almost artistic way.

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20th August

  US Bullies...

US bill attempts to bully countries into criminalising the purchase of sex
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US Senate Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) and the  Freedom Network (USA) have condemned a new bill, introduced into the US House of Representatives by Congressman Hultgren, which seeks to put pressure on countries that "do not prohibit the purchase of commercial sex acts".

If passed, bill H.R.4703 will amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 to demand that the State Department take a country's prostitution laws into consideration when determining its rankings in the annual Trafficking in Persons Report. Placement in the lowest tier of the Trafficking in Persons Report can trigger sanctions including the reduction or loss of non-humanitarian, non-trade-related foreign assistance.

GAATW and the Freedom Network believe that this move is not about preventing human trafficking or protecting its victims. Under the guise of addressing trafficking in persons, the amendment instead seeks to include efforts to eradicate prostitution. Creating such a strong link between prostitution and trafficking in persons is not uncommon but it is mistaken. GAATW has documented the harm done to sex workers, migrants and to people who have been trafficked by anti-trafficking laws, policies, programmes and initiatives that conflate the two.

There is no evidence that criminalising or otherwise penalising sex workers' clients has reduced either trafficking in persons or sex work. International law on trafficking in persons makes a distinction between prostitution and trafficking. The USA's international anti-trafficking work too makes this distinction plain, as several countries in the top tier of the State Department's Trafficking in Persons Report -- i.e. those countries who meet the minimum standards for addressing trafficking -- indeed do not criminalise sex work. If anything, we can look to the 14 years of the Trafficking in Persons Report as the evidentiary link that sex work and trafficking are not connected.

The text of bill H.R.4703 is available here . The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

 

20th August

 Offsite Article: Sex work in the UK: Just what would decriminalising prostitution mean?...

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brooke magnanti An article in the Economist reignited the debate around legalising prostitution in the UK. Dr Brooke Magnanti explores what decriminalisation would look like and says that we're long overdue a rethink of workers' rights

See article from telegraph.co.uk

 

19th August

 Commented: More Norwegians go without a sex life and more innocent people are prosecuted...

But the law against buying sex is at least making miserablists feel better
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Norway flag Norway's ban on buying sex has reduced demand for prostitution and has not increased violence against women, as some had feared, a study commissioned by the government said.

Norway criminalised buying sex in 2009, but critics said the law would push prostitution underground, making women more vulnerable and increasing the likelihood of violence against them.

 The report based on six months of research says:

Street prostitution in Oslo, the country's biggest city, is down between 35-60% from before the ban, while the indoor market has shrunk by 10-20%.

This report does not find any evidence of more violence against prostitutes after the ban on buying sex entered into force.

The enforcement of the law, in combination with the laws against trafficking and pimping, makes Norway a less attractive country for prostitution-based trafficking than what would have been the case if the law had not been adopted.

However, the lower demand has resulted in lower prices, a problem for prostitutes who often come from poor countries and have few other options to earn a living.

Norway's ruling parties have favoured relaxing the law, but said any proposal to change it would be dependent on this study, which would form the backbone of the government's planned white paper, a precursor to any change in the legislation.

Comment: Censored whilst claiming to be uncensored

19th August 2014. See  article from  nswp.org

nswp logo The Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) has published a statement in response to the recent release of a report by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security following an evaluation of the ban of the purchase of sex which came into force in 2009 in Norway. The report has been heavily criticised by various sex worker rights groups for its poor quality and contradictory claims and findings presented throughout the report's 168 pages. 

The report claims that a number of outcomes identified by researchers are positive (in terms of the stated objective of eliminating sex work) when in fact these outcomes affect the working conditions and incomes of sex workers negatively to an unacceptable degree. 

Some findings of the report include:

  • reduced power for sex workers and more favourable market conditions for clients - sex workers negotiating position has been weakened due to clients' fear of arrest resulting in fewer clients and lower prices. These factors compound to reduce sex workers' incomes and their agency and autonomy with regards their choice of occupation;
  • more police surveillance as police need to find clients who are committing the illegal part of the transaction - sex workers have routinely reported increased police surveillance and harassment (although not considered in this report) in Norway;
  • displacing sex workers from their homes and other places where they work. The police do 'education' of landlords and hospitality managers to allow them to recognise potential sex workers and to evict suspected sex workers summarily from their homes or other rented accommodation;
  • the violence that sex workers are vulnerable to is reported as something that comes with the territory, and according to the authors sex workers are weary to report as it may come back to haunt them (due to the stigma attached to being a sex worker affecting someone's chances of 'improving their  life and situation'). That this is reported in such a tone is heavily problematic and should be of concern to human rights advocates everywhere. It effectively condones violence committed against sex workers as sex workers are involved in an activity that is condemned by the state.
NSWP member, SWOP-NYC said the following about the report: 

The most disturbing parts of the findings were the many noted increases in vulnerability, while acknowledging the on-going need for resources and services. The findings openly state that "there is a need for providing more options for people that want to get out of prostitution. Language classes, work training and work options are considered to have clear positive effects and there is a need for more of such initiatives." But despite this need for more options the study points out that for those in the sex trade, life is harder.

Pye Jakobsson, President of NSWP said:

This report shows the responsibility the police has in terms of the impact of their tactics and policing of the ban. Sex workers face tougher conditions in that outdoor sex work environments have become less favourable; sex workers are more reluctant to report crimes of violence to the police, sex workers' income is reduced due to sex workers now having weaker negotiating power as clients are nervous, want to leave faster, and there are fewer clients. Indoor sex work has also become more difficult as working together for safety is not an option due to third party laws; also distressing is the fact that sex workers working indoors are constantly in danger of being evicted from the premises they are working in due to police 'educating' landlords and hotel managers on how to recognise sex workers and to evict them."

NSWP's statement strongly condemns this report published by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security as it fails to recognise the grave violations to Norwegian sex workers' human rights that are taking place with state impunity under the current model that bans the purchase of sex. The statement further urges the Norwegian Government to listen to the experiences of sex workers and acknowledge that the criminalisation of the purchase of sex in Norway is resulting in health and human rights violations of sex workers. 

 

16th August

  Premature Speculation...

An upcoming cock ring called SexFit that will record sexual performance metrics for boasting on the internet. Hopefully there will exist a facility to edit out the quickies
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bondara sexfit Spring 2015 will see the release of Bondara's SexFit, a wearable device which claims to be able to measure and track your sexual performance.

Fitting onto the penis like a standard cock ring, the WiFi-enabled SexFit provides a number of straightforward functions like vibration and restriction of blood flow. LED lights will pulse in rhythm acting like a metronome.

The device will track key metrics such as calories burned, time spent and thrusts per minute. This data can be stored and uploaded to the internet for Social media sharing.

 

16th August

 Offsite Article: No Joy of Sex in Ireland...

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Joy Sex Gourmet Guide Lovemaking How the noted sex manual was banned by book censors right up to 1987

See article from irishexaminer.com

 

15th August

 Commented: Dr. BJ's Salon...

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15th August 2014. From DavidT

It's about this guy who pays for a physical, erotic experience at a place where the staff deal with scores of clients daily and probably do a good (blow-) job. The the stupid sod complains that lack of a sense of affection spoiled his enjoyment ! Maybe he should buy a dog or stay home and take care of his grandparents.

 

14th August

  Turning the Tables...

Decent folk protest against the moral turpitude at an Ohio church
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protesting at new castle church The good and decent folk of New Castle in Ohio have been protesting outside a local den of iniquity known as the New Beginnings Ministries.

Six fine upstanding strippers, who work at a club called Foxhole North, took part in a short topless protest march that went from the corner of Railroad and Church streets to the edge of the New Beginnings parking lot, where they set up lawn chairs and waited for the people of dubious morals to enter for Sunday services.

It wasn't the first time the women had protested, but this time, they were joined by about 30 more citizens, most of whom sat across the street from the church entrance or marched in front of it, holding protest signs. Two of the club workers remained topless for the length of the protest.

The strippers were protesting at the unchristianlike behaviour exhibited by the church congregation as they previously picketed the strip club. Thomas George, Foxhole North's owner explianed:

We want to let [church members] know how it feels to be under scrutiny. They come up every weekend. They're very abusive and certainly not Christian-like, not what I read in my Bible. I have to point out the hypocrisy I see and not stand by and let this go on week in and week out.

I don't have a problem with people expressing their First Amendment rights, but at what point does it become harassment?

George said that at least twice he'd filed injunctions to have the church protesters stay at least 100 feet away from his club, but both requests were denied---so George decided to take matters into his own hands.

The church erected a tarpaulin between the entrance and the strippers lest their congregation catch a sight of the dancers and get struck down by a bold of lightning

 

12th August

 Updated: More bang for your buck...

How new technology is shaking up the oldest business
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economist sex business The Economist,  a respected magazine, which publishes well-researched, substantive articles has published a substantial article setting out the arguments for a legalised sex trade .
 

Update: Morality in Media recommends Economist artilce

12th August 2014. See article from  pornharms.com ,

According to the campaigners of Morality in Media, the Economist article ignores the more subtle and broader complications to such a proposal, ie that anything to do with sexual entertainment is morally bad.

Morality in Media has called on its supporters to write to the Economist and point out the error of its ways.

But surely the article must have done something write to rattle the moralist's cage.

 

5th August

  Hustler Hassled...

Larry Flynt says that the future of Hustler magazine is uncertain
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hustler september  2014 Porn publisher Larry Flynt is selling his original Hustler store on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California. The planned sale of the property that houses the store, which offers products such as lingerie and sex toys, comes as traditional adult publishers struggle to compete with online providers.

Hustler Magazine this month celebrated its 40th anniversary. But it may not celebrate many more birthdays. Flynt said in a Bloomberg Television interview:

I don't think Hustler is going to be around very much longer, with customers turning to the Internet instead. It's making money now. As long as it makes money, I'll continue to publish, but we can see the handwriting on the wall.

 

4th August

 Offsite Article: Why topless French women are covering up...

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Topless Poster Silver Framed Laminated The Local looks at why French women no longer feel the need, or feel comfortable taking their tops off on the beaches

See article from thelocal.fr

 

3rd August

 Update: Taking Notice...

Police weigh in as sex workers protest the closure of their red light area
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Indonesia flag Indonesia's sex workers have been protesting against a local authority which has announced the closure of the sex trade. In Surabaya's famous Dolly red light district, local residents, pimps and sex workers have been battling with law enforcement.

On Sunday afternoon riot police moved in to occupy Dolly, in an attempt to reinforce an earlier blanket shutdown of the local sex industry. Those who resisted the encroachment were shot at with tear gas, pummelled by baton-wielding officers, and ultimately forced to flee the area in fear of further bloodshed or detention. By the end of the melee 10 people had been arrested, including the leader of the Local Workers Front (FPL), Ari Saputro, who has been spearheading community resistance efforts since the Surabaya city government initiated a shutdown of the area on June 18.

Police weighed in when Saputro and other members of the FPL ceremoniously tore down and set fire to a placard erected by the city's authorities to signify Dolly's foreclosure, as well as a recent name change. We reject the instalment of this sign here, Saputro reportedly said as he ripped out the placard, And after Ramadan, we will operate as normal. We refuse to shut down!

Riot police then gathered in response to the immolated placard, whilst Saputro and other protestors attempted to barricade their positions with stacks of flaming tyres, knowing that they had defied an earlier police order to leave the placard intact or else face detention for vandalism .

On Sunday evening several news channels released footage of the police crackdown, showing pictures of bloodied protestors being dragged away from smouldering wreckage, including one man who was repeatedly punched in the face by what appears to be a plain-clothed police officer, even though he had already been restrained by two other officers.

 

2nd August

 Offsite Article: Fifty Shades of Grey leaves out all the joy of BDSM...

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fifty shades of grey trailer As a professional dominatrix, I tie people up, spank them or humiliate them. Their joy is to submit to me; mine is the power rush of that control. By Margaret Corvid

See article from theguardian.com

 

1st August

 Offsite Article: Le Beverley...

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beverley paris Declining fortunes at the last sex cinema in Paris

See article from in.reuters.com

 

30th July

 Offsite Article: The Tsunami of gentrification...

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robertpeel Edie Lamort mourns the closure of the famed London strip pub, The Robert Peel

See article from sexandcensorship.org



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