TOPIC: Prostitution

Santa Cruz: Report Back From Alix Tichelman Support Demonstration

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04.14.15 - On Monday, April 13th, a small group of people gathered at the Santa Cruz County Courthouse in support of Alix Tichelman, the woman charged with killing a Google executive named Forrest Hayes in 2013. Dozens of pamphlets were handed out in front of the courthouse detailing the case against Alix. Her parents personally thanked the group for their presence. Read…

Oakland City Officials Can Now Require Landlords to Evict Sex Workers

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11.11.14 - Landlords in Oakland, California, will now be required to evict sex workers from their properties if the city asks them to. Under an ordinance passed by the Oakland City Council Tuesday, city officials have authority to force suspected sex workers—along with anyone engaged in certain "nuisance" activities—from their homes, even if these individuals haven't been convicted of any crimes. The ordinance also allows landlords to request that the city carry out evictions of these individuals. It passed the Council by unanimous vote. Read…

Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay – April 2014 SHOW

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04.10.14 - “Prostitute,” it’s the term often used by law enforcement and the general public to label women, men and transgender people in the sex trade, but on today’s segment we use the terms “sex worker” or “person in the sex trade” since these terms consider sex as labor and part of an economy. While there are varied definitions and terms to discuss sexual transactions, there has been a heightened focus on sex trafficking in social and popular media; from rumors about human trafficking at the Super Bowl to new television programs like “Slave hunter” where bounty hunters rescue and free victims of trafficking. Read…

Sex Workers to Protest Anti-Trafficking Panel, Say ‘John’ Label Is Offensive

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02.11.14 - Tomorrow, Bay Area sex workers will protest a San Francisco anti-trafficking panel discussion that critics argue is part of a misguided agenda to further criminalize adults in the sex industry. The San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking, a coalition of government agencies and private organizations, is organizing the panel presentation on prostitution as part of a closing event for Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Read…

Juvenile Hall in Oakland plans to create a girl’s camp for sexually exploited youth

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12.09.13 - International Boulevard in Oakland has a reputation as a prime location for prostitution, and especially for the trafficking of minors. Now, local law enforcement and regional agencies are trying to change that: not just by tightening prosecution of pimps, but by providing new resources to the young victims who have been drawn into solicitation. The Read…