Tag: campaigns

Sex workers working with police: Sue Davis, Vancouver BC

laura agustin , December 11th, 2020

We hear most about the big moments in sex workers’ rights movements – court decisions, parliamentary reports, conferences, public protests. But many groups engage in negotiations behind th…

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What is Decrim? The many places of prostitution in law

laura agustin , February 28th, 2019

Recently the short form decrim has appeared in the name of several groups campaigning for decriminalisation of prostitution: the removal of criminal penalties for selling and buying sex….

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The New Abolitionist Model

laura agustin , December 20th, 2017

The New Abolitionist Model By Laura Agustín, was published in Jacobin Magazine 6 December 2017. I wrote this after reading Julie Bindel’s new book but my thoughts are…

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If you thought Trafficking was a bad term, try Modern Slavery

laura agustin , November 22nd, 2017

As if Human Trafficking weren’t an already over-used, ambiguous, confusing term for a raft of phenomena, some influential characters want to replace the term with Modern Slavery. I…

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Sexwork and migration fiction, part 1: Melodrama and archetypes

laura agustin , January 23rd, 2017

I wrote a novel, The Three-Headed Dog, for more than one reason. Here is the first of a series in which I tell why, not in any greatly structured…

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The Anthropoliteia #BlackLivesMatterSyllabus Project, Week 7: Faye Harrison on Teaching “Black Lives Matter”

smulla16 , October 19th, 2016

The editors of Anthropoliteia are happy to present the latest entry in on ongoing series The Anthropoliteia #BlackLivesMatterSyllabus Project, which will mobilize anthropological work as a pedagogical…


Trafficking: The globalisation of weak thinking and dumb language

laura agustin , November 2nd, 2015

What isn’t on this list of signs of human trafficking? Has there ever been a vaguer term than abuse of vulnerability? It could describe being a parent or…

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Research is not activism: And whose interests are at stake, anyway?

laura agustin , August 31st, 2015

Recently Amnesty International voted to pursue a policy advocating the decriminalisation of sex work (sort of). If you were judging the issues by what Big Media told you,…

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15. Location technologists: the politics of digital media in a ‘special region’ of Indonesia

John Postill , March 16th, 2015

Chapter proposal to Location Technologies in International Context, Rowan Wilken (Swinburne Uni of Tech), Gerard Goggin (U of Sydney) & Heather Horst (RMIT), eds. John Postill RMIT University…


Becoming aware of Awareness-Raising as anti-trafficking tactic

laura agustin , January 7th, 2015

My Google Alerts are now full of nonsensical items on behalf of a Trafficking Awareness Month in the USA. I first discovered Awareness Raising when I began to…

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‘Sex Work is Not Sex Trafficking’: An idea whose time has not come

laura agustin , September 19th, 2014

Anti-prostitution advocates routinely use absurd over-simplications to make their crusade crystal-clear easy to understand. Campaigning works better when arguments are black and white and slogans are …

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