Tag: laws

Snake Oil: A Memoir on the Rise of ‘Trafficking’

laura agustin , December 14th, 2020


­When future historians try to understand what ‘trafficking’ meant in the first 20 years of the 21st century, I hope this memoir gives them pause. Recording how my…


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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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Naked Anthropologist News for Radio Ava: Jan 2020

laura agustin , January 12th, 2020


Since last spring I’ve been providing Naked Anthropologist News to Radio Ava, a sexworker project in London. Something between tweeting and blogging, these news-bits are meant to be…


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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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Sexbuyer laws: War on clients, says Israeli MP

laura agustin , January 8th, 2019


Sexbuyer laws now exist in eight countries at the national level: Israel, France, Canada, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden. I use the term sexbuyer laws because in…


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Migrant Caravan in Tijuana: Report from a volunteer lawyer

laura agustin , December 4th, 2018


Tijuana is a city in the north of the state of Baja California in Mexico, close to the San Isidro Land Port of Entry, where wikipedia says 20,000…


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Sex workers may unionise – but can prostitutes? The case of Sindicato OTRAS

laura agustin , November 26th, 2018


Last week a Madrid tribunal declared that sex workers can unionise but prostitutes can’t – or that’s what it comes down to. Sindicato OTRAS was granted conventional union…


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Strike4Decrim on Women’s ‘Day’ Soho 8 March 2018

laura agustin , March 12th, 2018


I was glad to be able to participate in the Strike4Decrim events on the evening of 8 March – International Women’s Day. In general I’m no fan of…


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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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Sex work in fiction: Gorky Park, Moscow prostitution doesn’t exist

laura agustin , November 3rd, 2017


Militia detectives are at Kazansky Station in Komsomol Square, in Martin Cruz Smith’s novel Gorky Park. Cartier-Bresson’s 1954 photo shows the station at the left and surrounding traffic. …


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Social-Problem novels and The Three-Headed Dog

laura agustin , May 29th, 2017


I was interviewed in an old pub in Stoke Newington next to a photo-plaque memorialising Writers and Reformers.* I suppose it was by chance, but maybe not. Campaigners…


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Social-Problem novels and The Three-Headed Dog

laura agustin , May 29th, 2017


I was interviewed in an old pub in Stoke Newington next to a photo-plaque memorialising Writers and Reformers.* I suppose it was by chance, but maybe not. Campaigners…


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The Three-Headed Dog: Sexwork and Migration Mystery

laura agustin , January 9th, 2017


Despite how it might look to those who’ve known me only since Sex at the Margins, I’m not making a sudden switch to fiction. It’s one of the…


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Exchange on an anti-trafficking hotline

laura agustin , December 17th, 2016


High Hopes for refuge for human trafficking survivors seemed like just another story about small Rescue-Industry projects getting big funding and providing founders with lots of good feelings…


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End Demand: the B movie

laura agustin , September 1st, 2015


It has all the earmarks of a tearjerker. The billboard erected in Phoenix, Arizona, by anti-prostitutionists looks like artwork for a 1940s paperback cover or poster for a…


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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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