Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
The Christian Institute: The Church of Scotland alongside other faith groups and organisations has called on the Scottish Government to make buying sex illegal.
The Christian Institute: A Bill outlawing the purchase of sex has been passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly, making the Province the first part of the UK to bring in such legislation.
The Christian Institute: Paying for sex is set to become a criminal offence in Northern Ireland, following a landmark vote by the Stormont Assembly this week.
New York Times: “The report does not estimate the size of the illicit sex economy nationwide, instead analyzing the trade as of 2007 in eight cities: Miami, Dallas, Washington, Denver, San Diego, Seattle, Atlanta and Kansas City, Mo. The report, commissioned by the Justice Department, is intended to address what researchers describe as wide gaps in the understanding of how the underground sex trade works, especially in the Internet age.”
WCAX: “Vermont’s abortion ban technically remains on the books despite state and national Supreme Court cases from the 1970s invalidating it.”
Betsy Woodruff at National Review: “If you prefer your Super Bowl without a side of sex trafficking, you’ve got company in Congress. An aide from Representative Randy Hultgren (R., Ill.) tells NRO he plans to have legislation drafted within a few weeks highlighting a link between prostitution and sex slavery.”
AP: “Sixteen juveniles forced into working as prostitutes for the Super Bowl were rescued in the New York City area by the FBI in the weeks before the game, the agency said Tuesday.”
Mary Rose Somarriba: “Contrary to the rhetoric of sex-worker advocacy groups, the vast majority of women working as prostitutes did not freely choose to do so. Human trafficking is a serious problem, and those who attempt to downplay its prevalence often have ulterior motives.”
Evangelical Financial Council of Canada Report: Last week the EFC delivered its proposal for reform to Canada’s prostitution laws to the Prime Minister and the Ministers of Justice and Public Safety. Read the report and the EFC’s recommendations in Out of Business: Prostitution in Canada – Putting an End to Demand.
The Globe and Mail: Today, the Criminal Code of Canada still tells us that sex where there has been an exchange of money – sex work – is bad sex. When the Supreme Court of Canada releases its decision on Friday, it has the opportunity to focus its analysis on the harms caused by the criminalization of sex work, instead of sending messages about good sex and bad sex. What side of history will the Court be on?
AP: A bill that would decriminalize prostitutes and fine their customers passed France’s lower house of parliament on Wednesday by a wide margin.
AP: France’s government is pushing one of Europe’s toughest laws against prostitution and sex trafficking, and other countries are watching closely.
EuroNews: There are close to 30 million slaves worldwide with India home to nearly half, a new report has claimed. The Global Slavery Index 2013, the first of its kind, estimates there are 13.9 million people living as slaves in India. China is a distant second with 2.9m slaves; followed by Pakistan with 2.1m; Nigeria 0.7m; and Ethiopia 0.6m.
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AP: Increasingly, experts in the field are saying no, and applying the label human trafficking to homegrown prostitution. And now more lawmakers, police and prosecutors across the country are starting to shift their view on this, too.
Telegraph: They look like shelters for hikers in a national park, but these wooden sheds in Switzerland have a rather less innocent purpose – they provide a discreet location for men to have sex with prostitutes.
Washington Post: But some girls who grow up in Egypt’s poor rural communities face an even scarier sort of child marriage: the temporary kind. Sex tourism to Egypt tends to spike in the summer, when wealthy men from Gulf countries flood into Egypt and thousands of underage girls are sold by their parents into temporary “marriages,” according to a story by Inter Press Service.
The Atlantic: Bartering girls in marriage to pay off loans — and not just drug debts — has been practiced in the region for centuries. But it has increased exponentially due to poverty brought on by 30 years of war. Parand said no opium brides have reached out to her group for help. These young girls mostly live on the borders of the country, where trafficking is rampant and access to foreign aid and NGOs limited. That leaves many of these girls having to submit or resist on their own. Some of them commit suicide.
AP: An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office task force arrested at least 12 men since 2011 under a sodomy law invalidated a decade ago the U.S. Supreme Court, a newspaper reported Sunday.
Baptist Press: Despite ruling in favor of groups that refuse to oppose prostitution and sex trafficking, a decision Thursday (June 20) by the U.S. Supreme Court is considered good news for some faith-based organizations.
When May the Government Require Groups to Endorse Certain Views in Order to Get Government Benefits?
Eugene Volokh at Volokh Conspiracy: hat’s the question the Court considered in today’s Agency for Int’l Development v. Alliance for Open Society Int’l, Inc.; and the Court held that government’s power in this area is distinctly limited. Here’s the opening of Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion for six Justices (Justice Scalia, joined by Justice Thomas, dissented, and Justice Kagan was recused) . . .
The Hill: The State Department on Wednesday labeled Russia and China as two of the world’s worst sex-trafficking offenders, putting them in the same category as a rogues’ gallery of 21 nations including Iran, Syria and North Korea.
SCOTUS Live Blog reports: “The Court holds that the policy violates the First Amendment by compelling affirmation of a belief outside the scope of the program.” | Opinion: Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc.
The Globe and Mail: Sex workers and their supporters marched and rallied in several Canadian cities Saturday to call for the decriminalization of prostitution, days before a Supreme Court hearing on whether laws restricting the sale of sex should be tossed out.
One News Now: Muslims have been obtaining the children from their parents in small villages, promising to educate them and provide them jobs. Instead, they have been sold into madrassas, or Islamic training centers.
Unlikely coalition of liberals and conservatives is shifting the way we view – and treat – people who sell sex | Salon
Salon: And now, with eight states handing down felony charges for prostitution — where non-violent, mostly female prostitution offenders are serving in state prison – a battle to lessen criminal penalties has been joined by an unlikely ally. Conservative lawmakers, looking at price tags, are also receptive to changing the way we see – and treat– people working in prostitution.
Evangelical Fellowship: In a highly publicized case launched in 2009, three women – a dominatrix and two former prostitutes – challenged three prostitution-related provisions of the Criminal Code in an Ontario court, arguing that these provisions violated Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees “life, liberty and security of the person.” The three provisions challenged relate to (i) keeping a common bawdy house or brothel, (ii) living on the avails of prostitution and (iii) communicating for the purposes of prostitution.
Zero Hedge: As the NYT reports, in just the past two years, the numbers of Greeks engaging in prostitution as a last course source of income has more than doubled: according to the National Center for Social Research, the number of people selling sex has surged 150 percent in the last two years.
NY Times: Free Speech and an Anti-Prostitution pledge.
Washington Times: A Bush-era rule that forbids some federal AIDS money to go to groups unless they “explicitly” oppose prostitution and sex trafficking is heading to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.
Richard Wolfe at USA Today: Fights against AIDS, sex traffic collide at high court At stake is a little-known provision in the law, intended mainly to combat HIV/AIDS, requiring most outside organizations that receive federal funds to have policies “explicitly …
Reuters: A Supreme Court case that challenges a law requiring anti-prostitution policies for HIV/AIDS programs seeking federal money has generated a split among nonprofit groups that counsel sex workers overseas.
Amicus Brief on Behalf of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and the Christian Legal Society in AID v. AOSI | Eugene Volokh
Eugene Volokh at the Volokh Conspiracy: I’m pleased to report that my Mayer Brown LLP colleagues Andrew Frey and Michael Rayfield and I have just filed a friend of the court briefon behalf of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and the Christian Legal Society in Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, which will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court later this month.
SCOTUS Blog: Prostitution seems like an unlikely topic for a battle over freedom of speech, but that is precisely the focus of an important case to be argued in late April that tests the limits of the federal government’s ability to attach conditions to federal spending. The case is Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc., to be argued on April 22.
Washington Post: Maine’s highest court prepared to weigh in on whether a man can be charged with invasion of privacy for viewing videos of accused johns who were recorded without their knowledge while engaging in sex acts with a woman who’s charged with using her Zumba studio as a front for prostitution.
First Things: After the 2009 Super Bowl in Miami, the Florida Department of Children and Families reported more than twenty children identified as sex trafficking victims in conjunction with the big game.
Telegraph: In Jordan, hundreds of Syrian females have been affected by an informal trade that has sprung up since the start of the war in Syria, where men use “agents” to source Syrian refugees to use for sex. Often this is done under the guise of “marriage”: The ‘dowry’, which in Muslim society is traditionally paid by the groom as a guarantee of the bride’s security has become a payment for sex. And the “marriage”, is an affair that lasts only a few days or even hours.
LifeSiteNews: A study of the impact of legalized prostitution has found that countries where prostitution is legal experience larger reported human trafficking inflows than countries in which prostitution is prohibited. Professor Eric Neumayer of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a team of researchers analyzed data on human trafficking from a global sample of 116 countries in order to determine what effect a country’s domestic policy on prostitution has on trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims.
Telegraph: Zurich council has approved a plan to build the boxes, which will, it hopes, provide a discreet location for prostitutes and their clients to conduct business when they open in August next year.
Brothel owner who employs 80 prostitute wins election as county commissioner in Nevada… and he’s a Republican
Daily Mail: Lance Gilman is a thriving businessman with dozens of employees. That those workers include a good many prostitutes didn’t faze the people of a rural Nevada county who recently elected him as a Storey County commissioner by a wide margin
Sea Coast Online: If one consenting adult pays another consenting adult for sex, “it’s not the government’s business,” said Barbara Keshen, an attorney for the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union.
AP: Argentina’s Supreme Court has ruled that a woman rescued from a prostitution ring must get the abortion she wants.
LifeSiteNews: The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a BC Court of Appeal ruling that allows a former prostitute and a Vancouver based pro-prostitution lobby group to challenge Canada’s prostitution laws in court . . . The full text of the Supreme Court of Canada ruling in Canada (Attorney General) v. Downtown Eastside Sex Workers is available here.
Alana S. Newman at Public Discourse: Young women now have to defend themselves not only from stereotypical sexual predators, but also from older women and gay men who seek their egg
The Guardian: The new Socialist government’s determination to abolish prostitution has the whole country in debate. But what do the sex workers think of the plan?
See SCOTUS Blog Petition of the Day reporting on: Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc., No. 12-10
AP: Laws written long before the dawn of the Internet age have authorities across the nation struggling to prosecute online prostitution rings because of huge loopholes . . .
AP: Prostitutes have the right to work from motel rooms in an Australian state, a court said after finding the owner’s refusal to rent to a sex worker was discriminatory.
CNSNews: A report issued by the United Nations-backed Global Commission on HIV and the Law; recommends that nations around the world get rid of “punitive” laws against prostitution – or what it calls “consensual sex work” — and decriminalize the voluntary use of illegal injection drugs in order to combat the HIV epidemic.
Wall Street Journal: The City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday that requires strip clubs to pay a $5-per-visitor fee to help pay for the analysis of biological evidence collected from rape victims in hopes of identifying their attackers. . . . The Texas Supreme Court last year rejected a claim that the state fee, sponsored by Ms. Cohen as a state lawmaker, violates free-speech rights by infringing on a mode of expression: sexually suggestive dancing.
Christian Institute: A Labour MSP has vowed to press ahead with new laws to criminalise paying for sex, but her hopes for fast-tracking the proposals have been dashed.
BBC: Every year thousands of women are forced into prostitution and traded from Mexico to the United States. The BBC investigates the sex trafficking business, which makes some men very wealthy at the expense of vulnerable young women.
TheStar.com: The federal government is looking to appeal a sex-trade ruling that essentially legalized bawdy houses. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson says the government believes the Supreme Court of Canada needs to provide a binding, national decision.
Washington Post: The exploitation of Afghanistan’s ‘dancing boys’: A growing number of Afghan children are being coerced into a life of abuse as a result of the practice of wealthy or prominent Afghans exploiting underage boys as sexual partners.
Wendy Wright at Turtle Bay and Beyond: As the UN considers creating “sexual rights” for children as young as 10, a court in Brazil shows what this would mean.
LifeSiteNews: A Brazilian federal appeals court has ruled that a child molester who committed sex acts with three twelve-year-old girls was not guilty of rape because, “the victims were far from innocent.”
One News Now: A pro-family leader in Canada says a case in Ontario illustrates why the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper must take steps to rein in judicial activism.
News from The Associated Press: “Many people are surprised to learn there are more people trapped in slavery today than any time in history,” said Jacquelline Fuller, director of charitable giving and advocacy for Google.
News from The Associated Press: Chinese police arrested 608 suspects and rescued 178 children in busts of two separate child trafficking networks, authorities said Wednesday.
The Washington Post: French lawmakers are expected to pass a symbolic resolution that would condemn prostitution as linked to human trafficking and violence before beginning debate on a tough proposed law that would punish clients.
(AP) Boston.com: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has ordered an “extensive and thorough review” of a foreign exchange program that has been used by U.S. businesses as a source of cheap labor and exploited by criminals to import women to work in the sex industry.
News from The Associated Press: A new report says 41 states have failed to adopt strong penalties against human trafficking, and advocates say a patchwork of differing state laws makes it difficult for authorities to target the crime.
South Korea: Unlike most other countries, credit card users in South Korea have no option to pay off their debt over months or even years. Instead, they must pay off the full balance in 30 days, which makes it easy for borrowers “paying 25% plus annual interest rates to fall behind.” It is not uncommon for lenders to take possession or even repossess borrowers homes to pay their debts. When a poor woman like You Mi Kim, becomes delinquent, she often turns to private lenders for quick cash.
NYTimes.com: But a recent published account of a party at Mr. Berlusconi’s home where one female guest performed a striptease dressed as a nun, apparently was more than the Church could stand.
Fox News: Sex therapists talk with their patients to help them confront their sexual problems and improve their sex lives. But some patients need more than talk therapy. They need practice in the bedroom, and have no spouse or partner to turn to.
Laura J. Lederer at Public Discourse: A culture of exploitation and violence, especially sexual exploitation of children, is at epidemic levels here in the United States and around the world. The current Administration’s response is anemic and more must be done.
The Independent: Prostitutes in the German city of Bonn must carry a ticket purchased from a new parking meter-like machine while working the streets or face hefty fines from tax authorities in a scheme launched on last Monday.