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Oct 15, 2013 Dear John: Think twice before picking up that prostitute in Sanford

QUOTE: the Sanford Police Department will send "Dear John" letters to registered owners of vehicles spotted lingering in areas known for prostitution....Some lawyers are criticizing the initiative, which they say could have negative repercussions if police erroneously send the letter to someone who was not looking for a prostitute.

Orlando Sentinel
Sep 21, 2011 Tradition forces girls into prostitution

QUOTE: Under the devdasi system, girls were dedicated to a life of sex work in the name of religion...Gradually, this gave way to a life of prostitution....It's an area of extreme poverty – so sending a daughter into the sex business is seen as a way for parents to unburden themselves of a child -and, it's lucrative.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Aug 09, 2011 Pimps feed on twisting Californian dream

QUOTE: the fight against prostitution has been refocused and now the prostitutes are treated as victims..."With us changing our focus to trying to arrest the pimps, pimping carries a three year mandatory sentence here in California, so to us we have more of an impact because if we can arrest one pimp we can in theory shut down three or four girls because if their pimp's out, it gives them the opportunity to escape the life that they're in."

CNN (Cable News Network)
Apr 23, 2011 What About American Girls Sold on the Streets?

QUOTE: So even when they’re 14 years old, we often arrest and prosecute them — even as the trafficker goes free... Homegrown American girls are also trafficked, and they deserve sympathy and social services — not handcuffs and juvenile detention. 

New York Times
Feb 02, 2011 Sex Scandals in Italy Fuel Discontent of Women

QUOTE: Italy significantly trails European Union counterparts on equality indicators like employment of women or women in leadership positions, and indignant women say the latest scandal [the Berlusconi sex scandal-Ed.] highlights a troubling message: the way for a woman to get ahead in Italy is to sell her soul, if not her body, to powerful men.

New York Times
Jul 16, 2009 On Speedboats, Legal Again, Albania’s Illicit Sex Trade Could Flare

QUOTE: the Albanian government three years ago barred all Albanian citizens from using speedboats, the favored transportation used by traffickers to get people out of the country. But the ban prompted loud protests from fishermen and people in the tourism industry, and in May it was reversed. Law enforcement and human rights officials are concerned that as a result, human trafficking may explode anew...

New York Times
Jun 16, 2009 Economic downturn fuels human trafficking: Twelve more countries are on the US watch list this year for failing to combat trafficking, as the recession makes workers vulnerable to exploitation.

QUOTE: The economic downturn is adding a new dimension to the global problem of human trafficking... as workers desperate for income accept increasingly onerous conditions or fall prey to international cheap-labor rings.

Christian Science Monitor
Nov 10, 2008 Prosecuting Johns: Why allowing Eliot Spitzer to break the law is a mistake.

QUOTE: Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned in March 2008 after it was discovered that he had used women in prostitution...Last week, we learned that the former prosecutor will not be prosecuted for breaking the law.

Dec 03, 2007 From Stand in Long Island Slavery Case, a Snapshot of a Hidden U.S. Problem

QUOTE: The law is probably best known for its focus on prostitution and child-sex traffickers; yet in the last few years, in a few highly publicized cases like the Sabhnanis’, federal and state task forces set up to deal with sex trafficking have also begun to focus on the exploitation of domestic workers.

New York Times
Aug 05, 2007 Oldest Profession Flourishes in China: Economic Boom, Erosion of Values Cited in Increased Competition Among Sex Workers

QUOTE: The Communist Party is embarrassed by the thriving trade... [but] the trade brings in money that helps support poor rural families and lines the pockets of everyone who helps protect the business -- often including local authorities.

Washington Post
Apr 28, 2007 State Department official resigns over 'D.C. madam'

QUOTE: A top State Department official resigned Friday after revealing to ABC News that he had been a client of the alleged "D.C. madam's" escort service.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Dec 15, 2005 In a Shift, Anti-Prostitution Effort Targets Pimps and Johns

QUOTE: ...a shift in how the government and the public respond to the sex unlikely coalition of evangelicals, feminists, liberal activists and conservative human rights advocates are pushing the issue. They are trying to reframe the way people talk about prostitutes, calling them "survivors" and signing off e-mails with the slogan "Abolition!"

Washington Post
Dec 06, 2004 A Harsh Price to Pay in Pursuit of a Dream: For Central American Women, Sexual Coercion Is Hazard on Route to U.S.

QUOTE: "If you come to my office and lie down with me, you can pass." That was the ... price of passage to the United States.

Washington Post
Aug 18, 2004 China Jails Hong Kong Democrat

QUOTE: The arrest of a pro-democracy Hong Kong candidate in mainland China on charges of soliciting a prostitute touched off a media furor in the former British colony...and fueled suspicion that Beijing was trying to influence next month's legislative election.

Los Angeles Times
Jul 09, 2001 Oldest Profession Gets New Legal Protection: Rules for Dutch Brothels Bring Rights, Responsibilities

QUOTE: Prostitution has long been legal in the Netherlands...Legislation passed last year after 17 years of debate has removed the last layer of illegality, designating brothels as workplaces subject to rules, regulations and tax collection like any other.

Washington Post