By Juliana Jiménez Jada Pinkett Smith released a song about sex trafficking called “Nada Se Compara”, as you can tell, in Spanish. The video was directed by Salma Hayek, and together with Pinkett Smith, they launched a website, http://www.dontsellbodies.org, to raise awareness about this problem. Though her Spanish, the video and the music all suck a […]Read more "Great Cause, Not-So-Great Music"
By Juliana Jiménez When President Obama arrived in Colombia this weekend for the Summit of the Americas, he was greeted with less-than-welcome news: Eleven Secret Service agents had been suspended and sent home for soliciting prostitution in the city of Cartagena. After one of the women complained to the police about not receiving proper payment, the story […]Read more "Secret Service Goes Sextouristing in Colombia"
By Juliana Jiménez In the same way that the reaction to Trayvon Martin’s death revealed the charged and potentially racist meanings of a hoodie, the reaction to Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s arrest last week on a warning of “aggravated pimping” highlighted an Orwellian distortion of the meaning of the word “pimp.” A large swath of the public’s reaction to the news […]Read more "The Problem with “Pimping”"
Afghan girl tortured by in-laws for refusing prostitution From Yahoo! News – Reuters Running away from an abusive husband or a forced marriage are considered “moral crimes,” for which women are currently imprisoned in Afghanistan. Some rape victims have also been imprisoned, because sex outside marriage, even when the woman is forced, is considered adultery, […]Read more "Afghan girl tortured for refusing prostitution"
By Juliana Jiménez Nicholas Kristof, as always, has this excellent column on sex trafficking in Cambodia, focusing particularly on Somaly Mam, an anti-sex slavery activist he joined in a brothel raid. Fighting Back, One Brothel Raid at a Time – NYTimes.com. A few nights ago, I went on his Twitter profile and read some very […]Read more "Fighting Back, One Brothel Raid at a Time – NYTimes.com"