Apr 5, 2014

Host clubs: a hotbed of human trafficking

by Jake Adelstein

The Japanese host. You can see them on the streets of Tokyo’s Kabukicho: the dapper thin men with colored, blown-dry hair, fake suntans, snazzy suits and charming smiles, chatting up passing females and trying to get them to come and have drinks. They’ve been ...

China prostitution expose triggers surprising backlash

Feb 11, 2014

China prostitution expose triggers surprising backlash

An expose by China’s state broadcaster on rampant prostitution in the country’s “sex capital” of Dongguan triggered a huge police operation — as well as a surprising online backlash. More than 6,000 police officers swept through hundreds of hotels, saunas and karaoke parlors in ...

Canada rejects laws against prostitution

Dec 21, 2013

Canada rejects laws against prostitution

Canada’s highest court struck down the country’s anti-prostitution laws Friday, a victory for sex workers who had argued that a ban on brothels made their profession more dangerous. The court, which rendered its ruling Friday in a case brought by three women in the ...

French vote squeezes prostitution

Dec 5, 2013

French vote squeezes prostitution

French lawmakers on Wednesday approved a controversial bill that will make the clients of prostitutes liable for fines starting at €1,500 ($2,000). The draft law was approved by the lower house National Assembly, with 268 deputies voting in favor, 138 voting against and 79 ...

French lawmakers vote to penalize clients of sex workers

Nov 30, 2013

French lawmakers vote to penalize clients of sex workers

French lawmakers on Saturday adopted a highly controversial provision in a bill that punishes clients of prostitutes amid fierce argument that the new measure will be counterproductive. Under the new provision, buying sex acts will be punishable by a €1,500 ($2,000) fine. Repeat offenders ...

Oldest profession targeted in France

Nov 27, 2013

Oldest profession targeted in France

France’s government is pushing one of Europe’s toughest laws against prostitution and sex trafficking, and other countries are watching closely. Advocates hope that a draft law set to go before parliament Wednesday will help change long-held attitudes toward the world’s oldest profession — by ...

Chinese prostitutes 'routinely extorted, abused'

May 15, 2013

Chinese prostitutes 'routinely extorted, abused'

Police raids on brothels in China have a pattern, sex workers say, often occurring a few days ahead of politically sensitive events or whenever someone in government orders an antipornography campaign to please the leadership. It is during these times, the workers say, that ...