Ukrainian refugee women trafficked into (legal) prostitution

The news cycle seems about ready to move on to other matters, but right now as predominantly women and children are still fleeing Ukraine and trying to find safe haven in other countries, multiple sources confirm that traffickers are trying to gain control over victims and to sexually exploit them. Countries with a legal prostitution regime provide especially fertile ground because most activities of third-party … Continue reading Ukrainian refugee women trafficked into (legal) prostitution

But what about OnlyFans?

In discussing the issue of prostitution and the sex trade I get inevitably asked about the online subscription-based / personalized porn platform “OnlyFans”. Women on this app don’t have to meet men, don’t have to be touched by them… instead, they post explicit content from behind the safety of a screen and make a living. But is it that simple? Here are my YouTube videos … Continue reading But what about OnlyFans?

“Sex Worker Safety Advice” Reveals the Violence of Prostitution

A German state-funded advice video for women in prostitution on how to be “safer in sex work” gives insight into the reality of the sex trade – more than was likely intended by the makers. Sources The original video: Here. The “Lola” website: Here. Trafficking into Germany from Bulgaria & Romania: Source. Rachel Moran’s quote: “Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution”. Bettina Flitner’s photography: Source. … Continue reading “Sex Worker Safety Advice” Reveals the Violence of Prostitution

Kinkshaming is Essential Feminist Praxis

New response video on a “kinky” game on an app marketed for teens. I will go into why BDSM is a patriarchal power trip, how sexualized sadism mirrors and constitutes abusive behavior, and why kink-shaming is essential feminist praxis. Since a lot of you enjoyed the first video – the series continues… And now there’s a part 3: Future videos of the series will be … Continue reading Kinkshaming is Essential Feminist Praxis

Why I Support #FreeFromHijab

I support the movement behind #NoHijabDay where reformist and ex-Muslimahs are calling out the modesty x rape culture that underlies religious veiling. Being able to choose to be #FreeFromHijab is a right. Women’s and girls’ bodies are not dirty, sinful, or invitations for rape. For countless women in Muslim countries and communities, religious veiling is not a choice and it’s not just a piece of … Continue reading Why I Support #FreeFromHijab

Disproportionate and Unique Health Risks for Women in Prostitution

This blog post is available in video form. You’ve probably seen a lot of people write or say things like the quote above. It’s usually well-intentioned: we don’t want to other women in the sex trade, by suggesting that what they do for a living is “dirty” or “disgusting”. We don’t want a future potential employer to think that they’re interviewing someone who is physically … Continue reading Disproportionate and Unique Health Risks for Women in Prostitution

Who is killing whom, where, how and why in German prostitution?

Warning: Disturbing content! The state fully sanctioning the sex trade does not prevent lethal violence against people in it – it may even provide its own justifications for violence. So indicates the first-ever study into murders in the German sex trade written by Manuela Schon and Anna Hoheide, as well as my own assessment of 40 years of cases from the wiki project “Sex Industry … Continue reading Who is killing whom, where, how and why in German prostitution?

Consent Culture and Sex-Buying Cannot Co-Exist

This piece was in part inspired by Jonah Mix’s “Enthusiastic Consent and Prostitution are Incompatible.” Read it for a fuller picture. We could give as many lessons on sexual consent as we like but as long as it remained legal for anyone to go online or drive down a street and buy a woman and very often a girl, the confusion would remain.  Mia De … Continue reading Consent Culture and Sex-Buying Cannot Co-Exist

The Fight for the Nordic Model in Israel with Luba Fein

On Nov 1st, feminist activist Luba Fein joined me on my YouTube channel to discuss the abolitionist movement in Israel, the successes and ongoing struggels, various sex trade myths especially around female poverty and much more: Here are is a slightly abbreviated version of the interview, for those who prefer reading to listening: Elly Arrow: Israel is the most recent country to adopt the Nordic … Continue reading The Fight for the Nordic Model in Israel with Luba Fein

The myth of the safe and privileged “high class hooker”

This blogpost is available in audio form. I have a bone to pick both with the crowd that advocates for the normalization of prostitution – specifically the many casual supporters of a normalized sex trade, who like to trot out cases of women making four digit sums a night as proof that the sex industry is a safe, freely chosen and fantastic deal for women. … Continue reading The myth of the safe and privileged “high class hooker”

Final Thoughts on Prostitution Law Affecting Children

Law and the media create the environment in which children grow up and pimps and paying pedocriminals seek out targets. Permissive attitudes towards men buying access to and profiting off the prostitution of adults impacts on children despite attempts at differentiating the two in law. On this matter it is irrelevant whether a country legalizes prostitution and attempts regulating or whether it takes the laissez-faire … Continue reading Final Thoughts on Prostitution Law Affecting Children

What Does a “Harm Reduction” Approach Mean for Exploited Minors?

The NSWP brief contains reasonable suggestions and demands – such as the full decriminalization of young adults and children in prostitution, easier access to health care and a non-judgmental approach by law enforcement and support services. Nonetheless applying the “harm reduction approach” to child sexual exploitation leaves society and children with the impression that there isn’t necessarily something harmful about being sexually accessed by adult … Continue reading What Does a “Harm Reduction” Approach Mean for Exploited Minors?