(Nederlands) Knack: Regering wil sekswerk decriminaliseren: ‘Hier hebben we 30 jaar voor gestreden’

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(Nederlands) Nieuwsblad: “Onze job is als autorijden, dat verleer je niet”: sekswerkers na bijna acht maanden terug aan het werk

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(Nederlands) Opsporing verzocht: Portugese songfestivalact op zoek naar oude prostituee uit Amsterdam

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(Nederlands) Het Nieuwsblad: Ex-prostituee Sigrid Schellen wordt relatietherapeute: “Maar ex-klanten ga ik niet opvangen in de praktijk”

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(Nederlands) De Standaard: Sekswerkers zijn niet illegaal, maar krijgen toch geen lening

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VRT NWS: Sekswerkers blij dat hun job legaal kan worden: “Tranen in de ogen” en “Een welgemeende dankjewel”

De sekswerkers zijn blij dat hun job eindelijk legaal kan worden, zoals Justitieminister Vincent Van Quickenborne (Open VLD) gisteren aankondigde. “Ik dacht eerst dat het om een foute aprilgrap ging”, vertelt Véronique, een Gentse sekswerker op Radio 2 Oost-Vlaanderen. Het is naast een symbolische overwinning ook een goede zaak voor de veiligheid van sekswerkers: “Goed nieuws om de criminaliteit uit de sector te halen.”

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New York Times: In Empty Amsterdam, Reconsidering Tourism

Before Covid-19, the city was packed with visitors. Now efforts to rein in the expected post-pandemic crowds are ramping up, but not without controversy.

When international travel came to a halt last year, Amsterdam — like cities everywhere — was drained of tourists almost overnight. The effect, according to Sonia Philipse, the owner of the restaurant Lavinia Good Food, was both surreal and serene: Without the crowds, her city was quieter and more beautiful than she had ever seen it.

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Queerty: Drag Race’s Rock M. Sakura reveals sex work past in wake of Atlanta killings

Rock M. Sakura, a contestant on season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, has taken to Twitter to talk about being a former sex worker.

Sakura, who is based in San Francisco, came 12th in last year’s show (eventually won by Jaida Essence Hall). Sakura’s distinctive look is partly inspired by her love of anime and J-pop

Sakura, who is Asian-American, said she wanted to stop carrying around what had become a heavy secret. She was also moved to speak out following the mass shooting in Atlanta on Tuesday which resulted in the death of eight people.

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The Local: Why French people may need to buy a ‘porn pass’ at the tabac to access online pornography

Following a ruling from the French broadcasting authority that online porn sites must do more to verify the age of their customers, users in France face a range of extra checks, including the possibility of having to go to the tabac to buy a ‘porn pass’.

The French broadcasting authority CSA has ruled that current age verification checks – which generally amount to little more than checking a box – are inadequate and has put eight porn sites on notice that they must do more or face being blocked in France.

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VRT NWS: Gentse sekswerkers willen duidelijkheid over voortbestaan

De Gentse sekssector vraagt duidelijkheid over de heropening én over het statuut van de sekswerkers. “Het overlegcomité vermeldt ons niet eens, alsof we niet bestaan. Voor veel meisjes is dit een gitzwarte periode”, klinkt het.

Het water staat veel Gentse sekswerkers aan de lippen. Het ‘oudste beroep ter wereld’, over heel het land goed voor meer dan 1 miljard euro omzet per jaar, zit in een legale schemerzone. Sekswerk is in ons land niet strafbaar, de economische uitbating ervan wel. In Gent wordt raamprostitutie gedoogd op bepaalde plekken, zoals in ‘het Glazen Straatje’ aan de Zuidbuurt en langs de Kortrijksesteenweg. Gedwongen prostitutie en tippelen zijn strafbaar.

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VICE: OnlyFans ‘Suspicious Activity Reports’ Mostly Show that Banks Hate Sex Work

Panic spread among sex workers on social media earlier this week when word of an imminent story about OnlyFans and MyFreeCams owner Leo Radvinsky’s finances started circulating on Twitter.

Many were worried that the story would cause two of the few internet platforms where sex workers can earn money with relative safety fall to the same fate as Pornhub, which has been blocked by VISA and Mastercard since late last year after a New York Times story claimed it hosts child sexual abuse material.

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Metro: Can making sex work legal really stop women from being trafficked?

When Nadia arrived in the UK three days after she’d left her home in Eastern Europe, she thought she was coming to work as a nanny. It was a big move for the 18-year-old, who had made the traumatic decision to leave her baby behind. But for Nadia it was the only option. Having already managed to escape horrendous sexual abuse at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend, she’d ended up living in poverty. She truly believed that getting a job in the UK was the only way she could make a better life for her and her son. However, like countless victims of sex trafficking before her, as Nadia stepped out of the car and into the house that she would call her new home in England, she soon discovered there was no nannying job.

Lees hier het artikel op de website van Metro.co.uk.

Daily Maverick: OnlyFans and changing sex work stereotypes

X-rated content creators use online subscription-based platform OnlyFans to earn money and reclaim the industry as a more empowering space.

In 2020, the internet lambasted international pop sensation Dua Lipa for tucking money into a dancer’s underwear at American singer and rapper Lizzo’s Grammy after-party at the Crazy Girls strip club in Los Angeles, labelling her (and the “act”) anti-feminist and saying it was “exploiting women”.

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VICE: Gentrification Is Turning London’s Soho Into a Gimmicky, Sex Work-Themed Theme Park

As Soho’s sex workers are pushed out, “brothel chic” is selling people a sanitized, fake version of the sleazy image they created.

On D’Arblay Street in Soho there’s a basement which was once a “hostess bar.” I used to work there. It was a clip joint where we’d lure men into buying ludicrously-priced champagne that we poured onto the floor or into plant pots. Most of the girls were hookers, though not officially. I walked down there recently and it appears to be an accountant’s office now. These places have disappeared, and rightly so—we ripped men off and watched bouncers threaten them if they complained. Soho has already been cleaned up. The sex workers who remain are operating legitimately, selling a legal service.

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