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Today, a coalition of organizations committed to sex workers’ rights denounced an ongoing statewide media campaign by the Arizona Governor’s Office promoting a dangerous, disproven myth: that the Super Bowl serves as a magnet for sex trafficking and prostitution. In…

Monica Jones

At the first glimpse of anti-sex work researcher Dominique Roe-Sepowitz on screen, a round of boos erupted from the audience at Tucson’s Screening Room on Friday, where they were watching a preview of director PJ Starr‘s upcoming documentary, Manifesting Monica…

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A recent article in Forbes by the magazine’s associate editor, Thomas Brewster, accuses the popular money-transfer giant Cash App of being the “payment tool of choice” for sex trafficking and child sexual abuse material (CSAM), aka, child pornography. However, Brewster’s…

Like the proverbial resident of a mental hospital who claims to be Napoleon, former California prosecutor Maggy Krell crafts a grotesquely self-congratulatory alternate reality in her new book, Taking Down Backpage: Fighting the World’s Largest Sex Trafficker, wherein Krell self-identifies…

In an apparent act of unintentional irony, just three days before International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a statement announcing the conclusion of its investigation into…

Undeterred by the mistrial they caused Sept. 14, federal prosecutors are revisiting the deceitful tactics that interrupted their first stab at falsely convicting veteran newspapermen Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin for their former ownership of the classified-listings giant, Backpage.com. In…

massage parlor

Drawing outrage from sex workers and sex worker-rights advocates, the Arizona Republic recently painted a bullseye on Asian-staffed-and-owned massage parlors, with an article asking for tips from the public about sex trafficking allegedly occurring in such businesses. “Do you know…

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Your taxes at work: Kamala Harris’s fave cop, California DOJ agent Brian Fichtner, spent around two days last week in the Lacey/Larkin trial reading saucy language and eyeballing naked and semi-naked ladies who allegedly once appeared in the Sacramento escorts…

Backpage

During a June 7 status conference in Phoenix’s federal court in the Lacey/Larkin case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Rapp, the lead attorney for the government, made an assertion nearly as absurd as the poofy, Liberace-style hairdo that he regularly sports….