Sex Workers Face Insecurity in a World Without Backpage

On 6 April, 2018, the classified advertising website Backpage was seized by US federal authorities. A notice from the agencies involved in a joint action against Backpage replaced the site’s homepage, linking visitors to the indictment against seven of Backpage’s staffers. They were charged with money laundering and violating the Travel Act by facilitating prostitution.Continue reading “Sex Workers Face Insecurity in a World Without Backpage”

The Belfast Rape Trial and Women’s Rights in Ireland

*TW: Rape, Sexual Assault Two Irish rugby players walk into a club. It sounds like the start of a joke, but it’s actually the basis of Northern Ireland’s most high-profile rape case that shook the island of Ireland to its core over the past nine weeks. The facts of the case are as follows: onContinue reading “The Belfast Rape Trial and Women’s Rights in Ireland”

Sexual Violence: A Crime Against Humanity

In 2013, the day after Faith organized an anti-rape protest in the south west Democratic Republic of Congo, government policemen came to her home, murdered her husband, beat her children, and raped her niece while forcing her to watch. They then took Faith to prison where she lost count of how many times she wasContinue reading “Sexual Violence: A Crime Against Humanity”

‘Last Night in Sweden’: Immigration, Crime, and Misrepresentation

At a rally-style event in Florida on February 18th, President Trump illustrated his anti-immigration stance by alluding to a number of terror attacks in Europe. Alongside mentions of attacks in Paris, Brussels, and Nice, Trump urged his supporters to “look at what’s happening last night in Sweden … they took in large numbers [of immigrants].Continue reading “‘Last Night in Sweden’: Immigration, Crime, and Misrepresentation”

Child Marriage in India: The Facts

While child marriage in India was officially outlawed in 1929 with the Child Marriage Restraint Act its enforcement and definition have been a constant source of political debate up to current times within the country. When India was under British Colonial rule the legal minimum age for marriage was fifteen for girls and eighteen forContinue reading “Child Marriage in India: The Facts”

Child Marriage… In New York?

The issue of child marriage is widely discussed in the context of far away countries, where discrimination against women is the norm and access to education is limited. Unsurprisingly, this issue disproportionately affects young girls. A staggering 15 million girls worldwide are married before the age of 18, and not just in developing countries. InContinue reading “Child Marriage… In New York?”

Human Trafficking and the Internet

In February 2017, Ashton Kutcher and his tech company Thorn went viral. Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children is an anti-trafficking organisation that focuses primarily on the use of the internet in facilitating the sexual trafficking of children. Kutcher addressed the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee to speak about ending modern day slavery, recounting theContinue reading “Human Trafficking and the Internet”

SinBowl 50: Sex Trafficking and the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl 50: a celebration of fifty years of the NFL’s largest and loudest sporting spectacle. Hosted in the San Francisco Bay Area in February 2016, the famous hub of commerce and innovation fell victim to a parasitic wave of crime that plagues the football game every year. Human trafficking, particularly of enslaved sexContinue reading “SinBowl 50: Sex Trafficking and the Super Bowl”

Peacekeeper Babies: Sexual Abuse by UN Peacekeepers in the Central African Republic

In UN circles, they are called ‘peacekeeper babies’. They are the infants inevitably born to local women after the UN has deployed troops to regions in turmoil, and the ages of these children map the dates and direction of operations in some of the most vulnerable parts of the world. In the Central African Republic,Continue reading “Peacekeeper Babies: Sexual Abuse by UN Peacekeepers in the Central African Republic”

Combating Systematic Rape: South Sudan’s Struggle for Peace

Female peace activists in South Sudan have proposed a nationwide sex strike to end the country’s civil war. The proposal emerged from a meeting of more than 90 women, several of which were members of parliament, in the capital city of Juba. A sex strike was just one of many proposed ideas, all aimed atContinue reading “Combating Systematic Rape: South Sudan’s Struggle for Peace”