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  1. Ren
    Ren July 29, 2009 at 12:32 pm |

    Dacia- awesome post with all kinds of great information in it- thanks!

  2. RD
    RD July 29, 2009 at 1:09 pm |

    In NYC there’s a network of organizations that provide services to sex workers (defined loosely I guess, support and media are services) that SWOP-NYC, SWANK (Sex Workers Action New York), $pread Magazine, and the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center are all part of called the PROS network. Some of the other organizations involved are Citiwide Harm Reduction in the South Bronx, Lower East Side Harm Reduction, Washington Heights Corner Project, FROST’D, Safe Space NYC, Streetworks, and Positive Health Project. The PROS network believes in and works from a harm reduction and social justice framework.

  3. RD
    RD July 29, 2009 at 1:14 pm |

    I would add that I think it is a real stretch to call anything that is ever court-mandated a support organization, and, although I’m not trying to turn this thread into yet another argument about GEMS, from everything I’ve heard there are other reasons to disagree with its inclusion here at all.

  4. RD
    RD July 29, 2009 at 1:15 pm |

    (would add to my comment that is still in moderation!)

  5. Patti Binder
    Patti Binder July 29, 2009 at 9:31 pm |

    a clarification about GEMS. Not all girls who go to GEMS are court mandated. When girls receive a mandate through the Criminal Court system, its presented as an opportunity to receive services and support, recognizing that they are a victim of trafficking.

  6. Bebop
    Bebop July 29, 2009 at 10:44 pm |

    Thanks so much for this post and the video. It’s nice to feel supported!

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  8. Luke Wilcox
    Luke Wilcox July 30, 2009 at 8:55 am |

    Thanks for the post! I work for The Advocates for Human Rights, a nonprofit based in Minneapolis, MN. In 2008 we published the report Sex Trafficking Needs Assessment for the State of Minnesota ( Our StopVAW website ( provides resources on fighting violence against women.

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  10. sirte
    sirte August 2, 2009 at 1:11 pm |

    another really important important group that i don’t see mentioned here is Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS), a harm reduction project in DC.

  11. Philosimphy
    Philosimphy August 2, 2009 at 5:04 pm |

    This is a general comment about the sex work industry. I was a sex worker for about 3 years, by choice, and have done considerable thinking about the issue. I actually have myself on tape at 18 professing that I could never be the sort to have sex for money. I’d forgotten that tape existed, and came across it when I was about a year in sex work. I blew my own mind as I heard what I had said.

    But, the real point of this comment is to, perhaps, try to coin a bit of terminology when it comes to sex work – the phrase is “Sex for Tangibles”.

    Sex in exchange for intangibles (such as love) is generally accepted. Sex for tangibles – whether it is a “Sugar-Daddy” situation, or more blatant (maybe not the best word) prostitution, the underlying principle is the same, that Sex for Tangibles is considered bad. But why is it considered “bad” is of course the real question, certianly we have our suspects, religion, patriarchy, so on and so forth…

    Keep up the excellent work! :)

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  13. rapecentric
    rapecentric August 2, 2009 at 9:28 pm |

    just wanted to let you know i linked you… great post and super informative…

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