By Steve Ahlquist on October 2, 2017
Well over 400 people converged on India Point Park for the March for Racial Justice (M4RJ). Sister marches were held across the country. In Providence, the “march” was actually more of a rally.
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By Steve Ahlquist on March 27, 2017
RISE UP! Rhode Island held a rally on Saturday to honor and celebrate Women’s History Month and the work of multiple human rights organizations in RI.
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By Steve Ahlquist on December 18, 2016
“It’s time to change the social perception that sex workers aren’t people who deserve to live and work with dignity in safe conditions,” said Robinson.
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By Bella Robinson on December 14, 2016
We’re holding this vigil to show that sex workers deserve to not only live and work with dignity and in safe conditions but that we also need equal protection under the law.
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By Steve Ahlquist on September 10, 2016
A march from Kennedy Plaza to the Providence Public Safety Complex, with a brief, tense stop in front of the Providence Place Mall was held in Providence Friday evening in solidarity with a National Prison Strike, on the 45th anniversary of the Attica Uprising. After gathering in Kennedy Plaza, across from Providence City Hall, the […]
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By Andrew Stewart on March 27, 2016
Prof. Joel Quirk of the Political Studies department at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa came to the Brown Center for Slavery and Justice to lecture on the problematic nature of the anti-sex worker “abolitionist” efforts and the fictitious nature of its alleged global solidarity.
By ACLU of RI on March 14, 2016
Conflating prostitution with trafficking does nothing to help the trafficking victims who remain ensnared while consenting adults are pursued and arrested.
By Bella Robinson on March 8, 2016
So far we have surveyed 43 New England Sex Workers. Some of the most interesting findings thus far are that 77 percent of respondents reported that they have never tried reporting a crime while working in the sex industry. For those who did try making a report to the police, 77 percent said the police did not take their report. 4 percent were arrested while trying to report a crime.
By Bella Robinson on March 6, 2016
I emailed DayOne at least a dozen times, providing them with research and policies that could be put in place to keep our youth out of the sex industry, reduce sex trafficking and reduce violence toward sex workers.
They did not respond to my emails.
By Andrew Stewart on March 2, 2016
For several months now, we have been reporting on the efforts of sex workers who are trying to assert their rights despite the efforts of self-described “abolitionists” who describe all consenting sexual activity in exchange for money as a form of human trafficking.
By Bella Robinson on January 27, 2016
“The main reason I want to see prostitution decriminalized is because it is the only harm reduction model proven to reduce violence and exploitation in the sex industry.”
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By Andrew Stewart on January 25, 2016
Dr. Alan Brown has worked with at-risk populations, including sex workers and HIV/AIDS patients. During the conversation, we discussed his thoughts on the rescue industry and sex trafficking awareness month.
By Steve Ahlquist on December 30, 2015
Invisible tells the individual stories of male hustlers in Providence, RI and the efforts of former sex worker Richard Holcomb to get services for this neglected population of men.
By Bella Robinson on December 28, 2015
Bella Robinson reviews “Invisible: The Unseen World of Male Prostitution,” a documentary film set in Providence and featuring Richard Holcomb, founder of Project Weber.