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October 12, 2021
joy as an act of resistance

Joy as an act of resistance

Activist and author Brenda Myers-Powell, the co-founder of Dreamcatcher Foundation and a longstanding World Without Exploitation (WorldWE) ally, has a new memoir out. We can’t wait to celebrate it! "Leaving Breezy Street," a powerful account of Brenda’s life in and journey out of the sex trade, has been praised by Peabody Award-winning journalist Alex Kotlowitz as “Remarkable…Myers-Powell emerges on the other side not only intact but as an inspiration," and hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as a “page turner from start to finish.”

September 30, 2021
Injustice in the criminal justice system?

Injustice in the criminal justice system?

What does true justice look like? And how do we get to a place where it is realized for victims of sexual exploitation?

September 2, 2021
Is this what legalization would look like?

How would decriminalization of the sex trade impact your community?

A recent New York Post investigation into a Brooklyn neighborhood that has effectively become a weekend, open-air sex market has taken the guesswork out of what decriminalization or legalization of the sex trade might look like in other neighborhoods. What we’re learning from this real-world case study is telling – and troubling.

July 26, 2021
Fourth annual youth summit

Fourth youth summit: Watch the recordings.

Thank you to the hundreds of youth who joined us for the 4th Annual World Without Exploitation Youth Summit. The two-day event was an incredible success! We had speakers join us from across the country to host educational panels and interactive workshops that inspired and activated the new generation of activists.

May 24, 2021
Twice the impact

Twice the impact.

A powerful movement to decriminalize pimping, brothels and sex buying is gaining momentum across the country. From California to New York, from Louisiana to Maine, World Without Exploitation and our partners are working around the clock to block this harmful effort and provide a survivor-led alternative, the Equal Not Exploited Campaign. WorldWE and its allies have a plan, the people, and the commitment to make this happen. Now we need your help.

May 5, 2021
OnlyFans and exploitation

OnlyFans is the new face of online exploitation. Let's talk about it.

During the pandemic era, the content subscription platform OnlyFans - the subscription-based adult-entertainment site – has boomed. Revenue at the UK-based company rose by 553% in the year 2020, and users spent $2.36 billion on the site, a seven-fold increase from previous years. OnlyFans is marketed as a site where individual content creators are provided a platform to access quick funds and monetize imagery that would be deemed inappropriate for Instagram and other mainstream platforms. But there is another, darker side to the OnlyFans story. 

April 13, 2021
Three actions this week

Help reverse full decriminalization of the sex trade in Michigan.

Join local survivors and anti-human trafficking advocates/allies in a virtual Town Hall co-hosted by World Without Exploitation and the Michiganders for the Equality Model coalition as we discuss the harms of the recently passed full decriminalization policy in Washtenaw County, Michigan, home to University of Michigan Ann Arbor and other major colleges and universities. 

April 1, 2021
Extractive industries and trafficking of Native women

Extractive industries and sex trafficking of native women

It’s never acceptable to put profits over people. Yet the actions of extractive industries – businesses and corporations that remove non-renewable raw materials such as oil, gas, metals, and minerals from the earth – have been implicated in a range of human rights violations. Because these businesses operate in rural areas with minimal infrastructure and limited rule of law, the mining boom towns that spring up around them are vulnerable to a range of crimes - including exploitation and trafficking. 

March 22, 2021
anti asian misogyny and racism

Addressing anti-Asian misogyny, racism and exploitation has never been more urgent. But how?

The brutal murders of eight people in Atlanta this past week – among them six Asian American women - highlight the deeply entrenched white supremacy and violence that permeates so much of American culture. But these tragic events also highlight the intersection of racism, misogyny and the extreme vulnerability of women of color - particularly Asian and Pacific Islander women – who are employed by massage businesses.

February 25, 2021
Prostitution is a public health issue

Prostitution is a public health issue.

Glamorized images of the sex trade abound in today’s media. As a result, many in the public, including far too many health care providers, have no conception of how inherently damaging it is to be bought, sold or exploited. The ugly truth about the sex trade is that the physical, mental and emotional harm done to prostituted persons can be long-lasting and severe. These are harms that cannot be regulated away: peer-reviewed research shows that a legal or decriminalized sex trade is still deeply damaging to those who are in it.