Posts tagged "prostitution"

Advocates hope prostitution laws will shift focus away from sex workers

Advocates hope prostitution laws will shift focus away from sex workers
Sex workers, and not their pimps or johns, continue to bear the disproportionate brunt of policing efforts against prostitution, but there is hope a legislative change is on the way. Illinois is one of just nine states in which second prostitution offenses can be upgraded to a felony charge. While pimps and traffickers are technically... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Pictures behind Chicago's violence problem, SRO sale fallout and reviewing sex-trade legislation

What's Up This Week: Pictures behind Chicago's violence problem, SRO sale fallout and reviewing sex-trade legislation
#2young2die. Every day this week we’ll be showcasing a photograph from our Too Young to Die series by photojournalist Carlos Javier Ortiz. Look out for them on our Facebook page. Front Lines. It’s women on the front lines of the sex trade who bear the brunt of harsh policing against prostitution. One of our blogs... Read more »

Man who forced immigrants into prostitution sentenced to life in prison

Man who forced immigrants into prostitution sentenced to life in prison
Their nightmare dragged on for more than two years. The undocumented women from Eastern Europe were brought to the Chicago area where they were later beaten, branded and forced into prostitution. The man responsible for the scheme, Alex Campbell, was sentenced Monday to life without parole in a federal prison and to pay $124,000 in... Read more »
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Johns get fines, sex workers get felonies

Johns get fines, sex workers get felonies
A few weeks ago, I got a press release from the Cook County Sheriff’s office about their Columbus Day crackdown on ‘Johns’ - men who buy sex. They arrested 94 men that day, part of an effort to end demand for prostitution. The  men got citations, weapons charges, possession charges and even arrest warrants. None... Read more »