Worth Reading On... Prostitution

new internationalist
issue 252 - February 1994

Worth reading on... PROSTITUTION

A Vindication of the Rights of Whores, edited by Gail Pheterson (Seal Press 1989). An anthology from the International Movement for Prostitutes’ Rights which gives an overview of 15 years of activism by prostitutes themselves. Some of the detail on the conferences is a bit tedious, but it does give an insight into the problems that face prostitutes in coming together. Includes the proceedings and results of the two Whores’ Congresses.

Female Sexual Slavery, by Kathleen Barry (New York University Press 1984). The book which started the debate on ‘forced’ prostitution. It is a well-researched academic treatise, covering all the sexual aspects of women’s lives. Some of the material is harrowing.

Good Girls, Bad Girls: sex trade workers and feminists face-to-face, edited by Laurie Bell (The Women’s Press 1987). A book which grew out of a meeting between feminists and prostitutes. Using articles and interviews, it gives and honest and sometimes painful analysis of the issues that divide the two factions.

Let the Good Times Roll: prostitution and the US military in Asia, by Sandra Pollock Sturdevant and Brenda Stoltzfus (CIIR/The New Press 1993). This book combines an excellent analysis of prostitution on US bases in the Philippines with a series of long and fascinating interviews with prostitutes about their lives, their families, their hopes and their fears.

On the Fringes of the Sex Industry: child workers in hotels, catering and tourism. (working title) A report by Maggie Black (International Labour Organization 1994). Setting child prostitution in the context of child labour, this report presents a detailed expansion of the challenging arguments set out in this magazine.

Whores in History by NICKIE ROBERTS Prostitution: what’s love got to do with it? by Allegra Taylor (Macdonald Optima 1991). A first-person tour of the sex industry in the UK by someone who is not a prostitute. A readable, sympathetic and witty introduction to the subject.

Sex Work: writings by women in the sex industry, edited by Frédérique Delacoste and Priscilla Alexander (Virago 1988). An anthology of articles, poems and stories which gives an excellent overview of what women in the pro-prostitution camp are thinking.

Whores in History by Nickie Roberts (Harper-Collins 1992). A large book which starts from the prostitute’s point of view. It traces the history of prostitution, and the stigma against it, from earliest times to the present day. Well-researched and packed with fascinating quotes from a variety of sources, it is difficult to put down.

Prostitutes’ Organizations :

NZPC (New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective),
PO Box 11-412, Mannera Street, Wellington.
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.nzpc.org.nz/


Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP)
Provides information and support for all workers in the sex industry; female, male or transgender, in New South Wales, Australia.
PO Box 1453, Surry Hills, NSW 1300
Ph: 61 2 9319 4866
1800 622 902
Fax: 61 2 9310 4262
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.swop.org.au

Magenta and SWOPWA
Magenta and SWOPWA are services provided by FPWA to support and promote the health and safety of people involved in the sex industry.
PO Box 8054 , Perth Business Centre, WA 6849
Ph: 9328 1387
Fax: 9227 9606
Email: Magenta: [email protected] and SWOPWA: [email protected]
Web: http://www.fpwa.org.au/magenta.htm

Peer education and support to sex workers and their clients, ACT, Australia.
PO Box 67, Braddon, ACT 2601
Ph: 61 2 6247 3443
Fax: 61 2 6247 3446
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.bayswan.org/wise.html

Pegação, Rua Visconde de Pirajá.
127/201, 22410-001 Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro.
Ph: 552 (1) 273 7991
Fax: 552 (1) 286 2657 Attn: Euridice Francisco

CORP (Canadian Organization for the Rights of Prostitutes),
PO Box 1143, Station F, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2T8.

CSI (Commercial Sex Information Service)
Box 3075, Vancouver, BC V6B 3X6
Ph: 1 (604) 488 0710
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.walnet.org/csis/

SWAT (Sex Workers Alliance of Toronto)
Box 1143 Stn F, Toronto, ON M4Y 2T8 Cnaada
Ph: 416-360-8461
Email: [email protected]
Web: walnet.org/csis/groups/swat/index.html

ECPAT (End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism),
International Secretariat. Also has national groups in Western countries.
328 Phaya Thai Road, Bangkok, 10400
Ph: 66 2 215 3388
Fax: 66 2 215 8272
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.ecpat.net

Supports women in the sex industry.
57/60 Tivanond Road, Nontburi 11000, Thailand
Ph: 02-526-8311 or 02-968-8021 or 02-968-8022
Fax: 02-526-3294
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.empowerfoundation.org/

ICPR (International Committee on Prostitutes’ Rights),
Postbus 725, 1000 AS Amsterdam.

Prostitution Information Centre (PIC)
Enge Kerksteeg 3 , 1012 GV Amsterdam
Ph: (020) 420 73 28
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.pic-amsterdam.com/

De Graaf Stichting Instituut voor Prostitutie Vraagstukken (aka Dutch Institute for Prostitution)
A comprehensive documentation centre.
4 Westermarkt, 1016 DK Amsterdam, Netherlands, tel
Ph: 31 (20) 624 7149 or 31 (20) 620 2593
Fax: 31 (20) 624 6529

Works with prostitutes in Senegal.
BP 3370, Dakar
Tel.: (221) 823 45 42
Fax : (221) 822 26 95
Email: [email protected]


ECP (English Collective of Prostitutes),
Crossroads Women's Centre, 230a Kentish Town Road , NW5 2AB
Postal: PO Box 287, London NW6 5QU.
Ph: 020 7482 2496 Minicom: 020-7482-2496
Fax: 020 7209 4761
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.prostitutescollective.net

COYOTE (San Franciso)
2269 Chestnut Street, #452, San Francisco, California 94123
Ph: (415) 435-7950
Email: [email protected]

1626 N. Wilcox Ave, #580, Hollywood, CA 90028 USA
Ph: (818) 892 2029 or 892 8109.
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.coyotela.org/coyotela.html


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