Ashley Alexandra Durpre’s Birthday in Page Six

Ms. Dupre celebrated her 23rd birthday at Marquee in Manhattan earlier this month, and Page Six was all over the story.

‘Kristen’ Steps Out at Hot Club

Amanda Brooks on the O’Reilly Factor

Our very own Amanda Brooks, brave soul that she is, was on the O’Reilly Factor last week.

Fox News posted this announcement: Former Prostitute Publishes Internet Escort’s Handbook for Aspiring Call Girls.

Callie Simms posted a brilliant article about the show here.

Who’s Trafficked?

Another great article from Melissa Hope Ditmore Ph.D., a researcher we can really stand behind! Melissa edited The Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work.

Who’s Trafficked?
Melissa Ditmore on May 19, 2008 – 8:00am

It is already sadly evident that the U.S. government’s anti-trafficking program has devolved into a global campaign against sex work and is not working to halt trafficking. In a 2006 report critical of the program, the Government Accountability Office found that “the U.S. government has not developed a coordinated strategy to combat trafficking in persons abroad…or evaluated its programs to determine whether projects are achieving the desired outcomes.”

Now comes a plan to further ratify this failure. The Trafficking Victims’ Protection Reauthorization Act addresses the crime of trafficking in persons, which is recognized in U.S law as cases that involve force, fraud or coercion, which includes threats, intimidation, and psychological abuse. The law offers protection to workers who are most vulnerable to abuse — immigrants, people in forced labor, and minors who exchange sex for cash or goods. The bill currently before Congress, however, would expand the definition of “sex trafficking” to include cases in which no elements of force, fraud or coercion were involved.

Specifically, the House version of the TVPRA would expand U.S. laws against prostitution by re-defining most prostitution-related activities, regardless of consent, as trafficking. Human trafficking is a complex issue, but there is widespread agreement about its key distinguishing features, namely the use of force, fraud or coercion. HR 3887 throws out these cornerstones and threatens to re-define all prostitution, arguably even all sex work, as trafficking. And it would require the involvement of federal law enforcement through a broad new provision that covers actions “affecting” interstate commerce (rather than actual activities that involve the crossing of state lines, the standard trigger for bringing in the feds). Therefore, most prostitution-related activities defined as sex trafficking would fall under federal law even if no interstate commerce was involved.

Thank You, Iris de la Cruz!

Here is a New York Times article about Iris House, named for PONY co-founder Iris
de la Cruz.


http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/18/nyregion/18divas.html?ref=nyregion

Iris House, named for Iris de la Cruz, who died of AIDS in 1991 after
working as an advocate for women with the disease, opened 15 years
ago as one of the first women-centered AIDS groups in the nation.
Financed by foundations and individuals, the organization distributes
100,000 condoms a month on neighborhood streets and provides
counseling and cooking classes to people with H.I.V. and AIDS.

New York City: Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Tracy Quan is co-hosting the following event with the Drug Policy Alliance in New York and it looks like fun.

Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

http://www.drugpolicy.org/absinthe/

The Drug Policy Alliance is throwing a cocktail bash and networking opportunity for students, young professionals, human rights activists and other movers-and-shakers on May 22, 2008 at an exclusive gallery space in SoHo. The theme is inspired by the one-year anniversary of the re-legalization of absinthe in the U.S. I hope the event will encourage people to think about the variable relationship between drugs, society and the law — and art.

Thursday the 22nd of May

six o’clock until eight o’clock

DJ Varick (Home, Guest House, Pink Elephant, Marquee)

light appetizers and open bar

21 and over only; proper ID required

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151 Wooster Street

between Houston & Prince

B, D, F, V to Broadway/Lafayette or R, W to Prince

GET MORE INFORMATION and RSVP at
http://www.drugpolicy.org/absinthe/

This is an opportunity for plugged-in professionals to meet the people working to end the drug war. You’ll find like-minded New Yorkers at this event and learn how to come together to promote new drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights.

If you’re with PONY, SWANK, Desiree Alliance or the $pread collective, come fly the flag! Our persecution is often linked with the drug war.

You’ll also get to try absinthe (if you haven’t already). And see Flash, Cash and Trash, an exhibition by contemporary young artists on the sex, drugs and rock n roll of the 1990s.

Sincerely,

Tracy
http://www.tracyquan.net