Our Voices Matter


Services for Women and Youth Escaping Prostitution
Resources on Harms of Prostitution and Trafficking
Resources on Harms of Pornography
Suggested Readings

Services for Women and Youth Escaping Prostitution

For an extensive and udpated list of direct services and support for women and youth wanting to exit prostitution, please go the Prostitution Research and Education (PRE) website. Groups and services are organized by country and state.

Groups and organizations working with survivors can provide numerous support and services. Please contact each organization to find out what they offer. Services and support may consist of: support groups as well as individual and group counseling; shelter, residential programs and day-treatment programs; education, advocacy and case management; GED preparation and job training; legal and housing services; clothing Assistance; life skills and self-esteem groups; massage and acupuncture ... and much more.

Back to top

Resources on Harms of Prostitution and Trafficking

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)
3047 N. Lincoln Avenue, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60657
Committed to building a global community free from the demand for commercial sexual exploitation. They feel that the sex trade industry is inherently harmful to a healthy society and undermines the dignity of all people.

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women is a feminist human rights nongovernmental organization that works internationally to oppose all forms of sexual exploitation.
Mission: To promote a world in which women's rights are human rights, where prostitution and sex trafficking do not exist; where women are free and equal in dignity and rights; where no woman is sexually exploited; that recognizes and values the great genius of women in the development of civilization and cultures; where women have sexual integrity and autonomy.

Factbook on Global Sexual Exploitation
Compiled from media, non-governmental organization and government reports. It is an initial effort to collect facts, statistics and known cases on global sexual exploitation. Information is organized into four categories: Trafficking, Prostitution, Pornography, and Organized and Institutionalized Sexual Exploitation and Violence.

A Philippine-US women's solidarity mass organization. GABNet provides the means by which Filipinas in the US can empower themselves, functions as training ground for women's leadership, and articulates the women's point of view. GABNet effects change through organizing, educating, fundraising, networking, and advocacy.

My Dangerous Loverboy
My Dangerous Loverboy is a film, music, and creative online campaign to fight against the internal sex trafficking of young girls into the sex trade. Find them online at Facebook by clicking here and at Twitter by clicking here.

Polaris Project
Email: info@polarisproject.org
Phone: 202-745-1001
Polaris Project is a multicultural grassroots organization combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Based in the United States and Japan, their passionate staff combine street-level experience and technical expertise, working everyday from morning to past midnight to provide victim services, conduct advocacy, and build the anti-trafficking movement.

Prostitution Research and Education (PRE)
Conducts research on prostitution, pornography and trafficking, and offers education and consultation to researchers, survivors, the public and policymakers. PREís goal is to abolish the institution of prostitution while at the same time advocating for alternatives to trafficking and prostitution - including emotional and physical healthcare for women in prostitution. The roots of prostitution are in menís assumptions that they are entitled to buy women for sex, and in racism, and womenís poverty.

Surviving Prostitution and Addiction blog

Back to top

Resources on Harms of Pornography

Against Pornography
Against Pornography is a feminist anti-pornography website which aims at raising the awareness about the harms of pornography (as well as of prostitution) to women and children -- both inside and outside of the industry -- and, also, the harms of pornography to its users, to relationships and to the society in general. The goals of the website are also to create a venue for people to speak of the harms of pornography, to encourage them to take action against pornography, and to educate them on the dangers of it.

Anti-Porn Activist Network

Anti-Porn Resource Center

Desi's Desires
How do you go on after working in the porn industry? How do you live with what you've been through? Here is a survivor's story of how she got back to the Real World. Read what you can do to get help for yourself by checking out this site and reading her two blogs.

Website resource that provides information on prostitution, pornography, trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Hustling the Left

No Porn Northampton
Website with 500+ articles on a variety of topics related to the impact of pornography on people and communities.

Petition to Close Down Free Porn Sites

Stop Porn Culture
StopPornCulture! is dedicated to challenging the pornography industry and an increasingly pornographic pop culture. Their work toward ending industries of sexual exploitation is grounded in a feminist analysis of sexist, racist, and economic oppression. They affirm sexuality that is rooted in equality and free of exploitation, coercion, and violence.

Back to top

Suggested Readings

Big Porn Inc.: Exposing the Harms of the Global Pornography Industry (2011) edited by Melinda Tankard Reist and Abigail Bray; Spinifex Press.

To Plead Our Own Cause: Personal Stories by Todayís Slaves (2008) by Kevin Bales and Zoe Trodd; Cornell University Press.

The Prostitution of Sexuality (1995) by Kathleen Barry; New York University Press.

Transforming a Rape Culture, Revised Edition (2005) edited by Emilie Buchwald, Pamela R. Fletcher and Martha Roth; Milkweed Editions.

Pornography: Men Possessing Women (1981) by Andrea Dworkin; E P Dutton, or Women's Press Ltd.

Prostitution, Trafficking, and Traumatic Stress (2003) edited by Melissa Farley; Haworth Maltreatment & Trauma Press.

Pornography: Driving the Demand in International Sex Trafficking (2007) edited by David E. Guinn and Julie DiCaro; Captive Daughters Media.

Pornography: Women, Violence and Civil Liberties (1993) edited by Catherine Itzin; Oxford University Press.

The Idea of Prostitution (1997) by Sheila Jeffreys; Spinifex Press.

Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity (2007) by Robert Jensen; South End Press.

The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help (2006) by Jackson Katz; Source Books.

The Price We Pay: The Case Against Racist Speech, Hate Propaganda, and Pornography (1995) edited by Laura Lederer and Richard Delgado; New York: Hill & Wang.

Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture (2005) by Ariel Levy; Free Press.

In Harm's Way: The Pornography Civil Rights Hearings (1997) edited by Catharine A. MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin; Harvard University Press.

Pornified: How Pornography is Damaging our Lives, our Relationships and our Families (2005) by Pamela Paul; Owl Books.

Against Pornography: The Evidence of Harm (1993) by Diana E.H. Russell; Russell Publications.

Making Violence Sexy: Feminist Views on Pornography (1993) edited by Diana E. H. Russell; Athene series, Teachers College Press.

Not for Sale: Feminists Resisting Prostitution and Pornography (2004) edited by Christine Stark and Rebecca Whisnant; Spinifex.

Back to top