Reason senior editor Elizabeth Nolan Brown has done extensive research and coverage on the topic of sex work and joins us in this episode to talk about it from a liberty-minded perspective.
She also takes the time to define sex work vs. sex trafficking and explains how authoritarians use the latter term to punish and harm people who engage in sex work without coercion. She also details how inaccurate studies have led to paranoia about child sex trafficking.
There’s conversation about how radical feminism colluded with social conservatives to blur the definitions between consensual prostitution and sex trafficking, how criminalization of sex work protects rapists & abusers, whether there’s such a thing as “safe” sex work, as well as the rise of webcamming and web galleries as a way for sex workers to avoid exploitation.
There’s talk about the recent Wayfair “scandal,” as well as the “happy ending” massage parlor phenomenon and how it has become the #1 way for law enforcement to make themselves look like they are effectively fighting trafficking.
You can’t miss this incredibly compelling episode of Proof Of Love!
About the Guest:
Elizabeth Nolan Brown is a senior editor at Reason, where she writes regularly on the intersections of sex, speech, tech, crime, politics, panic, and civil liberties, and president ofthe libertarian feminist group Feminists for Liberty. Her writing has also appeared in publications such as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, Buzzfeed, Playboy, Fox News, Politico, and Libertarianism.org. She lives in Washington, D.C.
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