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Not For Sale: Feminists Resisting Prostitution and Pornography

Christine Stark, Rebecca Whisnant, eds. (2004), Spinifex Press.

Prostitution, Trafficking, and Traumatic Stress

Melissa Farley, ed. (1998), Haworth Press.

The Natasha's: Inside the Global Sex Trade

Victor Malarek (2004), Arcade Publishing.

Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity

Robert Jensen (2007), South End Press.

The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It

Victor Malarek (2009), Key Porter Books.

Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking

Benjamin Perrin (2010), Viking Canada.

Selling Olga: Stories of Human Trafficking and Resistance

Louisa Waugh (2006), McArthur and Company.

Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality

Gail Dines (2010), Beacon Press.

Girls Like Us

Rachel Lloyd (2011), Harper Collins.

The Industrial Vagina: The Political Economy of the Global Sex Trade

Sheila Jeffries (2008), Routledge.

Prostitution and Trafficking in Nevada: Making the Connections

Melissa Farley (2007), Prostitution Research and Education.

Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution.

Rachel Moran (2013), Gill and Macmillan.

Not a Choice, Not a Job: Exposing the Myths About Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade

Janice Raymond (2013), Potomac Books Inc.

Articles and Research

10 Reasons Not to Legalize Prostitution

By Janice G. Raymond. Coalition Against Trafficking in Women International (CATW) (March 25, 2003)

The Links Between Prostitution and Sex Trafficking: A Briefing Handbook

Monica O'Conner and Grainne Healy, authors. Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) and the European Women's Lobby (EWL).

The Prostituted Women's and Girl's "Job Description"

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Abolishing Prostitution Through Economic and Political Security for Women

by Lee Lakeman for the book "Public Policy for Women: The State, Income Security and Labor Market Issues

Targeting The Sex Buyers

Excellent study by The Swedish Institute explaining their experience with the Nordic Model

Men Who Buy Sex and What They Know

A research study of 103 men who describe their use of trafficked and non-trafficked women in prostitution, and their awareness of coercion and violence.

Prostitution: Violating the Human Rights of Poor Women

Shelagh Day explores the question: Is prostitution consistent with the human rights of women?

"It's Just LIke Going to the Supermarket"

A report from London on men who buy sex that includes findings, an exploration of the wider context, and men's attitudes.

A Thorn In My Heart: Cambodian Men Who Buy Sex

New study on Cambodian men who buy women showing similar findings with studies done in other countries

Oldest Oppression or Oldest Profession?: Addressing Prostitution after the Supreme Court of Canada Decision in Canada v. Bedford

Benjamin Perrin provides a legal analysis of prostitution after the Canada v. Bedford decision

Aboriginal Women's Action Network Address to the People's Tribunal on Commercial Sexual Exploitation, Mohawk Territories, Montreal, Quebec

Aboriginal women give their analysis of the sex industry

Trafficking and Prostitution (Films)

“The Day My God Died” (2004)

Tells the story of young girls whose lives are destroyed when they are sold and trafficked from Nepal into the child sex trade in India. Director: Andrew Levine. Available from: Vancouver Public Library.

“Born Into Brothels” (2004)

Documentary about children living in brothels in the red light district of Sonagachi, Calcutta, India. Director: Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman, Available in most video stores.

“Say I Do” (2002)

Chronicles the stories of three mail-order brides from the Philippines now living in Canada. In order to escape lives of poverty and support their families, these women married men they didn’t know. Upon arriving in Canada, they found themselves isolated in the remote regions of a country. Director: Arlene Ami

"Not For Sale" (2006)

This compelling film features five survivors of prostitution and others discussing prostitution as violence against women, the links between trafficking and prostitution, and the male demand for prostitution that promotes trafficking. Director: Marie Vermeiren

"Lilya 4-Ever" (2002)

A teenager in the former Soviet Union is abandoned by her family and is entrapped in sex trafficking in this frank drama from Sweden. Director: Lucas Moodysson. Available: Online Stores

"Five Daughters" (2010)

A BBC miniseries that tells the stories of five prostituted women living in Ipswich in the winter of 2006.

"Buying Sex" (2013)

Timely and wise, this film explores the state of prostitution law in Canada by featuring the voices of formerly prostituted women, sex industry women, lawyers and policy-makers. It also examines the realities of two different legal regimes around prostitution in Sweden and New Zealand.

The Fallacy (L'Imposture) (2011)

The reality of sex work is hard, ugly, and often deadly. Director Ève Lamont pulls no punches in her film about the women who are actively trying to leave the sex trade.

Red Light Green Light (2013)

As nations around the globe attempt to fight sex trafficking, some consider legalizing prostitution. Two filmmakers travel across ten countries examining how we might prevent sex trafficking in the first place.

Migration and Globalization (Films)

“Life and Debt” (2001)

Addresses the impact of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and current globalization trends and policies on a developing country (Jamaica). Director: Stephanie Black. Available in most video stores

“Borderless” (2006)

A film outlining the root causes of migration to and exploitation of legal and illegal immigrants in various professions in Canada. This film gives voice to the dreams and struggles of undocumented workers in Canada. Director: Min Sook Lee. Available from: KAIROS (Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives).

“Wetback” (2005)

This film follows several immigrants from Latin America on their dangerous journey to North America (the United States) on one of the largest migration movements in history. Director: Arturo Perez Torres. Available from: Amnesty International, Vancouver.