Monthly Archives: November 2006

Sex trafficking in Benin City, Nigeria.

TweetNigeria seems to have turned into a hotspot for women being smuggled into the sex trade. This shit is crazy. Trafficking women for prostitution became a problem in Benin City in the mid-1980s when free-market economic reforms led to massive job losses and impoverished many Nigerians.Today, the Nigeria-Italy prostitution trade has become a sinister, self-propagating [...]
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Best. Auction. Ever.

TweetThis is amazing. The Center for New Words (home of WAM!) is holding a benefit online celebrity auction. Some of the items up for bidding: Katha Pollitt edits your manuscript Novelist Thisbe Nissen names a character in her next book after you Former Head Writer for Six Feet Under Jill Soloway edits your script A [...]
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Women’s shelter loses funding for counseling men

TweetJust wondering what folks thought of this: For 10 years, New York state gave $42,000 a year to the Vera House battered women’s shelter to run a program for abusive men. But state officials discovered the Syracuse agency had committed a serious breach of contract: It tried to change the bad guys. So for the [...]
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The Office on Violence Against Women gets a new (scary) director

Tweet The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a tremendous feminist success story. The legislation, which was passed in 1994 and reauthorized in 2000 and 2006, allows for $3.9 billion in funding to help survivors of intimate partner violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Feminists were the driving force behind the drafting and passage [...]
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HHS standing by Keroack

TweetThe Kaiser Network reports that the Department of Health and Human Services is standing by their man Eric Keroack. You know, the “doctorâ€? who likes cartoons but thinks birth control is icky. Christina Pearson, spokesperson for HHS’ Office of Population Affairs and Administration for Children and Families, said Keroack is not opposed to birth control… [...]
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