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About Carol Leigh

Carol Leigh has been an artist and sex worker activist for decades. She is a COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) member, founding member of ACT UP (AIDs Coalition To Unleash Power) and SWOP-USA (Sex Workers Outreach Project), and co-founder of Bay Area Sex Worker Advocacy Project.  Leigh coined the term 'sex work’ in the late 70s. In 1999 she founded the San Francisco Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival. Leigh was lead organiser of the San Francisco Board of Supervisor's Task Force on Prostitution. She served as a consultant for The RighT Guide, a trafficking policy impact tool in the Netherlands. Since 2003 she has administered the Trafficking Policy Research Project collecting material on the impact of US anti-trafficking policies. For several years she has been focusing on a work in progress, Collateral Damage: Sex Workers and the Anti-Trafficking Campaigns. 

Articles by Carol Leigh

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“Francesc”

Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Anti-trafficking campaigns, sex workers and the roots of damage

Anti-trafficking campaigns have their roots in 19th-century efforts to ‘save’ white women from ‘white slavery.’ Contemporary strategies broaden the stigmatisation and criminalisation, impacting a range of vulnerable communities.

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