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The movement to criminalise sex work in the United States

An article in the Journal of Law and Society, Volume 37, Number 1, March 2010.

Weitzer explores the growth of what he describes as a moral crusade in the US aimed at expanding the criminalisation of sex work. He shows how there is a growing trend to conflate sex work with human trafficking and explores the impact of this movement on legal norms and government policies. Weitzer believes this trend has been prompted by the expansion of the sex industry and its normalisation in American society.

Bush insider recounts how ideology trumped science on US AIDS policy

A news story from the BMJ by Bob Roehr which reviews the report "How Ideology Trumped Science: Why PEPFAR has failed to meet its potential," written by Scott Evertz.

How Ideology Trumped Science: Why PEPFAR Has Failed to Meet its Potential

A report by Evertz S H sponsored by the Council for Global Equality. Evertz was the director of the Office of National AIDS Policy during U.S. President George W. Bush's first term.

Taking Care of Business

A news story for Poz Magazine by Scott L. This story explores HIV prevention efforts with sex workers in India. It highlights the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and their partners and suggests that the policy of the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) should be amended to allow investment in interventions of this type.

The Social Construction of Sex Trafficking: Ideology and Institutionalization of a Moral Crusade

An article by Weitzer R. in the journal Politics & Society, Vol. 35, No. 3, 447-475.

This article examines the social construction of sex trafficking (and prostitution more generally). The analysis documents the increasing endorsement and institutionalization of crusade ideology in U.S. government policy and practice. (adapted from the author's own summary)

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