During last week's House hearing on Craigslist and the sex industry, advocates and policymakers debated the lives of young people engaged in sex work and the sex trade, with little involvement of those young people themselves. They made a case for censoring online ads for sex work and increasing law enforcement power and resources to police sex work. They stated that they were doing this to end violence against young people in the sex trade.
Melissa Gira Grant is a writer, a contributor to AlterNet, and the external relations officer at the Third Wave Foundation. Distributed by Tubemogul.