PODCAST: Survivors speak out in new book about the prostitution industry

prostitution narrativesAs prostitution and the legislation that surrounds it has become an increasingly heated debate, the voices of women who survived the industry have grown louder and stronger.

This year, a new book containing testimonies written by survivors was published by Spinifex Press. Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade, bust myths, reveals the trauma experienced by those who are used and abused by johns, and raises hope, as we hear from women who turned the personal into the political, and are fighting back. This week, I spoke with co-editor, Melinda Tankard-Reist, and two survivors who shared their stories in the book, Simone Watson and Charlotte, over Skype.

Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade was edited by Caroline Norma and Melinda Tankard-Reist and is now available in Canada, the US, and Mexico from IPG Books.

Meghan Murphy
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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, I-D, Truthdig, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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  • marv

    It’s intrusive to ask the administrator and commenters to respond to questions that have been asked countless times. Read all the articles in the link below. They deal with all your queries.


    • Vladimír Krásný

      Will read then.
      But does it also answer my first question? That is why was Megan trying to frame “customers” as perverts?

  • Vladimír Krásný

    In these scenarios its definitely tricky and the question of “of their own free will” gets …well tricky…when you have no money etc (but althought I dont want to go there, dont tell me there are no other jobs – sure, not that “well” paid but cmon).

    I was asking about scenario where woman (or man) has choice, is not socially or financially forced to do it. Just wants to. Is this scenario at all possible in heads of people who generally consider prostitution a violence against women (I guess same goes for porn) or is your answer (and I dont want to parody it) telling these people that they dont know what they want, that they dont know why they want it etc…