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July 22, 2021 50 min

CW: This episode is about a serious subject and we talk about violence, sexual assault, drug use, forced labour, racism, and use the p-word. 

It’s time for a Jenna-sode! This week we are talking about the moral panic of human trafficking, and how the best of intentions can cause serious harm to sex workers and victims of trafficking alike. Our misconception for the week is that sex workers are women and clients are men. For Shit People Say we go on a surprise journey into the Star Wars universe, and we discuss receiving gifts from clients. 

Emergency Support Fund for Sex Workers in Australia:


2:25 - Main segment: The moral panic of human trafficking 

32:43 - Misconception: Sex workers are women, clients are men

36:22 - Shit People Say: Surprise Star Wars roleplay 

41:19 - Question of the Week - How do you feel about receiving gifts? Is a gift at every booking too much?


You’re Wrong About Human Trafficking

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International Labour Organizations’s 2017 Global Estimates of Modern Slavery: 

BBC Most London sex workers 'not trafficked', says study

The Conversation: Only a minority of UK sex workers have been trafficked

The New Republic: Liberal Feminism Has a Sex Work Problem

Washington Post: Lies, damned lies and sex work statistics

The Honest Courtesan

The Guardian: Prostitution and trafficking – the anatomy of a moral panic

Travel Agency: A Critique of Anti-Trafficking Campaigns, Nandita Sharma, 2003
Migrant Workers in the UK Sex Industry, Dr Nick Mai, 2011
White Slave Traffic in International Law, Jean Allain, 2017
The Evolution of Human Trafficking Messaging in the United States and its Effect on Public Opinion, Tabitha Bonilla & Cecilia Hyunjong Mo, 2018 


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For more info on sex work in Australia, please check out the following organisations: 




Qld (Respect Inc)


Tas (Scarlet Alliance)

Vic (Vixen Collective)


WA (Magenta)

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