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How Julie Bindel’s new book challenges our assumptions about the “oldest profession”

Sex work is one of the biggest debates in feminism—to which Bindel's The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth will be another strident contribution

By Jessica Abrahams   October 2017

Bindel's book takes on a difficult subject; but there's little balance here.

“Prostitution is a human rights violation against women and girls,” writes journalist Julie Bindel on the first page of her new book. To many, this is a hugely provocative statement. The debate over the sex trade has become one of the loudest among feminists, with many arguing that Bindel’s position undermines the agency of women who freely engage in such work.

The book comes at a time of intense debate over legal frameworks around prostitution, with various…

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