The sex industry and movements to decriminalize sex work is discussed, with attention paid to the impact on women and the underage girls that are trafficked, in this conversation with Taina Bien-Aim. How Germany and Holland have fared by decriminalizing sex for money, and the misunderstood definition of human trafficking is explored, along with the notable Eliot Spitzer case and more, on this Media Mayhem interview, hosted by Allison Hope Weiner.
Taina Bien-Aim is the Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW). CATW is the first and oldest international non-profit organization dedicated to ending trafficking in women and girls and related forms of commercial sexual exploitation as practices of gender-based violence.
Prior to this position, Taina was the Executive Director of Women’s City Club of New York (WCC), a multi-issue advocacy organization that helps shape public policy in New York. She was a founding Board member of Equality Now, an international human rights organization that works for the protection of the rights of women and girls and later served as its Executive Director (2000-2011). She was Director of Business Affairs/Film Acquisitions at Home Box Office (1996-2000) and practiced international corporate law at the Wall St. law firm, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (1992-1996).
Taina holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law and a Licence in Political Science from the University of Geneva/Graduate School of International Studies in Switzerland.
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00:01 Welcoming Taina Bien to Media Mayhem.
00:51 The decriminalization of the sex trade industry.
05:11 Human nature and discrimination against women.
09:44 Amsterdam and the benefits of regulation.
14:27 Amnesty International and decriminalizing prostitution.
18:07 Sex trafficking in the US and the real definition of the term,
28:58 Eliot Spitzer and life in the sex trade industry.
25:55 Thank you and goodbye.