Melissa Gira Grant

News

How the Feds Took Down Rentboy.com

The site has been shut down by Homeland Security agents and employees are now facing life-altering punishments for allegedly helping sex workers connect to clients.
Melissa Gira Grant
8.26.15
News

Young, Black, Trans, Arrested: How Women Like Meagan Taylor Are Made Invisible

Meagan Taylor, a 22-year-old jailed while visiting Iowa with a friend earlier this month, got released last week after a flurry of activism drew attention to her plight—and what was probably a bogus arrest.
Melissa Gira Grant
7.29.15
News

Why Did This Woman Who Was Arrested in a Prostitution Sting Die in a Florida Jail?

April Brogan's undignified death in custody says a lot about how the police and society at large treat sex workers.
Melissa Gira Grant
5.8.15
tech

This Tech Startup Is Helping the Cops Track Sex Workers Online

Rescue Forensics claims it can scrape "massive quantities of data" from online escort ads and give that information to law enforcement, but advocates for sex workers say that such a service doesn't help anyone.
Melissa Gira Grant
4.17.15
tech

Why There's No Uber for Sex Work

I talked to sex workers and advocates about why an app is not the solution to their problems.
Melissa Gira Grant
3.4.15
News

The All-American Fantasy of Saving Sex Workers from Themselves

The men who stage rescues—police, pastors, television personalities—are engaged in something not unlike the men who pay for sex: a fantasy, starring them.
Melissa Gira Grant
2.10.15
News

For Sex Workers, Any Camera Can Be A Police Camera

Police don't need to be outfitted and trained in surveillance—they know the power of images, and how powerfully they are networked.
Melissa Gira Grant
12.5.14