Winding down and moving forward

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As the forum is winding down I can't help but look back at Stacey Swimme's forum post and think about how well it lays out some of the broad themes that unite discussions of sex work and trafficking but that the mainstream media is constantly diverting our attention from. Our wideranging discussions this past week only touched the tips of so many proverbial icebergs.

Her title, "Smoke and Mirrors," is particularly apt. Many of us do work that is directed at refocusing attention onto these complex issues of class inequality in the US and globally, of labor markets and consumer economies, of sensationalistic media outlets that all but ignore our issues unless something scandalous can be paraded in front of viewers/readers, and of politicians who prefer moralism to evidence.

As we work toward concluding the forum will you help me put together a "resources" page by mentioning in the comments some of the specific projects that you or your organization is planning in the next year? Perhaps it's activism, maybe research, or something you're planning for a conference (for example the Desiree Alliance conference in Chicago in July). Maybe your plan is to keep writing on some of these themes. I'd love to highlight those projects, and point people toward them.

And remember, the forum isn't over until tomorrow, so I encourage you to keep posting and commenting!