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Now & Next Speaker Series

May 14, 2020 @ 9:00 am


Let’s Get Real: Life in the legal sex trade

Presented by  Rebecca Bender (Rebecca Bender Initiative), Bekah Charleston (Valiant Hearts)

The sex trade is being glamorized as never before – from the promotion of “sugar dating,” to films and shows that portray rich, independent “sex workers” choosing handsome, rich, kind “johns” who treat and pay them well, to advocacy from “sex workers” who argue that fully decriminalizing the sex trade is a move to empower women. Yet the reality of legalized prostitution looks far different than the rosy picture painted in popular culture.

Nearly fifty years ago, Nevada legalized prostitution across 10% of the state. The popular image of legalized prostitution in Nevada fits the rosy picture. But the reality couldn’t be further than the truth.

No one knows this better than two women who lived “the life” in the legal brothels of Nevada.  In “Let’s Get Real: Life in the legal sex trade,” sex trafficking survivors Rebecca Bender of Rebecca Bender Initiative, and Rebekah Charleston of Valiant Hearts will share their own experiences and what they’ve learned from the dozens of survivors they support. Their presentation will debunk the many lies surrounding legalized exploitation and will expose the ugly truth about what happens behind legal brothels’ closed doors.


May 14, 2020
9:00 am


United States


World Without Exploitation