American Sex Police With sweeping trafficking stings, the FBI returns to its roots as the nation’s vice squad-by Elizabeth Nolan Brown- April 2017

Banks Flagging Frequent Pharmacy Trips, Bulk DVD Rentals, and Other Ordinary Activity to Turn Over Tips to Government Snoops– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|Mar. 27, 2017

Even sex workers earn more if they get a college degree- by Allison Schrager March 24, 2017

Harlots Doesn’t Sell Out When Detailing Lives of 18th Century British Hookers New historical sex drama comes to Hulu. by Glenn Garvin | March 24, 2017

Surprise: Government-Grown Pot Is Total Schwag, Not Suitable for Research Doctors using DEA-approved marijuana find it is useless for research purposes. Nick Gillespie- March 11th 2017

Trump’s Mythical Crackdown on Sex Trafficking– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|Feb. 27, 2017

Teen Girl Sent Teen Boy 5 Inappropriate Pictures. He Faced Lifetime Registry as a ‘Violent Sex Offender’ or 350 Years in Jail. by |

Ashton Kutcher Claims He Helped Cops Save Way More Sex-Trafficking Victims Than Authorities Say They’ve Found-Elizabeth Nolan Brown|Feb. 15, 2017

Backpage Shutters ‘Adult’ Ads Section Following Years of Government Bullying– Jan. 10, 2017

The Business of Government Is Hysteria– Matt Welch|Jan. 10, 2017

Backpage Backed Into Corner Over Adult Ads. Is Government’s Goal a Goodbye to Sex Trafficking, or Free Speech?– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|Jan. 13, 2017

Trump Brings Back Ban on Funds for Groups That Promote Abortion, While Congress Reconsiders Global Anti-Prostitution Pledge– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|Jan. 23, 2017

Director of Anti-Sex Trafficking Doc I Am Jane Doe Doesn’t Understand the Laws She’s Trying to Reform– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|Jan. 26, 2017

Why the Government’s Legal Assault on Backfired (New Reason Podcast)- Nick Gillespie|Feb. 3, 2017

No Super Bowl Sex-Trafficking Hordes in Houston-Elizabeth Nolan Brown|Feb. 7, 2017

How a Heartwarming ‘Hero Flight Attendant’ Meme Helps Donald Trump Deport People- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|2.9.2017

Law Enforcement Leaders Release Agenda Calling for Trump Administration to End ‘Unnecessary Incarceration’– Anthony L. Fisher|Feb. 13, 2017

Clarence Thomas Condemns Civil Asset Forfeiture, Points to ‘Egregious and Well-Chronicled Abuses– by Damon Root-Mar. 6, 2017

Can U.S. courts compel non-citizens to pay restitution to other non-citizens for crimes that took place abroad? Apparently so– by Elizabeth Nolan Brown|Mar. 7, 2017

FBI Helps Shut Down Seattle Sex-Work Review Board- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|1.7.2016

‘John School,’ Homeland-Security Training for Strippers, and Other State Sex-Trafficking Laws Coming This Month– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|1.8.2016

14 Arrested, 12 Migrant Women in Custody, and ‘Additional Moneys and Properties Will Be Seized’ Following Shutdown of Seattle Sex-Work Forum ‘The Review Board’ -Elizabeth Nolan Brown|1.11.2016

Homeland Security Asking Hotel Staff to Report Customers for Too Many Condoms-Elizabeth Nolan Brown|1.12.2016

Another Asian Air Traveler Detained Over Suspicions She’s Being Sex Trafficked– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|1.14.2016

The Official Indictment of’s Founder Will Infuriate You– Scott Shackford|1.28.2016

Prostitution Decrim Debated by New Hampshire Lawmakers-Elizabeth Nolan Brown|2.1.2016

Obama Could Still Stop ‘Megan’s Law’ From Making Sex Offenders Get Special Passports- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|2.2.2016

Beauty School Syllabus Now Includes Human-Trafficking Awareness Training– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|2.10.2016

Super Bowl ‘Sex-Trafficking Stings’ Net Hundreds of Prostitution Arrests- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|2.13.2016

 Sex-Trafficking Victim Arrested for Selling Sex– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|2.16.2016

Here’s What We Actually Know About Human Trafficking In America– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|2.19.2016

Sex-Trafficking Arrests on the Rise, But Conviction Numbers Are Still Small– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|2.21.2016

DOJ Report: ‘Males, Whites, Republicans’ and Porn Watchers Hold ‘Incorrect Beliefs’ About Sex Trafficking– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|2.21.2016

3 of the Most F*cked Up Ways the Feds are Controlling Sex Work– Nick Gillespie & Joshua Swain|2.23.2016

Exchanging Anything of Value for Sex Will Soon Be a Crime in Oregon– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|2.25.2016

Texas Mom’s Paranoid Rant Spawns Viral Sex-Trafficking Rumor– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|2.26.2016

Human Trafficking Is the New ‘Crack-Cocaine Epidemic,’ Says California Lawmaker– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|3.2.2016

The Biggest Sex-Trafficking Bust in FBI History Was Totally Bogus– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|3.4.2016

More Than 400 Arrests in ‘Operation Traveling Circus’– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|3.8.2016

Reason Nominated for 6 Maggie Awards-Matt Welch|3.15.2016

ACLU of Rhode Island Slams ‘Sex Trafficking’ Cops for Focusing on Consenting Adults– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|3.16.2016

Another Win for Internet Freedom, First Amendment in First Circuit’s Backpage Ruling– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|3.21.2016

How the Government Stole Sex- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|Mar. 28, 2016

Homeland Security Versus Immigrant-Owned Massage Parlors– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|4.15.2016

Free Markets Linked to Less Human Trafficking– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|4.18.2016

How New Hampshire Plans to Spike Its Sex-Trafficking Stats– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|4.23.2016

Sow Rape Culture Hyperbole, Reap Transgender Bathroom Paranoia-Robby Soave|4.26.2016

Influential Ex-Marines Commandant Wants Next President to Make War on Human Trafficking More Like the Drug War- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|4.28.2016

Homeland Security, L.A. Police Team Up to Arrest Compton Sex Workers– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|5.2.2016

California Moves to End Mandatory Jail Time for Prostitution– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|5.3.2016

New Georgia Law Makes Sure Undercover Cops Can Count as Sex-Trafficked Teens- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|5.4.2016

Reason Wins 2016 Best Feature Maggie Award!-Katherine Mangu-Ward|5.9.2016

Decriminalization Is the Only Feminist, Humane Response to Prostitution, Says Human-Rights Group Amnesty International- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|5.26.2016

Sex-Trafficking Stat Check: How 45 Toledo Teens Become ‘1,000 Child Sex-Trafficking Victims’- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|5.26.2016

Former Kentucky Constable Accused of Running Prostitution Ring for Police and Lawmaker Friends– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|5.27.2016

As the ‘Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act’ Turns One, Lawmakers Demand DOJ Get Tougher on Ad Platforms and Sex Buyers– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|5.31.2016

Poll: Most Americans Reject Criminal Penalties for Prostitution- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|6.1.2016

‘She Looked 18’– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|6.3.2016

Feds Kill Yet Another Website That Makes Sex Work Safer-Elizabeth Nolan Brown|6.15.2016

Three Oakland Police Chiefs Resign Within Nine Days-Elizabeth Nolan Brown|6.20.2016

‘Biggest Sex Trafficking Bust Ever For McLennan County’ Texas Mostly Snared Adult Sex Workers– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|6.27.2016

Oakland Cops Uncover Dead Colleague’s Fling With Underage Sex Worker, Make Sure to Get Her Number for Themselves- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|6.29.2016

NYC Councilman Completely Fabricates Child Sex-Trafficking Ring– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|7.6.2016

‘Sex Trafficking Survivor’ at Democratic Convention Not Actually Victim of Sex Trafficking- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|7.26.2016

Teen Girl Sells Sex. Teen Boy Serves as Bodyguard. Teen Boy Gets Arrested by Homeland Security for Child Sex-Trafficking- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|8.4.2016

About That Vanderbilt University Football Player Caught in a Sex-Trafficking Sting…- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|8.8.2016

Charging Child Sex-Trafficking Victims With Prostitution Is the Only Way to Save Them, Say California Prosecutors– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|8.9.2016

More Than 1,300 Prostitution Clients Arrests in Latest ‘National Johns Suppression Initiative‘- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|8.12.2016

11 Oakland Cops Disciplined Over Prostitution Scandal Involving Exploited Teen-Elizabeth Nolan Brown|9.8.2016

The Truth About the Biggest U.S. Sex Trafficking Story of the Year: – Elizabeth Nolan Brown|9.9.2016

The Truth About the Biggest U.S. Sex Trafficking Story of the Year– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|9.9.2016

Lewd Acts and Prostitution Among Charges for California Cops—If Alleged Victim Gets Out of Florida Jail– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|9.12.2016

 Oakland Police Follow Up Internal Sex-Crime Investigation by Launching Anonymous Online System for Reporting Prostitution– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|9.16.2016

Courage House Claimed to Save Sex-Trafficked Girls. Instead, It Used Them As Funding Bait While Playing Evangelical Christian Missionary– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|9.20.2016

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart Creating National Database of Sex Buyers- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|9.22.2016

King County Sheriff Continues to Offer Distorted View of Seattle Sex Trafficking– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|9.30.2016 CEO Carl Ferrer Arrested in Texas for Pimping, Conspiracy- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|10.6.2016

Here’s How Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer Supposedly Profited From Child Sex Trafficking-Elizabeth Nolan Brown|10.7.2016

More Lives Sabotaged by National Faux-Sex-Trafficking Witch-Hunt-Elizabeth Nolan Brown|10.10.2016

Texas Dad Pushes for Parents of Adult Women to Be Able to Have Them Committed for Selling Sex– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|10.12.2016

‘Woman’ Offering Sex in Exchange for McDonald’s Meal Was Part of FBI-Led Ploy to Stop Sex-Trafficking– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|10.17.2016

Former Heads Say Pimping Charges Motivated by Politics, Not Facts– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|10.20.2016

Operation Cross Country X: Everything You Need to Know About the FBI’s Annual ‘Underage Human Trafficking’ Sting In One Chart– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|10.25.2016


Rape, Nude Catfighting, Prostitution… Your Fall Guide to Officer-Involved Sex Crimes in America– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|10.3.2016

SCOTUS Won’t Hear Illinois Sheriff’s Appeal of Order to Stop Threatening Credit Card Companies for Working With Backpage– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|10.5.2016

Chicago Cop Arrested for Sex Trafficking and Child Porn, Accused of Paying Teens—Including Braces-Wearing 14-Year-Old—for Sex– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|11.3.2016

Judge Says Backpage Protected by First Amendment, Rejects Pimping Charges for CEO… Then Backtracks a Few Hours Later- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|11.16.2016

Pulp Fiction, Pope Francis Figured In Case of Alleged Foot Fetishist Charged With Child Sex-Trafficking- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|11.22.2016

Alabama Bans Publishing of Prostitution Mugshots, Allows Cops to Hold Suspected Sex Workers for 72 Hours– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|11.23.2016

4 Incredibly Dumb Ways the Government Is Spending Your Money to Punish People for Having Sex– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|12.2.2016

Backpage Leaders Beat Pimping Charges as Court Affirms Importance of Immunity for Web Publishers of Third-Party Speech– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|Dec. 10, 2016

‘The Review Board’ Bust: 12 More Men Face Felony Charges for Posting to Seattle Web Forum– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|Dec. 13, 2016

Maryland Police Association Director Resigns Over Prostitution Charges– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|Dec. 13, 2016


64 Face Jail After Elaborate Sting Aimed at ‘Ending Demand’ For Prostitution in Houston- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|3.5.2015

Parking in ‘Designated Area of High Prostitution Activity’ Could Get Your Car Impounded in Spokane, Washington– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|3.5.2015

Here’s What the Senate’s Massive Sex-Trafficking Bill Would Actually Do– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|Mar. 10, 2015

Enhanced Penalties for Prostitution Patrons in New York’s New Human Trafficking Measure- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|3.17.2015

Abortion Funding Battle Doomed Human-Trafficking Bill and Loretta Lynch Vote To Be Continued in April– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|3.23.2015

Sex Worker Laura Lee to Launch Legal Challenge to Northern Ireland Prostitution Law– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|3.24.2015

Stalled Senate Sex-Trafficking Bill Should Stay That Way-3.26.2015

Senate Settles Trafficking Bill Controversy Over Abortion, But Immigration Amendments Could Still Stop Passage-Elizabeth Nolan Brown|4.21.2015

Internet Freedom Suffers in Passage of Senate Human Trafficking Bill-Elizabeth Nolan Brown|4.23.2015

Feds Convict Elderly Bar Owner Who Allowed Prostitution Upstairs as ‘Sex Trafficking Ring Leader’– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|4.27.2015 Lawsuit: Sex Trafficking Doesn’t Trump Internet Freedom, Says Federal Judge- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|5.20.2015

Did You Hear About the Sex Traffickers Abducting Grown Women From Hobby Lobby?– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|6.8.2015

Teen Recruits Friend for Sex Work With Her, Gets Slapped With Federal Sex-Trafficking Charges- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|6.16.2015

Anti-Porn Summit on Capitol Hill Mixes Moralist, Feminist, and Public Health Rhetoric With Insane Results- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|6.16.2015

Celebs Protest Amnesty International Call to Decriminalize Prostitution- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|7.28.2015

What the State Department’s New Report Tells Us About Human Trafficking Here and Abroad- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|7.29.2015

Come to a Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking at Reason D.C. on August 3– 7.30.2015

Sex Workers From Around the World Tell Hollywood to Mind Its Own Business– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|7.31.2015

No, Sex Trafficking Isn’t a Misdemeanor in Maryland- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|8.6.2015

Watch: Reason Panel on Sex-Trafficking Policies– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|8.12.2015

Why Wasn’t Subway’s Jared Fogle Charged With Human Trafficking?– Aug. 20, 2015

Alaskan Escort-Service Owner Amber Batts Gets Five Years Prison for ‘Sex Trafficking’- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|8.25.2015

Sex Trafficking Not Always a ‘Crime of Violence’ Says Federal Court- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|9.3.2015

National Johns Suppression Initiative’ Nets Nearly 1,000 Arrests for Attempted Sex– Sep. 4, 2015

3 Important Caveats About That Study Showing Prostitution Clients Are More Prone to Violence– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|Sep. 8, 2015

Indiana AG Seeks Mandatory Jail Time for Johns– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|9.15.2015

Sex (Trafficking) Ed- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|9.21.2015

The War on Sex Trafficking Is the New War on Drugs- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|9.30.2015

The War on Sex Trafficking is the New War on Drugs- Elizabeth Nolan Brown & Joshua Swain|10.2.2015

Sex Trafficking and Prostitution Are Not the Same Thing– Joshua Swain & Elizabeth Nolan Brown|Oct. 3, 2015

Covenant House Spreads Lies About Sex Trafficking- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|10.6.2015

Morals Group Plans Worldwide Protest Against Human Rights– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|10.8.2015

Hundreds Arrested in FBI-Sponsored Prostitution Sting- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|10.15.2015

Hundreds Arrested in FBI-Sponsored Prostitution Sting– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|Oct. 15, 2015

The People We Trust to ‘Save’ Women From Prostitution Keep Paying Them for Sex—and Worse- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|10.17.2015

California Assemblyman: ‘We Have to Distinguish Between’ Prostitution and Sex Trafficking to Help Victims-Elizabeth Nolan Brown|10.21.2015

Sex-Trafficking Discussion in Portland Tonight– 11.14.2015

Sex-Trafficking Rescue Op in Virginia Netted Fewer ‘Pimps’ Than Initially Advertised But More Prostitution and Drug Arrests– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|11.17.2015

Backpage CEO Skipped Sex-Trafficking Hearing, May Face Criminal Contempt Charges-Elizabeth Nolan Brown|11.22.2015

Justice Department Distorts Sex-Trafficking Arrest Numbers– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|11.25.2015

The War on Sex Trafficking Is the New War on Drugs–  Elizabeth Nolan Brown from the November 2015 Wins First Amendment Victory Against Censorious Sheriff– Jacob Sullum|12.1.2015

Donate to Reason! Because Judges Cite Our Work When Telling Government to Back the Hell Off– att Welch|12.2.2015

Asian Girl Band Detained at LAX Because Officials Think They Must Be Sex Workers– Elizabeth Nolan Brown|12.14.2015 Sues Federal Government Over SAVE Act- Elizabeth Nolan Brown|12.15.2015