The Los Angeles Review of Books

The Los Angeles Review of Books lauds Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law for its “comprehensive reporting and storytelling.”
Profit over People

Auntie Bellum magazine

Auntie Bellum magazine, which bills itself as an “honest, unapologetic voice for southern women,” lauds Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law as a “comprehensive and reader-friendly book” that features “careful and thorough research from a wide variety of sources.”
The American Sex Worker: Alison Bass’s Getting Screwed

Bass opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times

In her op-ed piece, Alison Bass argues that shutting down advertising outlets for sex workers only makes life more dangerous for them:
Sex Work is Safer Online than on the Street



Book Discussion on Getting Screwed
Alison Bass talked about her book Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law, in which she weaves the true stories of sex workers with the latest research on prostitution. Professor Bass argued that current laws hurt sex workers, clients, and society at large and said that it was time for prostitution to be decriminalized.


WBUR’s The Artery

The Artery, WBUR radio’s arts and culture site interviewed Alison Bass about her new book, Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law
Alison Bass Challenges Common Conceptions Of Sex Work In ‘Getting Screwed’

The Dallas Morning News

The Dallas Morning News published a Q&A with Alison Bass about her new book, Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law
Getting Screwed Author Alison Bass on the business of sex

The American Scholar

An excerpt from Getting Screwed in The American Scholar
Getting Screwed; Read an excerpt from Alison Bass’s new book on sex workers and the law

Playboy magazine

Playboy interviewed Alison Bass about the negative impact of anti-prostitution and trafficking laws on sex workers
Sex Workers Suffer the Unintended Consequences of Trafficking Laws


U92 interviewed Alison Bass about her new book, Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law
Community Feedback: “Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law”

The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The Charleston Gazette-Mail interviewed Alison Bass for article on prostitution in Cabell County, West Virginia
Cabell County tries new approach to prostitution: public shaming

Television Interview with Natasha Sherman

An exploration of how U.S. anti-prostitution laws harm the public health and safety of sex workers and other citizens and why sex work is vilified in our culture.


West Virginia University Reading and Discussion

Taping of Alison Bass’ book launch at West Virginia University


Huffington Post

Rentboy Raid Latest Salvo in Government’s Counterproductive War on Sex This week, federal and state law enforcement officials shut down the well-known website,, which provided a venue for thousands of gay escorts to post ads and screen potential clients. In a raid on the site’s headquarters in New York City, the officers arrested seven of the site’s employees, including its CEO, and charged them with selling sex and laundering money. Continue reading

The Dallas Morning News

Q&A: ‘Getting Screwed’ author Alison Bass on the business of sex You are remarkably non-judgmental in the book. Was that the product of an evolution of your attitude, in an effort to set biases aside? Or did you go into this project thinking, “This is something that should probably be decriminalized?” I didn’t go into this thinking that it should be decriminalized. I didn’t know much about sex work until I met my first sex worker and I was really blown away by how intelligent and articulate she was. She came from a middle-class Orthodox Jewish background, and she was doing sex work so she would have time to do her true passion, which was volunteering on behalf of disenfranchised people. She worked with the homeless, she worked with prisoners, and she worked with people with mental illness. By doing sex work, she could work 10 hours a week instead of 40 hours a week and spend the rest of her time doing what she cared most about. Read full interview

KERA Radio, “Think”

The Case for Legalized Prostitution

How We Talk About Sex

Interview with celebrated actor and host Eric Leviton
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A double standard in enforcing prostitution laws: “It’s economically advantageous to have [high-end sex work] going on” D.C. police routinely arrest streetwalkers & raid massage parlors, while leaving high-end independent escorts alone.

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