Sold In America
Sold In America
Stitcher & E.W. Scripps Company, Noor Tagouri
Sold in America is an eight-episode journey into the world of selling sex in the United States. Hosted by journalist and activist Noor Tagouri, this deeply personal, deeply reported series takes listeners across the country to meet the human faces of this billion-dollar trade – and uncovers its surprising misconceptions.
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Oct 18
3 min
9. Sharing Your Stories
In this bonus episode, Noor passes the mic to listeners to share their stories of how the issues explored in this season affected them personally. You can hear ad-free episodes of Sold in America only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of premium, go to stitcherpremium.com and use promo code 'AMERICA'. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 14, 2018
26 min
9. Sharing Your Stories
In this bonus episode, Noor passes the mic to listeners to share their stories of how the issues explored in this season affected them personally. You can hear ad-free episodes of Sold in America only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of premium, go to stitcherpremium.com and use promo code 'AMERICA'.
Dec 14, 2018
26 min
BONUS: Unladylike: How To Get a Rape Kit
The team here at Stitcher has another show they’d highly recommend you checking out. Unladylike, hosted by Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin, is all about the surprising and complicated and sometimes really fun world of feminism. They just wrapped an amazing season covering everything from feminist birdwatching, to gas lighting in the doctor's’ office, to slam dunks in the WNBA. Noor was featured on an episode where she talks about reporting on sex work, based on her experience creating Sold In America. This week, we’re bringing you something extra: an episode where Cristen & Caroline interview a sexual assault nurse examiner about how to get a rape kit -- and how they could restore consent, dignity, and justice to patients. Go find Unladylike in your podcast app to hear the first episode now. Unladylike in Apple Podcasts: https://applepodcasts.com/unladylike See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 12, 2018
55 min
8. Talk with Noor
Throughout the series, Noor asked her audience for stories and questions from listeners. In this episode, Noor will share some of these stories and answer questions. You can hear ad-free episodes of Sold in America only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of premium, go to stitcherpremium.com and use promo code 'AMERICA'. This episode is sponsored by Care/of (www.takecareof.com code: NOOR). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 27, 2018
32 min
7. Finale - The Breeding Ground
Noor wraps up her journey focusing on the one area all sides of the sex trade debate can agree on -- kids. She meets Ashley Cacho, who was moved from one foster care home to another and started being trafficked at age 11. And she hangs out with a group of kids who tell her about the risks they face ending up in the sex trade when they run away or are homeless for even one night. And Noor finds the answer to sex trafficking has nothing to do with sex. You can hear ad-free episodes of Sold in America only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of premium, go to stitcherpremium.com and use promo code 'AMERICA'. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 20, 2018
43 min
6. Shutting Down the Online Marketplace
A huge portion of the sex trade takes place online. Huge websites like Backpage and Craigslist used to offer a place where sex workers posted ads for their services. But these websites were also seen as a breeding ground for illegal trafficking. That’s why Congress passed legislation this year to hold websites accountable for posts related to prostitution. Politicians from both parties voted to pass a bill cracking down on online sex trade -- because how could you not want to help sex trafficking victims? The bill is called FOSTA/SESTA. But many sex workers see it differently. Noor heads to Capitol Hill for the first ever sex work lobby day and finds out that the people this law was meant to protect were never consulted before it passed -- and now say it's made their lives far more dangerous. You can hear ad-free episodes of Sold in America only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of premium, go to stitcherpremium.com and use promo code 'AMERICA'. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 13, 2018
43 min
5. Survival Sex
Noor meets Laya, a trans woman of color who became a sex worker after she was shut out from her family and job. It’s called survival sex -- sex work done purely to survive. What makes sex work dangerous for people like Laya is that she can’t report violent buyers to the police without fear of being arrested. Now, she’s trying to get a new law passed by the Washington, D.C. city council to decriminalize the buying and selling of sex. Is this the solution Noor has been searching for, or just a band-aid? You can hear ad-free episodes of Sold in America only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of premium, go to stitcherpremium.com and use promo code 'AMERICA'. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 6, 2018
31 min
4. Bunnies at Work
Nevada is the land of legalized prostitution. At the Bunny Ranch brothel, Noor explores a model of sex entirely as a business – just like any other. She meets a highly paid prostitute who plans to leave the ranch with hundreds of thousands in savings. The infamous pimp who runs the place argues that if you're selling sex for money in America and you're not doing it legally in a brothel, you're a criminal. But Noor learns that only a select few can meet the standards for working in the brothel. You can hear ad-free episodes of Sold in America only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of premium, go tostitcherpremium.com and use promo code 'AMERICA'. This episode is sponsored by Casper Mattresses (www.casper.com/NOOR code: NOOR). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 30, 2018
45 min
3. The Buyers Club
Every day and every hour in this country, people are buying and selling sex. It’s on the street, it’s online, and it’s worth billions. And the people buying are mostly men. In most parts of the country,  buyers rarely face any consequences, but one city is trying something different. Noor travels to Seattle where she meets a man who was arrested for buying sex, and the public official who wants to crack down on demand. But then she meets a sex worker in the city who flips the narrative about exploitation on its head. You can hear ad-free episodes of Sold in America only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of premium, go to stitcherpremium.com and use promo code 'AMERICA'. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 23, 2018
43 min
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