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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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 116 Ratings

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.

    Introducing Toxic: The Britney Spears Story

    Introducing Toxic: The Britney Spears Story

    Comedians Tess Barker and Babs Gray, who you might know from Lady to Lady or the now legendary Britney’s Gram podcast, are here to bring you a brand new investigative series about Britney Spears' conservatorship and the court system that's allowed it to persist.

    After launching the #FreeBritney movement, they started to dig… And what they found out, you won’t want to miss! 

    Join Tess and Babs as they talk to exclusive sources, examine new sides of the story, and uncover disturbing truths about our legal system that go way beyond Britney.

    Listen to Episodes 1 & 2 right now: link.chtbl.com/ToxicThePodcast

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    • 5 min
    9. Sharing Your Stories

    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.




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    • 26 min
    BONUS: Unladylike: How To Get a Rape Kit

    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

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    • 55 min
    8. Talk with Noor

    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.




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    This episode is sponsored by Care/of (www.takecareof.com code: NOOR).

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    • 32 min
    7. Finale - The Breeding Ground

    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.




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    • 43 min
    6. Shutting Down the Online Marketplace

    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.




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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
116 Ratings

116 Ratings

MandaMarrickville ,

Excellent

Enjoyed it. Well paced. And thoughtful piece on a complex issue.

freyavo ,

Self-focused reporter

The stories are compelling but there is far too much input about the reporters personal thoughts and emotions. The lack of objectivity is distracting and becomes more frustrating as the series continues. Greater focus on the subject of the reporting rather that the reporter is needed. Could not finish the series.

Cocochic Clothing ,

Who Did or Didn’t Edit This?

I found this hard to listen to. Not because the topic is difficult though. I’m sure the host/narrator means well and I applaud the efforts of all concerned but Noor constantly inserts herself and her opinions over and above survivor stories and interviews. It interrupts the flow and for me smacks of condescension whether you mean it to or not. Let the stories speak for themselves. I’m very sorry to hear Noors own personal story. That shouldn’t happen to anyone.

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