Alison Bass
Alison Bass is author of the book, Getting Screwed: Sex Work and the Law (October 2015). She is also the author of Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial, which won the NASW Science in Society Award. A longtime medical and science writer for The Boston Globe, she has received many awards for her investigative journalism. She is an Assistant Professor of Journalism at West Virginia University's Reed College of Media and can be reached at

Entries by Alison Bass

Most Sex Workers and Smuggled Migrants Aren't Being "Trafficked"

(4) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 11:51 AM

Even some of the most respected news outlets in the United States are getting it wrong. In a recent Talk of the Town article in the New Yorker, Philip Gourevitch referred to the men who are smuggling migrants from Africa to Europe as traffickers instead of what they...

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How Soderbergh's New Movie Side Effects Depart From Reality

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 2:59 PM

I went to see Steven Soderbergh's new film, Side Effects, with anticipation and dread. The movie, after all, carries the same name as my 2008 book, Side Effects and from what I could tell of the trailers, its plot seemed loosely based on the issue I...

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Hey Sailor! What Canada Can Teach the U.S. About Prostitution

(10) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 5:13 PM

Just as Canada has provided us with a model for affordable health care, our neighbors to the north may also be leading the way on another key issue: reducing the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitting diseases.

A few months ago, a federal appeals court in Canada

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