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Julie Bindel

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Visiting Fellow


Julie Bindel is a journalist, author, broadcaster and journalist, primarily concerned with human rights abuses towards women and girls. She is the author of two books on this topic. One of which is based on a UK-wide study on the opportunities and barriers for women to exit prostitution, the largest study of its kind (Exiting Prostitution: A Study in Female Desistance by Bindel et al, Palgrave, 2014). Her most recent work examines the global sex trade, and is based on research spanning almost 40 countries cities and states around the world and on 250 face-to-face interviews (The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth, Palgrave, 2017).

Julie has investigated the trafficking of women and girls into prostitution for both academic research and journalistic long-form articles in dozens of countries around the world

Julie has been active in research, grassroots campaigning, advocacy and governmental consultation since 1999. During this time, she has sat on many advisory boards and consultation panels alongside governmental officials, parliamentarians, policy advisors and UN organisations.

To date, Julie has trained in excess of 1,000 individuals in issues relating to the sexual exploitation in more than 20 countries. Julie has also conducted more than 100 face-to-face interviews with female victims of trafficking.

Over the past 20 years, Julie has provided support to a number of NGOs, IGOs and state agencies in their efforts to prevent trafficking into sexual exploitation, improve the prosecution of perpetrators, protect victims, and build international counter-trafficking partnerships.


  • The Map of My Life: The Story of Emma Humphreys, Astraia Press2003
  • Straight Expectations, Guardian Faber, 2014
  • Exiting Prostitution, editor, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
  • The Pimping of Prostitution, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017
  • Feminism for Women, Little Brown, 2021

Selected Publications

Press and Media

Julie writes for the following publications and her articles are regularly syndicated worldwide

  • Al Jazeera, BBC Online Magazine, Channel 4 Magazine, The Critic, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Diva, Evening Standard, Financial Times Magazine, Funeral Service Times, G3 Magazine, Grazia, The Guardian, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Huffington Post, The Independent, Mail on Sunday, Marie Claire, New Republic, New Statesman, Pet Gazette, Quillette, The Spectator, Standpoint, Stylist, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Times, Truthdig (US), Unherd, The Week.

Selected TV appearances in the last decade

  • Question Time, Sunday Morning Live, Channel 4, Channel 5, BBC1, BBC2, BBC4 and various ITV programmes including The Big Questions. Julie is a regular guest on Sky News Press Preview for the past decade. She has also appeared in Netflix documentaries.

Selected radio appearances in the last decade

  • Numerous BBC Radio 4 programmes including Any Questions, Late-Night Woman's Hour, Moral MazeStart the Week and Woman's Hour. Julie has also appeared on BBC Radio 3’s Freethinking and Nightwaves, BBC Radio 5 Live and presents press reviews on Late Night 5 Live. She also hosts LBC’s press previews and has given numerous stand-alone interviews.
  • A Critical Examination of Responses to Prostitution in Four Countries: Victoria, Australia; Ireland; the Netherlands; and Sweden, Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit of London Metropolitan University, 2003, Bindel, J & Kelly, L.
  • Profitable Exploits: Lap Dancing in the UK, London, Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit of Metropolitan University, 2004, Bindel, J. 
  • Out of Sight?: An Examination of the Off-street Sex Industry in Glasgow, with Additional Information on Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Sterling, Bindel, J and Holmes, P, 2005
  • No Escape? An Investigation into London's Service Provision for Women Involved in the Commercial Sex Industry, Bindel, J, 2006
  • Press for Change: A Guide for Journalists Reporting on the Trafficking of Women, Bindel, J. CATW, 2006
  • Big Brothel - A Survey of the Off-Street Sex Industry in London, Bindel, J; Atkins, H, Poppy Project, 2008
  • Slavery: Enfield’s 21st Century ATM, Atkins, H and Bindel, J, 2008
  • Who Buy Sex: Who They Buy and What They Know. A research study of 103 men who describe their use of trafficked and non-trafficked women in prostitution, and their awareness of coercion and violence. Bindel, J. Farley, M, and Golding, J, 2009.
  • Breaking Down the Barriers: A Study of How Women Exit Prostitution. Bindel, J et al, Eaves and London South Bank University, 2012
  • Capital Exploits: A Study of Prostitution and Trafficking in London. Prepared by Eaves for the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, 2012
  • Reframing Reporting of Childhood Sexual Exploitation, Journalism Practice. Sarah Niblock & Julie Bindel, Taylor and Francis online, 2017


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