USPROS: CoVid 19

The Coronavirus is a Disaster for Sex Workers – April 24, 2020 PRESS RELEASE The Coronavirus is a Disaster for Sex Workers – We Need Resources! Contact: US PROStitutes Collective uspros@prostitutescollective.net Thousands of families in the US rely on the income from sex work to survive and have been thrown into a crisis by the coronavirus.

Wayne Rooney prostitute Helen Wood says ‘the only men that have been nice to me have been the ones that were paying’

Helen told MEN: "The only men that have been nice to me are the ones that were paying me. “I would say one of the top five questions I am asked is do you regret being an escort. Well no - I have some great memories. Could I say that about my family or those who I have called my boyfriend? No. That speaks volumes. “I’m not saying that I didn’t have options and I’d be lying if I said I chose the easy way out. Some days I was repulsed by it. “But when you can pick your child up from school and pay your bills on time and be comfortable, it felt like the right thing to do at the time.”

NEW: Pennsylvania Project

Torturing Sex Workers, with Melanie Dante: Ken’s guest is Melanie Dante discussing various issues surrounding the sex trades, badly needed decriminalization, and holes in the law that create “viminals”, i.e., making criminals out of victims of sexual abuse.

The War On Whores

Author and Whore, Maggie will be joined by Triple-X Secretary Kerry Porth and New Democratic Party candidate Sven Robinson will host a panel discussion following the film. The War on the Whores is a feature-length documentary that exposes the harms and waste of America’s escalating crackdown on sex work which masquerades as fighting sex trafficking and rescuing vulnerable women and girls caught up in sexual exploitation.


PA Women: Extreme Differences Of Opinion

One op editorial. Two totally different opinions. Posted below: Project SAFE's Aisha Mohammed's January op ed in Philly dot com, and Villa Nova's Legal Fellow Shea Rhodes discussing the op ed from an abolitionist perspective. Compare / Contrast. For those of us defined as youth survivors and adult sex workers we are caught between these radical extremes. As the PA motto goes its seems that No: both can’t survive!

Feature: Sex Workers Are Human Resources

JAN 10 • Thank you so much for your fair and balanced coverage of the 15th Annual IDTEVASW. Since 2012 SWOP and SAFE have strived to stand up and speak out in Philly on issues specific to stigma and gratuitous violence against sex workers. Folks are always amazed at how hard and painful this event is to do, yet in the end how truly blessed we are to be able to come together to do it. Many households in most areas of Greater Philadelphia, if not all of PA, are touched somehow by this issue. Talking about sex work and prostitution is hard. Living in shame and silence is harder. D/17 is not fun, though it is full of love. Truly. We are here because we have been there, and we care. Our voice is their voice. Thank you for covering the memorial. Words cannot even express the gratitude I feel right now. Philly is proving we got LOVE!

COYOTE RI: An open letter to Senator Whitehouse on upcoming EARN IT Act vote – Uprise RI

COYOTE RI: An open letter to Senator Whitehouse on upcoming EARN IT Act vote – Uprise RI — Read on upriseri.com/2020-06-30-coyote-ri/ COYOTE RI: An open letter to Senator Whitehouse on upcoming EARN IT Act vote By  COYOTE RI June 30, 2020 “Your office was not willing to review any of the evidence based research regarding … Continue reading COYOTE RI: An open letter to Senator Whitehouse on upcoming EARN IT Act vote – Uprise RI

Pride Screening of No Human Involved (with Q and A) Tickets, Sun, Jun 28, 2020 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite

Eventbrite - PJ Starr presents Pride Screening of No Human Involved (with Q and A) - Sunday, June 28, 2020 - Find event and ticket information. — Read on http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pride-screening-of-no-human-involved-with-q-and-a-tickets-109907811222 More about the film: In 2009 after she was sentenced to more than two years of imprisonment for solicitation of prostitution, Marcia Powell was locked … Continue reading Pride Screening of No Human Involved (with Q and A) Tickets, Sun, Jun 28, 2020 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite

The fight to decriminalise sex work | openDemocracy

COVID-19 threatens both the lives and livelihoods of sex workers yet governments look the other way. A new publication seeks to help sex workers get their attention. — Read on http://www.opendemocracy.net/en/beyond-trafficking-and-slavery/fight-decriminalise-sex-work/ COVID's many threats to sex workers Last January we released an expert discussion online about how to effectively argue for the decriminalisation of sex … Continue reading The fight to decriminalise sex work | openDemocracy

Police mistreatment of sex workers by Sarah Smit

The relationship between sex workers and the South African Police Service has always been strained, with both male and female workers levelling allegations of discrimination and harassment against law enforcers. But sex workers say intensified policing during the nationwide lockdown has made matters  far worse. As violence erupted in the United States over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, news broke of the death of a sex worker in police custody in Mowbray, Cape Town. - Sarah Smit

International Whores Day (IWD)


International Whores' Day or International Sex Workers Day is observed annually on June 2 of each year, honours sex workers and recognises their often exploited working conditions. The event commemorates the occupation of Église Saint-Nizier in Lyon by more than a hundred sex workers on June 2, 1975 to draw attention to their inhumane working conditions.[1] It has been celebrated annually since 1976. In German, it is known as Hurentag (Whore's Day). In Spanish-speaking countries, it is the Día Internacional de la Trabajadora Sexual, the International Day of the Sex Worker.