Thanks to Cris Sardina from Desiree Alliance for speaking for ALL sex workers at the National Women's March in Las Vegas: “This is my truth as I live it. I no longer give anyone permission to see me as less than. Don’t dismiss my womanhood. I am a sex worker. I am allowed to be here.”
Unfortunately, on January 17th, the Ninth Circuit of Appeals ruled against our court case, ESPLERP v Gascon [case #16-15927], and agreed with the lower District Court’s ruling to dismiss our case.
Police say approximately 100 illicit massage businesses operate throughout Philadelphia. “I’ve been a cop for 30 years and I had no clue,” said Philadelphia Police Lieutenant Gary Ferguson. “No idea that human trafficking and prostitution was this big a problem in Philadelphia.”
2018Women March Rhode Island Includes Sex Workers. COYOTE had a 60 people sign up for our email list, and over 100 people stopped at our table. Bella shared that, "We had strippers from Westerly, and we had students from 3 universities and several communities members asking how they can volunteer with Coyote RI. Most importantly we got to educate our community and explain how Uncle Sam is the biggest pimp in the USA."
We seek to remove the barriers to leaving the sex industry imposed by criminal law. Women selling sex onstreet may be arrested for loitering or soliciting[iii]; indoors, any way of working with or for another person creates a risk of prosecution[iv]. Clients are entirely criminalised onstreet and extensively indoors[v]. This means that almost anyone who encounters victims of trafficking in the sex industry has reason to fear arrest if they contact the authorities to report concerns. This complex and confusing mess of legislation endangers everyone in the sex industry. Only complete decriminalisation offers the wholesale reform necessary to create a legal framework that offers us the same human rights accorded to others.[vi]
History has certainly shown that women are capable of achieving great things. But, it’s much harder to do when stymied by an establishment that ignores or perpetuates the discrimination and stereotyping that still occurs every day.
NH HB 287 Yea 177 NaY 135 Congratulations Senator Edwards and everyone who contributed testimony to the Committee.
The husband of an ESPLER Project board member and acclaimed Dominatrix explains in a shared post from Facebook why he supports ESPLERP v Gascon (E v G). The ESPLER Project is a 501 C 3 non profit charity attempting to establish sexual privacy rights, and decriminalize consensual sex work.
As the founder and executive director of the Rhode Island Chapter of Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics (COYOTE RI), Bella looks to build and strengthen support networks for sex workers in Rhode Island and she works in close collaboration with activists nationwide. Bella's personal experiences with the criminal justice system over the past four decades give her unparalleled expertise in the areas of sex trafficking and sex worker rights. Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM 1220 Kingstown Rd Peace Dale, Rhode Island 02897 https://www.facebook.com/events/165195230759840/?active_tab=about