December 17th 2019 will be the 16th Annual International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers (IDTEVASW). All year data and narratives are assembled, generating a memorial list. In the effort to deescalate stigma and reduce violence we engage with community, family, non profits, advocacy organizations, law enforcement, and punitive powers to advocate for short and long term sex work specific professional and victim services.
December 17th International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers (D/17 for short) is a memorial. It is acknowledgement of lives lost.
2018 Fact Sheet
It should be noted that the Sex Worker community is largely unrecognized as it’s population. This is an injustice and impacts our ability to gather statistics about both our losses and our resiliency. Sex Workers as a demographic need to be recognized and supported and funded so that data can be accurately reflected. Here are some of the very limited facts based off of statistics we were able to gather:
• 23% of GLBT murder victims on the 2012 Anti-Violence Project report were killed while engaging in sex work.
• The homicide rate for female sex workers is estimated to be 204 per 100,000, according to a longitudinal study published in 2004. This constitutes a higher occupational mortality rate than any other group of women ever studied.
• A study of New York Street-Based Sex Workers reported that 80% of participants had reported experiencing violence, including 27% at the hands of police.
• In a report on violence against sex workers in India, 70% had reported abuse by police, and 80% had been arrested without evidence.