Sex Worker Outreach Project Joins Local Opposition To Controversial Condom Charges By Megan Harris

Sex Worker Outreach Project Joins Local Opposition To Controversial Condom Charges By Megan Harris Local health and social justice experts say the recent criminalization of condom possession discourages sex workers from practicing safe sex and could lead to a broader public health problem. Possessing an instrument of crime under Pennsylvania law usually refers to weapons or body armor, but can include legal items used for criminal purposes. Data reported recently by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review show police in Allegheny County classified condoms as those instruments in one-third of prostitution cases reviewed last year. - | 90.5 WESA

Today we trade fear for sanctuary

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner Inauguration: Today we start the long road towards empowering and protecting some of our most vulnerable witnesses and survivors: immigrants that lack legal status so that they like other vulnerable groups - young people, elderly people, sex workers - can participate in the criminal justice system that is there to protect them. Today we trade fear for sanctuary. 

Art For Social Justice: Street Workers On View

The Sanctuary dome will be part of a temporary installation about Philadelphia Sex Workers, and the violence they face. Assembled at The Philadelphia Museum of Art beginning Sept. 9. More information at: https://www.thefix.com/sex-workers-and-drug-users-speak-out-philadelphia

SWOP Behind Bars Talks To PHILLY CAM About Prostitution, Re/Entry & Lack Of  Expungement 

Did you know prostitution convictions cannot be expunged in Pennsylvania? At a time when most all other non-violent crimes are being erased from public record, prostitutes are forced into LEAD, Rescue Diversion, must accept a permanent sex crime conviction on their record. SBB connects with PHILLY CAM!

Democracy for America Endorses Krasner 

Democracy for America chair Jim Dean told PW that the organization’s local affiliated group Philly for Change has “a strong track record of electing progressive candidates who are committed to battling income inequality and structural racism.” We’ll be mobilizing that grassroots support to elect Larry Krasner as Philadelphia’s next District Attorney.” Mums still the word on rumors that billionaire George Soros and his political war chest will come to Krasner’s aid in time for the May 16 primary.

Pennsylvania Defined As  Draconian On Prostitution 

According to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), at least 914 individuals, mainly women, were imprisoned state-wide for repeat prostitution charges from 2010 through 2015. The astronomical financial cost to imprison women with prostitution convictions presents a compelling reason to abolish recidivist provisions for prostitution.

Philly Combats Sexual Slavery in City

Philly Combats Sexual Slavery in City with 1.3 million dollar task force grant. Intensifying efforts to combat human trafficking, authorities Wednesday announced a new task force - funded by a $1.3 million federal grant - to sharpen the focus on "a wretched crime" that makes sex slaves of vulnerable adults and children. "It's a global … Continue reading Philly Combats Sexual Slavery in City

18/2257: Exposed As Unconstitutional In Philadelphia Court

U.S. Judge: Key Portions of 2257 Are Unconstitutional     A federal judge today, siding with the Free Speech Coalition and other plaintiffs, declared unconstitutional key portions of 18 U.S.C. §§2257 and 2257A, the federal performer record-keeping statutes for adult entertainment producers. U.S. Judge: Key Portions of 2257 Are Unconstitutional By Rhett Pardon Jan 6, … Continue reading 18/2257: Exposed As Unconstitutional In Philadelphia Court

2016 Sex Work Year in Review 2016

A Pa prostitute details stepping back into the industry amidst unexpectedly intense and changing legal and legislative crossfire. Her Year in Review explores the issues of being a victim/Survivor/WORKER.

2016 D17 Philadelphia: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers has been recognized since 2003 and various memorial events have been held in Philadelphia since 2012. This is the first time a formal event is being held at City Hall, in direct response to ongoing attacks in Kensington, and the fact that a violent predator is still on the loose. Organizers M. Dante and Eris Vayle commented: “Brutal attacks and murders should not be synonymous with sex work. We hope to help deescalate the violence here in Philadelphia, and all of Pennsylvania. Our collective hopes to shed light and love to remind our community that justice for sex workers is a human rights issue. The violence dehumanizes us all, not just those who are the immediate victims.”