Savage Love Letter of the Day

Most potential clients I hear from—men and women—don't want to employ a sex worker who has been coerced into doing sex work either by another person or by their personal circumstances. But whatever brought someone to sex work, all sex workers should be treated with compassion—and contra this letter writer, not all sex workers will welcome suggestions on how they can improve their lives.

NH Action Alert issued by US PROStitutes Collective

Global Women’s Strike testified in support of a bill to decriminalize prostitution in New Hampshire.  A Sub Committee of the NH Legislature agreed to study the issue and are meeting on September 5.  Please see Action Alert from the US PROStitutes Collective and write or call sub-committee members in support of decriminalization!

Scotland Sex Worker Op/Edi Sentiment

The Scottish Government is pouring money into projects which push vulnerable people into the criminal justice system via the police. [A Scottish rescue organization] responded by saying it would be 'out of their hands' if the police were to arrest women involved in prostitution, who did not comply [with forced rescue]. Not exactly the holistic person-centred approach that we had been hoping for that all women should be entitled to. Far from it. I asked if they would contact the police if someone did not agree to the diversion programme, to which she said yes. "How scary is that?" Original article: https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/11391/laura-lee-open-letter-ash-regan-denham-msp-sex-workers-rights#

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

How Did We Miss That Kate D’Adamo Was Fired From NH Task Force?

Manchester police officials said in response they wanted (Kate) D’Adamo fired because her personal views violated the federal grant that paid her salary. According to one of the 41 stipulations of the grant, the Manchester Police Department cannot promote, support or advocate for the legalization of prostitution. The stipulation also prohibits Manchester police from using grant funds to promote, support or advocate for the legalization of prostitution, according to grant paperwork. klandrigan@unionleader.com

ESPU-PHILLY Endorses the Consensus Statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in Criminal Law Reform

ESPU-PHILLY Endorses the Consensus Statement on HIV "Treatment as Prevention" in Criminal Law Reform. This is because the two biggest problems with almost all HIV criminal laws and prosecutions are that 1) they focus on HIV disclosure rather than on whether the PLHIV had an intent to do harm; and 2) HIV laws’ felony punishment and severe sentences treat any risk of HIV infection as the equivalent of murder or manslaughter. An April 2017 Pub Med article confirms: - diagnosis rates and laws criminalizing HIV exposure in the United States found no association between HIV or AIDS diagnosis rates and criminal exposure laws across states over time, suggesting that these laws have had no detectable HIV prevention effect.

Dr. Anita Ravi for the Inquirer: What politicians don’t say about Medicaid and human trafficking victims

I am a family medicine physician who has worked in Philadelphia and New York City for three years, and I know how the BCRA will affect trafficked people: It will unequivocally harm them. I know this because I run the Institute for Family Health’s PurpLE Clinic (Purpose: Listen and Engage) in New York City, which provides health care for human trafficking survivors. Senators who tout the horrors of human trafficking must choose between supporting survivors or supporting the BCRA.

USPROS: On The “Prioritizing Safety for Sex Workers” Policy, California 

Sex workers demand law enforcement focus their efforts on sex crimes and human trafficking. US PROS Collective | The US PROStitutes Collective (US PROS) is a multiracial network of women who work or have worked in different areas of the sex industry. Founded in 1982, US PROS campaigns for the decriminalization of prostitution and for justice, protection and resources so that no woman, young person or man is forced into prostitution through poverty or violence.