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.

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#

Lady Finger India On Decriminalization 

On what the government should actually do to help sex workers: It would be to not only decriminalise, but to ensure occupational hazards are not there, to ensure safety. Just decriminalisation is not going to help anyone. You’ll have to decriminalise such that safe working conditions can be instituted. So you decriminalise, then institute safe working conditions, then sex workers will start becoming safe. Today when organising and collectivising sex workers, that is the environment that we can see: this is how a decriminalised set up will look like. The collectivisation gives you a support that keeps you safe from petty political criminal elements, goondas. That gives you an environment of safety and being organised to fight violations and violence.

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!

Dr. Zhana: Sex Workers Mental Health 

No published U.S.-based research looks at different mental health profiles across different types of sex workers. But this 2010 Swiss study offers a rare glimpse. In Switzerland, sex work is not illegal, and in 2005 in Zurich, there were about 4,000 legally registered female sex workers. For this study, researchers recruited 193 of them, contacted through a variety of locations (outdoors, studios, bars, cabarets, parlors, brothels and escort services), and interviewed them at length about their mental health and experiences with sex work

UPENN Participates In  Shared Research Published on Trafficking and Youth Homelessness; though still excludes local survivors 

New Research Concludes: Key to ending trafficking of young people is to eradicate youth homelessness first. For decades, one set of activists and legislators have fought to end human trafficking, while a different set have worked tirelessly to try to end homelessness. Activists and legislators have rarely teamed up to fight the two issues simultaneously. The study - released April 2017 - is shared by Covenant House, Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania, and Loyola University Modern Slavery Research Project in New Orleans. Bloggers note: UPENN has not been supportive of inclusion over my last three years of communication efforts.

International Sex Workers Rights Day is March 3rd

"Sex Workers Speak Out: Coast to Coast Perspectives About Canada's Harmful Laws" is part of International Sex Workers Rights Day, to be recognized March 3rd. The voices of workers in the sex trade will be showcased in a display at St. John's City Hall beginning today. Article re/post by Tara Bradbury tbradbury@thetelegram.com  Published on February … Continue reading International Sex Workers Rights Day is March 3rd

Amnesty International Policy in Brief

Suggested policy sets out states’ obligations to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of sex workers. It also details the actions by states that Amnesty International believes will best address the barriers that sex workers routinely face in realizing their rights. This policy is grounded in the principles of harm reduction, gender equality, recognition of the personal agency of sex workers, and general international human rights principles.

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.