TLM Online Presents: Sex Workers and the COVID-19 Crisis

Please join US PROS and others for a digital panel on Sex Workers and COVID-19 sponsored by the Tenderloin Museum. You’ll need to register first (see link below).   TLM Online Presents: Sex Workers and the COVID-19 Crisis Wednesday, April 29, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Google Calendar  ICS As with many industries, San Francisco's shelter-in-place order decimated the … Continue reading TLM Online Presents: Sex Workers and the COVID-19 Crisis

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.