December 17 is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, a day of both solemn remembrance and activism. The commemoration began in 2004 when the founders of the Sex Workers Outreach Project and sex educator, artist and activist Annie Sprinkle joined forces to remember the victims of the Green River Killer
CALL TO ACTION - SB233 - Allow Trafficking Victims and Sex Workers to Report Violence Without Fear of Arrest. This important bill sponsored by SWOP Sacramento, SWOP USA, SWOP LA, St James Infirmary, ESLERP, USPROS, and supported by the ACLU, San Francisco DA, SF County Superviors, and the Gender Health Center. which would prohibit the arrest of individuals engaged in sex work when they come forward as a witness or a victim of specified violent and serious crimes. It will also end the practice of using condoms as evidence of sex work related offenses. Individuals in the sex trade experience and witness extremely high rates of violence but are often reluctant to report crimes for fear of being arrested.