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Selling sex doesn't make you an unfit parent

Selling sex doesn't make you an unfit parent | Sex Work | Scoop.it

"It's absurd that sex workers don't have more protection, and their reputation suffers from the victimization. Jasmine suffered from the reputation and from someone spreading lies about her," explained Jacobsson, who had professional ties with Jasmine through Rose Alliance, where the mother of two was a board member.

Jasmine told her colleagues in the Rose Alliance that the district court took away her children because she "romanticized sex work" and that it deemed her an unfit parent. Social services received a tip-off suggesting the she was using drugs and drinking in front of her children. There were even suggestions that the 27-year-old was working from home, Jacobsson told The Local.

"This couldn't be further from the truth. For one thing, she hardly touched alcohol, but also, she was an upper-class sex worker. She would be coming into Stockholm from Västerås to luxury hotels, just once or twice a week, for a fee of around 4,000 kronor ($610) per hour," she added.

"She was doing it all for her kids. And she enjoyed doing it. You tell me another job where a mother can earn 6,000 or 7,000 kronor a week and still remain a stay-at-home mum."

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Sex Workers Rise Up After Fatal Stabbings

Sex Workers Rise Up After Fatal Stabbings | Sex Work | Scoop.it

If you passed by the Turkish or Swedish consulates in New York on Friday, you may have seen a knot of sex workers and their supporters holding red umbrellas—both as a symbol of sex workers' rights and a shield against the sun on what was the hottest day of the year. The protestors, about a dozen at their peak, kept a spirited vigil over several hours, chanting, passing out fliers, and fielding questions from midtown Manhattan's business attire class. One man on the Park Avenue sidewalk in front of the Swedish consulate asked nervously, "Are you all… professionals?" Some protestors turned their heads and smiled.

 

The New York action accompanied rallies in 36 cities and on four continents for an international day of action demanding an end to the stigma and violence against sex workers’ communities. Two recent murders sparked the protests: of Dora Özer, a sex worker and trans woman from Kuşadası in Turkey who was stabbed by a man posing as a client on July 9, and of Petite Jasmine, a sex worker and mother of two children stabbed by her ex-husband in Sweden on July 11. Calls for justice for Dora and Jasmine, prompted by the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE), spread quickly through social media in the week leading up to Friday's actions.

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What India’s Sex Workers Want: Power, Not Rescue

What India’s Sex Workers Want: Power, Not Rescue | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Anu Mokal wasn't breaking the law when she was out walking with her friend last year, yet to the police, her very existence was criminal. As a sex worker in the Indian state of Maharashtra, she lives under various laws aimed at criminalizing the sex trade, supposedly to protect women from exploitation. But it was the law that became her assailant that day when a police officer viciously attacked her, hurling insults and beating her severely.

 

Mokal pleaded that she was pregnant, but—according to Meena Seshu, founder and general secretary of SANGRAM, a sex workers’ rights and anti-HIV/AIDS organization—the officer accused her of lying and said sex workers had "no right to be mothers." A few weeks after the assault, she miscarried.

 

India has not outlawed sex work itself, but sex workers face various restrictions on related activities such as soliciting in public or pimping. The law had left her defenseless, however, against the violence of the state. Fortunately, another advocate stepped in on her behalf: SANGRAM and its affiliated sex worker activist collective, Veshya Anyay Mukti Parishad (VAMP). The activists demanded that Maharashtra politicians investigate the beating and institute reforms, including a grievance commission to address abuses of sex workers' human rights.

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Can’t deny admission to children of sex workers: State - Indian Express

Can’t deny admission to children of sex workers: State - Indian Express | Sex Work | Scoop.it

CRACKING the whip on schools flouting norms, the state has issued a government resolution (GR) that categorically says admission cannot be denied to children of sex workers and transgenders.

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Being Arrested Made Me Believe So Much More In My Sex Work

Being Arrested Made Me Believe So Much More In My Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it
This week, Cate gets arrested and thinks about life while waiting behind bars: it also renews her beliefs that sex work should be safe and legal for all.
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Promoting Human Rights versus Promoting Prostitution

Promoting Human Rights versus Promoting Prostitution | Sex Work | Scoop.it

People have always bought and sold sex, sometimes risking shame or punishment. But these days, simply helping a sex worker can have costly legal and financial consequences.

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In Germany, Sex Workers Get Special Training To Serve The Disabled

In Germany, Sex Workers Get Special Training To Serve The Disabled | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Crossing two taboo topics: prostitution and the sexuality of the physically and mentally handicapped.


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Paris Agency Introduces Come4.org, a Porn Site Devoted to Charity (NSFW)

Paris Agency Introduces Come4.org, a Porn Site Devoted to Charity (NSFW) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

What if being bad could do some good? That's the question asked by Come4.org, which describes itself as "the first user-generated, nonprofit pornography site devoted to funding charitable and ethically driven projects."

 

The site is being unveiled with help from the Paris office of TBWA agency Being, which crafted an explicit 90-second short film, "The Lover," introducing Come4's first charitable initiative—helping to fund the Asta Philpot Foundation, which is committed to raising public awareness about the sexual rights of disabled people. (Philpot, an American living in Britain, advocates the right to an active sexual life for people with disabilities, even if it means paying for sex.)

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Not sexy, but it’s all in a day’s work

Not sexy, but it’s all in a day’s work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Decriminalisation, it is claimed, would also guarantee better working conditions, and allow sex workers to report brothel owners involved in such crimes as trafficking or exploiting children as sex workers. Furthermore, the commission argued, sex workers would also have to declare their earnings and pay tax - which would give a fresh impetus to the perennial complaint of being screwed by SARS.

 

Anyway, there was such an egalitarian wholesomeness to all this - and who’s not for giving everyone some of that human dignity? - that reporters were duly dispatched to street corners to speak to whoever they found there on the game. The story they came back with was not so much that the activities of, let’s say, Lebo (“not her real name”) or Lola (“not his real name”) should be decriminalised, but rather that we must do all we can to keep the police away from these people.

 

The Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Task Force - which scares the horses under the very unappealing acronym of Sweat - recently completed a national survey of sex workers and found that 76 percent of them claim to have been robbed, raped and unlawfully arrested by the police. Given that there are more than 150 000 sex workers in the country, that’s a pretty large chunk of alleged rape and robbery.

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Sex work should be legalised

Sex work should be legalised | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Sex work is just work. There is nothing so outrageous about the body being used as a means to generate income that the state must intervene to prevent us from doing so.

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Erotic Awards 2013: Shining a light on disabled sex

Erotic Awards 2013: Shining a light on disabled sex | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The sexual needs of disabled people are thrust into the spotlight at the 2013 Erotic Awards
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Gender group calls for decriminalisation of sex work

Gender group calls for decriminalisation of sex work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Sex workers in Johannesburg are demanding fair rights to operate within their industry. The Commission for Gender Equality says it has embarked on an investigation into how the law affects sex work.

 

It has discovered that the current laws which criminalise sex work in South Africa have failed sex workers and perpetuate abuse of their Constitutional rights. The Commission was briefing the media in Johannesburg on Thursday.

 

The Commission’s Janine Hicks says that the correct approach is to regard sex work as ordinary work, and allow the industry to be governed by existing labour and business laws intended to prevent unsafe, exploitative and unfair business practices.

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Activist Spotlight: Nine, on Bad Policies and Holding Abolitionists To Account

Activist Spotlight: Nine, on Bad Policies and Holding Abolitionists To Account | Sex Work | Scoop.it

I spent six and a half years at a sex work project, from 2002 to 2009, providing outreach services to sex workers on the streets, in flats, saunas and massage parlors, and online. I gave out condoms and needles, linked people up with specialist services, took reports of violence and circulated them to other sex workers, provided emotional support, gave advice on legalities and personal safety—basically I just responded to whatever issues sex workers brought to me. However, we were sometimes limited in terms of what we could actually do, given that we were operating on pretty much a shoestring, and adequate support was not always available to sex workers from other agencies. I guess that’s what happens when the funding is almost entirely focused on sexual health, as if sex workers couldn’t possibly have any other needs. Hi, I may be ranting already.

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China sex workers 'abused by police'

China sex workers 'abused by police' | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Sex workers in China are subject to abuse by police, including physical assault, arbitrary detentions and extortion, a new report says.
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A sex worker's response to columnist Mia Freedman's blog in which implied that she does not respect the right of women with mental illness to become sex workers.

A sex worker's response to columnist Mia Freedman's blog in which implied that she does not respect the right of women with mental illness to become sex workers. | Sex Work | Scoop.it

As a sex worker who has both mental illness(es) and a history of abuse Mia Freedman’s post perpetuates stereotypes and stigmas that harm me. Should my mental illness prevent me from having any agency? Didn’t we do away with locking the mentally ill up and throwing away the key (although this still does happen) because we (as a society) started to recognise the mentally ill as humans with rights? Or do we only have some rights? Like the right to work in a low paying, menial job or the right to exist (not live because let’s face it, it isn’t a living wage) on the disability support pension and that is if you even qualify for it, if you don’t you can always try and get by on unemployment “benefits” while you are made to apply for jobs you will never get. Surely I still have the right to have sex don’t I? I can’t see Mia Freedman advocating for enforced chastity belts for the mentally ill. So, if I have the right to work and the right to have sex, what is wrong with me having sex as my work?

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Litigation for Emancipation | Cult of Gracie

Litigation for Emancipation | Cult of Gracie | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Litigation for Emancipation is a GoFundMe project to raise enough funds to begin a federal court case proposed by Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project (ESPLER). ESPLER’s legal battle aims to advance our sexual privacy rights by attacking the prostitution law of the state of California on the grounds that morality is not a basis for legislation.

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In the video, you'll hear from First Amendment and constitutional rights attorney H. Louis Sirkin about the legal issues and history of prostituion involved in this case.

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Big Susie's brings fight for sex workers' rights to Hamilton

Big Susie's brings fight for sex workers' rights to Hamilton | Sex Work | Scoop.it

At the moment, the group's main goals, is to lobby against laws and social misconceptions that, it says, discriminate against sex workers. These factors, Scream notes, are among the greatest threats to their wellbeing.

“There isn't a minimum labour standard like there is with other jobs. Many other jobs have health and safety risks involved as well, but because sex work is criminalized we don't have access to danger pay, sick leave or workers' compensation.”

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Sex Worker Open University

Sex Worker Open University | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Sex Worker Open University is a project created by an for sex workers. You might beworking as an escort, rent boy, porn actress/actor, professional dominatrix or submissive, cam model, erotic masseuse, sexual healer or street worker; this is a place to socialize, learn new skills, and create events together.Our aim is to empower our community through workshops, debates, actions and art project as well as fighting against our criminalisation.

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Why sex workers deserve better | Herald Scotland

Why sex workers deserve better | Herald Scotland | Sex Work | Scoop.it

WHAT do you know about the sex industry?

 

Or do you choose to know nothing?

 

Glasgow is hosting the Sex Workers' Rights Festival, a series of events protesting against plans to further criminalise their work, a move they believe will make prostitution more dangerous for the men and women involved. A Sex Worker Open University (Swou) event this weekend will ask for protection at work and human rights.

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Anti-Prostitution Pledge Puts Free Speech at Risk

Anti-Prostitution Pledge Puts Free Speech at Risk | Sex Work | Scoop.it

We reminded the Supreme Court of the danger of measures that – like the Anti-Prostitution Pledge – pressure citizens to pledge loyalty to government-prescribed views. The Court will hear argument in the case on April 22, and will render its judgment in the coming months. Let us hope that the Court comes down against the Pledge, reaffirming the freedom of belief.

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Why Are We Afraid To Talk About Gay Porn?

Why Are We Afraid To Talk About Gay Porn? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

After I was invited by a student group at Corning Community College to give a talk on sex and culture, my presentation was canceled when the school's president found out that I do porn. This is exactly why we need to have more candid conversations about sex, porn and American culture.

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Why is so much of the discussion aimed at young people while only the actual adult stuff is aimed at the adults who really could use some growing up in that area?
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On International sex workers day Sierra Leonean women in the trade want it legalized

On International sex workers day Sierra Leonean women in the trade want it legalized | Sex Work | Scoop.it

On the 12th annual International Sex Workers day which is celebrated every year on March 3, the Movement of Vulnerability and Empowerment (MVE) an NGO in Sierra Leone is calling on the government to legalize prostitution.

Prostitution is illegal in Sierra Leone and commercial sex workers are often harassed by the police. They accuse organizations like the MVE of encouraging underage  girls to work in ghettos, bars, pubs, etc as commercial sex workers. The MVE is quick to brush off these accusation.

 

“We don’t allow anyone below the age of 25yrs to work as sex worker,” says Ms. Felicia Williams, a commercial sex worker and Public Relation Officer of MVE.

 

“I am a mother of two beautiful kids that are going to school, I care and cater for them. I won’t encourage them to get into prostitution until they are 25 years old,” added Ms. Williams. The MVE has branches across Sierra Leone which registers sex workers and encourages them to have healthy and protective sex lives.

 

“Most of these women are married myself included, because of that we wouldn’t want a situation wherein they will take sicknesses from the street to their homes,” said Ms.Watey Kondeh, a commercial sex worker and co-ordinator at the Cline Town division. Ms. Kondeh stresses on the area sex workers being harassed by the police and gangsters in Freetown.

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No Real Wedding Rings, Just Burning Rings Of Fire: The Jerry Enriquez & Wilfried Knight Suicides

No Real Wedding Rings, Just Burning Rings Of Fire: The Jerry Enriquez & Wilfried Knight Suicides | Sex Work | Scoop.it

By now you’ve likely heard that gay porn star, and 2010 GayVN Performer of the Year, Wilfried Knight has killed himself, just a matter of days after his husband, Jerry Enriquez, had committed suicide. While suicide ought never to be simplified, the major strain on this couple was the fact that they were not accepted as a couple.

 

...Along with the struggle for gay rights and immigration status there was another issue in this that’s been largely ignored in the coverage: that of Knight’s status as a sex worker. He wrote the following ~ a long preamble to the entire story of his struggle and loss, which shows just how much the stigma of sex work affects the acceptance and understanding of grief. That addition status of “porn star” was like another circle in Dante’s hell for Knight

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Red-Blooded Thing: Porn Chart Porn!

Red-Blooded Thing: Porn Chart Porn! | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Someone has taken the time to chart ten thousand porn stars by a variety of statistics,

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Racism, bra size, and acts...

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Egyptian Prosecutor Orders a Ban on Internet Porn | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Egyptian Prosecutor Orders a Ban on Internet Porn | Electronic Frontier Foundation | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Censorship circumvention software is about to become very popular in Egypt. On Wednesday, the country’s Prosecutor General, Abdel Maguid Mahmoud, ordered government ministries to enforce a ban on pornographic websites, based on a three-year old ruling by Egypt’s administrative court, which declared that “freedom of expression and public rights should be restricted by maintaining the fundamentals of religion, morality and patriotism” and denounced pornographic content as “venomous and vile.”

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