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Canada’s New Sex Laws Will Affect Elderly, Disabled Johns | VICE Canada

Canada’s New Sex Laws Will Affect Elderly, Disabled Johns | VICE Canada | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Sarah Ratchford talks to the elderly johns and people with disabilities who will be affected by Canada's new sex work law, Bill C-36.
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Whose RedBook? Why Everyone Should be Concerned By the Seizure of MyRedBook.Com

Whose RedBook? Why Everyone Should be Concerned By the Seizure of MyRedBook.Com | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Last week, an online community for sex workers disappeared from the Internet. Visit SFRedbook.com, MyPinkBook.com, or MyRedBook.com right now, and you’ll only find the seals of the law enforcement agencies—the FBI, the DOJ, and the IRS—that seized the sites as part of a prostitution and money laundering investigation.
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I Watched Belle Knox Strip At A Gentlemen's Club

I Watched Belle Knox Strip At A Gentlemen's Club | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Despite my vehement support for Knox, her career and her right to make whatever choices she deems empowering and necessary, the overwhelming emotion I felt was discomfort. It was the least sexy sexual experience I've ever had....
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Insightful & honest response. Kudos to Alanna Vagianos for being able to dissect her personal response and individual choice from the rights involved in the discussion of sex work.

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Exotic Dancers Sue Strip Club for Labor Law Violation

Exotic Dancers Sue Strip Club for Labor Law Violation | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Exotic dancers at PT's Showclub in St. Louis are suing the strip club for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act by misclassifying them as independent contractors, rather than employees. To date, only one strip club in the U.S. has successfully unionized—the Lusty Lady, pictured here.

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What Rights?

What Rights? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Melinda Chateauvert will read excerpts from Sex Workers Unite! and sign copies of the book on Wednesday, March 12. For more information and to RSVP, visit http://sexworkersunite.eventbrite.com.
Do sex workers have rights? Put another way, can whores, hustlers, strippers, streetwalkers an...
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Sex worker wins harassment case

Sex worker wins harassment case | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A prostitute has won a landmark sexual harassment case against a Wellington brothel owner.
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"Sex workers are as much entitled to protection from sexual harassment as those working in other occupations. The fact that a person is a sex worker is not a licence for sexual harassment - especially by the manager or employer at the brothel."

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Human Rights for Sex Workers: An Interview with Melinda Chateauvert

Human Rights for Sex Workers: An Interview with Melinda Chateauvert | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Fifty countries treat sex work as a legitimate job, and it has been legalized with restrictions in eleven others. Nevertheless sex workers are still widely stigmatized, discriminated against, harassed, and, in those countries where prostitution is considered illegal, treated as criminals. This is especially true in the United States, which is one of the few industrialized nations that continues to criminalize prostitution. As Melinda Chateauvert reveals in her new book Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to Slutwalk, these laws have put sex workers at risk. 

 

Chateauvert agreed recently to talk with us about Human Rights Day and how important it is that the international campaign for human rights include sex workers, who have always been key activists in the struggles for gay liberation, women’s rights, reproductive justice, labor organizing, prison abolition, and other human rights–related issues.

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Activist Spotlight: Deon Haywood on Justice and the Movement in New Orleans

Activist Spotlight: Deon Haywood on Justice and the Movement in New Orleans | Sex Work | Scoop.it

In May of this year, I talked to Deon Haywood, Executive Director of Women With A Vision in New Orleans about her approach to organizing. WWAV scored a significant grassroots legal and political victory in the last year with the NO Justice campaign, which removed hundreds of cis and trans women from Louisiana’s registered felony sexual offender rolls. Deon is a longtime activist in the city of New Orleans, with a history of organizing low-income women of color around reproductive justice, harm reduction, and human rights.

 

...We are not all in the same boat. And if we keep playing like we are, we’re not really going to make the kind of change we’d like to see. Because the women I work with are never going to be able to jump into the sex workers’ rights movement. They don’t feel like that movement is for them.

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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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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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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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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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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 workers win reprieve over dole

Sex workers win reprieve over dole | Sex Work | Scoop.it
SEX workers have won a reprieve, and will be treated like any other worker if they become unemployed, after the Government backed down from plans to treat them differently when they wait for six months to get on the dole.
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Decriminalizing Prostitution | Criminal Law

Decriminalizing Prostitution | Criminal Law | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Prostitution is illegal in 49 of the 50 states, Nevada being the sole exception. But, some people believe that paid sex is so entrenched in our society that the focus should not be prosecuting it, but rather keeping it clean and safe. Others argue that it’s impossible to strip prostitution of exploitation, harassment, and violence, and that outright prohibition is the only tenable approach.

Is Prostitution Any of the Government’s Business?

In 2003, the Supreme Court acknowledged an adult's right to engage in private, consensual sex, by ruling that adults have a constitutional right to engage in private, homosexual conduct if they so choose. (Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003).)  Although the Supreme Court was careful to state that its ruling didn’t apply to prostitution, some argue that this ruling should be extended—that private, consensual sexual conduct should be allowed even where money changes hands.

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LectureHop: Sex Workers’ Rights are Trans Rights

LectureHop: Sex Workers’ Rights are Trans Rights | Sex Work | Scoop.it
On Thursday, The Gay Club (yes, that’s what it’s called) hosted a panel of queer activists (Emma Caterine, a community organizer at Red Umbrella Project; Dominick, author of Dean Johnson’s Reading for Filth; and Ryan Thoreson, a JD candidate at Yale Law School with extensive experience with LGBT NGOs) to discuss the issue of trans…
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In the Booth with Ruth - Meg Munoz, Former Sex Worker, Trafficking Survivor, Ally and Rights Advocate

In the Booth with Ruth - Meg Munoz, Former Sex Worker, Trafficking Survivor, Ally and Rights Advocate | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Too many human rights abuses are happening, too many opportunities being lost, and too many freedoms being denied... When you have those being trafficked being criminalized, we’ve got a problem. Wh...
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Let’s Call Sex Work What It Is: Work

Let’s Call Sex Work What It Is: Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Villainizing sex workers won’t improve their lives. Basic labor rights will.
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UNAIDS saddened by death of HIV and sex worker rights activist Andrew Hunter

UNAIDS saddened by death of HIV and sex worker rights activist Andrew Hunter | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is deeply saddened by the death of Andrew Hunter, who was known and respected for his tireless promotion of the rights of people from key populations most at risk of HIV, particularly sex workers.

 

Mr Hunter was a driving force of the sex workers rights movement globally and across Asia and the Pacific for decades. He was the President of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) and one of the founding members of the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) and NSWP.

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March of the Prostitutes in Costa Rica

March of the Prostitutes in Costa Rica | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Costa Rica News - For anyone that was in downtown over the past weekend you did not need to head to the Del Rey Hotel to see scantily clad women.  However this was not to promote sex tourism or prostitution in Costa Rica.
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Red Umbrella Project

Red Umbrella Project | Sex Work | Scoop.it

We amplify voices of people in the sex trades through media, storytelling, & advocacy trainings; monthly NYC storytelling events; campaigns for human rights.

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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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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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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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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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