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Comment: Sex workers rights are not up for debate

Comment: Sex workers rights are not up for debate | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A New Statesman debate on sex work saw some feminist campaigners question prostitutes' ability to consent to sex work - but all they're doing is putting women at risk of violence
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Dan Savage: How does Dan feel about the rights of sex workers? - YouTube

"How does Dan feel about the rights of sex workers?" Follow Dan Savage on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DanSavage Follow Dan Savage on Twitter: https://...
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I don't know who Dan Savage is but he make some good points about the issue of legalizing prostitution...

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I am not a perfect victim

I am not a perfect victim | Sex Work | Scoop.it
I am not a perfect victim. If, heaven forbid, anything ever happened to me, the new reports would not read “Rain DeGrey, wife, writer and activist, loving owner of 2 dogs and 2 cats” but rather “Rain DeGrey BDSM porn star” and that label skews everything else you might read. I would, in some way, *deserve* whatever happened to me because of my day job.

I never factored in that when I decided to become a Professional Naked Person that I would be trading in some basic rights as a result.
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Ten Reasons to Fight for the Decriminalization of Sex Work

Ten Reasons to Fight for the Decriminalization of Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Ten Reasons to Fight for the Decriminalization of Sex Work
This is a great resource however the first slide that implies trans people are a third gender category is cissexist, transphobic and...
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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, April 19, 3:22 PM

There will always be a demand to purchase sex. Criminalization has never and will never eliminate this demand.

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GoFundMe cancels sex workers' legal fundraising efforts

GoFundMe cancels sex workers' legal fundraising efforts | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Crowdfunding platforms continue to make it clear that sex workers are not welcome.
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Note to anti-prostitutionists: Sex worker movements are nothing to sneer at

Note to anti-prostitutionists: Sex worker movements are nothing to sneer at | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Laura Agustin debunks lies told about her and the history of a whole social movement in favour of sex worker rights by a fundamentalist Swedish feminist.
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George Bernard Shaw's Politics Of Sex Work Still Apply Today (Are You Really Surprised?)

George Bernard Shaw's Politics Of Sex Work Still Apply Today (Are You Really Surprised?) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The very real economic component of gender disparity, of how male privilege affects women, continues to be heard in serious talks about modern sex work and feminism today. The issue of censorship limiting discussions of the same — as well as discussions and depictions of truth, sexuality, and other taboos — also continues.

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Join Pivot as the Sex Workers' Rights Campaigner

Join Pivot as the Sex Workers' Rights Campaigner | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Pivot is looking for a full-time staff lawyer to lead our sex workers’ rights campaign.
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You are a passionate, trans-positive, feminist lawyer with a deep understanding of the human rights issues faced by sex workers in Canada and the fight for decriminalization of adult sex work.
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The competing rights of consenting adults and sex trafficking victims

The competing rights of consenting adults and sex trafficking victims | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Many experts agree that people in the sex trade are there by varying degrees of consent.


Head of the PSNI Organised Crime Branch, Detective Chief Superintendent Roy McComb, told MLAs on the Justice Committee recently that “the greater number of people involved in prostitution here are not victims of trafficking” but added that there is “a spectrum of people” regarding consent and vulnerability.


Similarly, a major study by the Association of Chief Police Officers, called ‘Setting the Record Straight’, found that of 17,000 foreign sex workers in Great Britain, some 15pc were “very vulnerable” and trafficked and that around 32pc were largely independent.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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