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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 work’s real risks

Sex work’s real risks | Sex Work | Scoop.it
When we focus on the act of prostitution as the source of all problems in sex workers’ lives, we find victims where there are none – and ignore the state’s role in creating unnecessary dangers
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Safe on the Streets - The Weekly Wonk

Safe on the Streets - The Weekly Wonk | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A culture of violence surrounds the world of prostitution, but there’s a sensible way to make the profession safer for women: decriminalization.
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Peter MacKay's proposed new law could drive sex workers back underground

Peter MacKay's proposed new law could drive sex workers back underground | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Justice Minister Peter MacKay thinks that sex work is inherently dehumanizing.


Those who do such work, the Minister says, are victims to be helped, not criminals.


Nonetheless, in the new, proposed sex work legislation the Minister tabled in the House on Wednesday he would render illegal at least some of what those "victims" do.


For instance, the proposed legislation makes it against the law to advertize sexual services.


Such a prohibition, sex workers and their advocates say, would make it much more difficult for prostitutes to ply their trade in safe, indoors places.

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NYPD to Stop Seizing Sex Work Suspects' Condoms

NYPD to Stop Seizing Sex Work Suspects' Condoms | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The New York Police Department will no longer confiscate unused condoms from suspected sex workers to be used as evidence of prostitution, ending a longstanding practice that had been criticized by civil rights groups for undermining efforts to combat AIDS and other sexually transmitted...
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Safety Shoes For Sex Workers

Safety Shoes For Sex Workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The Aphrodite Project, named for the patron goddess of sex workers, has brought the strategies of sex workers' past to solving the needs of sex workers today by inventing what can best be described...
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Project ROSE Is Arresting Sex Workers in Arizona to Save Their Souls

Project ROSE Is Arresting Sex Workers in Arizona to Save Their Souls | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A moralistic program in Phoenix arrests sex workers in massive raids and brings them to a church, where they are held extrajudicially and offered alternative sentences without lawyers, judges, or due
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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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Who Killed the Jeff Davis 8?

Who Killed  the Jeff Davis 8? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A serial killer has allegedly been preying on Louisiana prostitutes. But a new investigation reveals a far scarier theory…


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Remembering Sex Workers Who Were Murdered In 2013 And Fighting To Make Sex Work Safe

Remembering Sex Workers Who Were Murdered In 2013 And Fighting To Make Sex Work Safe | Sex Work | Scoop.it
On Dec. 17, individuals around the world came together to remember and honor the lives of those in the sex work industry who have lost their lives to violence.
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A recap of the event & why it's an annual event.

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SEXUAL ASSAULT Safety Notice for Sex Workers in the Los Angeles/Orange County Area

SEXUAL ASSAULT Safety Notice for Sex Workers in the Los Angeles/Orange County Area | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Please Forward to Fellow Workers and Allies

 

A rape crisis line worker in the Newport, CA area has reported receiving calls from a man who claims he is raping and torturing sex workers. The information that follows is from an individual source, and is provided to the community as a safety precaution, not a claim of fact or an accusation against any particular individual. Please use your judgement and discretion when screening your clients.

 

HOW HE HAS IDENTIFIED HIMSELF TO THE COUNSELORS ON THE LINE:

 

Name: David/Alex/Thomas

Age: Mid to late 30s

Good looking, well kept. Owns a sedan and two dogs, a pit and a shitzu. Claims to have body modification, including a genital piercing and penis enlargement.

 

WHAT HE SAYS WHILE ON THE PHONE:

 

He moved from the New Jersey/New York Area to Southern California about 3 months ago. Claims to have targeted sex workers on the East coast as well, taking them to places in the Hamptons and on the Jersey Shore before he moved to SoCal. He calls the Newport, CA rape crisis line once he has a sex worker trapped. He says he cuts their breasts and rapes them. He says he wants to stop. He calls for an audience while he hurts people, and the crisis line counselor reports to have heard muffled/gagged crying and screaming in the background of the calls.

 

PHONE NUMBERS HE HAS USED WHEN CALLING THE RAPE CRISIS LINE:

 

(949)244-1030

(949)244-4702

 

WHAT ABOUT THE COPS?

 

The rape crisis center contacted both the Newport Police and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and they will not investigate based on the above information.

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF?

 

Screen new clients carefully, keep an eye out for a date who matches any of the above description, have the phone number of a trusted friend or local rape crisis line that is sensitive to sex workers always on your person.

 

Some Los Angeles Resources:

 

East Los Angeles Women’s Center | 323-526-5819 Project Sister Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc. | 909-626-4357 YWCA of Greater LA Sexual Assault Crisis Program | 310-763-9995

Some Orange County Resources:

Sexual Assault Victim Service | 949-975-0244 Sexual Assault Victim Services | 714-834-4317

 

We are always at some risk, but we can look out for each other. If you have any other information about this bad date please post in public.

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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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Risky business

Risky business | Sex Work | Scoop.it

So many of the dangers of sex work come from the laws and stigma surrounding it. Sex workers do not deserve violence or rape; these are not inherent dangers of the job. They’re things that happen because society chooses to demonize sex workers, to erase our value.

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One Benefit Of Legalised Prostitution Seen In New Zealand

One Benefit Of Legalised Prostitution Seen In New Zealand | Sex Work | Scoop.it
One of the great social public policy questions of our day is what is it that we should be doing about prostitution? Answers vary around the world: there are places where it is strictly verboeten and heavy punishments are meted out. There are also places like New Zealand and Germany [...]
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Murdered St Kilda prostitute Tracy Connelly was ‘easy prey’ says former sex worker

Murdered St Kilda prostitute Tracy Connelly was ‘easy prey’ says former sex worker | Sex Work | Scoop.it
UPDATE: MORE than 100 mourners have gathered in St Kilda to make a pledge to murdered sex worker Tracy Connelly and other victims of violent crime: you will not be forgotten.
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Did not care for this "sex work does attract the worst human beings" line; it would be more accurate to say that "vulnerable populations attract the worst human beings."

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Google reverses 'real names' policy, apologizes | ZDNet

Google reverses 'real names' policy, apologizes | ZDNet | Sex Work | Scoop.it
In a dramatic reversal from policy enforced since it was created three years ago, Google will now allow users to use any name they want across Google services.

Via Deanna Dahlsad
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If prostitution were legalized that guy wouldn't have shot those women

If prostitution were legalized that guy wouldn't have shot those women | Sex Work | Scoop.it
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“ "if prostitution were legalized that guy wouldn’t have shot those women"
HEY ASSHOLES GUESS WHAT
sex workers do not want unstable, VIOLENT men as clients
Sex workers are...
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Secondhand Rose: Do I Kiss & Tell? (Or, Why Sex Pros Make Better Bloggers)

Secondhand Rose: Do I Kiss & Tell? (Or, Why Sex Pros Make Better Bloggers) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Whether an escort, a Dominatrix, porn actor, stripper, a phone sex operator, or 'just' an author, we all learn quickly to take a stage name and live two lives. One life belongs to the entertainer; the other with family and friends.

We do this for several reasons.

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Safety Tip: Improper Use Of Photos & Files

Safety Tip: Improper Use Of Photos & Files | Sex Work | Scoop.it
We’ve discussed images and PSO safety before, purchased content or not, but some recent events have prompted me to mention them again. Several times in the past few weeks, a specific issue been bro...
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Commandments of FinDom*

Commandments of FinDom* | Sex Work | Scoop.it

I am helping My friend get into FinDom, and I realized that there were not comprehensive tutorials on how to avoid very common FinDom problems, all in one place. Without further ado:

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The Top Five Perils of Working in the Sex Industry

The Top Five Perils of Working in the Sex Industry | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Maybe I've just been unlucky, but a quick mental tot up reveals I've had the misfortune to have:


  • Been mugged
  • Been sexually harassed
  • Received a black eye
  • Needed to call the police six times due to being burgled and
  • Had my Facebook account trolled almost into oblivion


"Serves you right," some of you might remark when you hear that I'm a dominatrix. "What do you expect if you choose to work in such a dodgy, seedy sex industry..."


But you'd be wrong. None of those vile occurrences happened as a result of my choice of career. Nope, they all happened in my so-called 'normal' life where I was just an average person going about my everyday business. It seems to me that normal, everyday life is far scarier than when I'm in my dungeon waiting to whip a stranger.


So what are the top five perils I've discovered from working in the sex industry? In no particular order, here they are:

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Jack the Ripper copycat murders spark call for sex worker protection

Jack the Ripper copycat murders spark call for sex worker protection | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The nearest thing Jackie Summerford has to a grave for her murdered daughter is a small pine bookshelf in her front room. It is covered in poems, candles and trinkets – her way of remembering  her youngest child, Bonnie Barrett, who was murdered by a serial killer who police believe was imitating Jack the Ripper. 
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Safety First: Gifts & Wishlists For PSOs

Safety First: Gifts & Wishlists For PSOs | Sex Work | Scoop.it

It's that time of year again, when naughty phone sex callers want to send good little phone sex operators gifts. But there are some things both should know...

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Good info for sex workers and their clients to know.

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Good info for callers to know too.

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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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The Merseyside Model–Why Crimes Against Prostitutes Are Hate Crimes

The Merseyside Model–Why Crimes Against Prostitutes Are Hate Crimes | Sex Work | Scoop.it

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