International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

17Dec09

This is today, December 17th. This is how I became an activist, having already experienced harm in the industry, but I knew that I was lucky over what happened to me, compared to the many sex workers who are beaten, raped, or killed. Dec. 17th was started by Dr. Annie Sprinkle after the Green River Killer was sentenced. He admitted that he went after sex workers because they were easy targets and no one would look for them.

We had two several killings close to home this year: Milwaukee and Cleveland. Reports by the Sex Workers Project show that large numbers (46% and 80%) of indoor and outdoor workers face violence. I think that regardless of where you stand on the exploitation/empowerment debate (I personally think sex work is either purely), you can agree that no one deserves this. It’s not an occupational hazard.

These high percentages are the physical proof that stigma and shame kill. Whether you’re calling us “whores” or “victims,” until we can live free of being fucking prey for serial killers and violent people, we will never truly be free.

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One Response to “International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers”

  1. “until we can live free of being fucking prey for serial killers and violent people, we will never truly be free.”

    awesome 🙂


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