At SAFE we are excited that many are discussing the recent study by the Urban Institute about sex workers and managers of sex workers. While we are excited to see so many news outlets talking about sex work, we are weary of any study funded by the National Institute of Justice, who have a vested interest in justifying the criminalization of sex work in all forms. As a service organization we are committed to ending the coercion and economic exploitation of individuals in the sex trade, but believe this can only be achieved by empowering individuals and communities.
Here is some fabulous peer-reviewed scholarship about sex workers. For many of these the work was done by current or former sex workers, or sex worker voices were included not only as tokenized sound bytes but as leading stakeholders in research design and delivery.
Also, check out a review of the article by the Sex Workers Outreach Project here.