Tomorrow is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. We come together with sex workers, allies and advocates from around the world to recognize that the stigma surrounding sex work contributes to violence committed against us. We cannot achieve the justice we deserve, such as safe working conditions and fair treatment by police, without your donations!
This day of recognition was originally founded in 2003 by the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) and Annie Sprinkle. “Every year when I create or attend a gathering on December 17, it is a deeply moving experience. I take some moments to feel grateful that I worked as a prostitute for so many years and came out alive. I remember those who didn’t survive and I fear for those who won’t unless real changes are made — namely safer working conditions and the same police protection other citizens get without recrimination,” Sprinkle said in a 2008 Op-Ed. Over the past 11 years it has grown into a day of vigils, actions, and events in cities around the world. We seek call attention to the all-too-frequent violence committed against sex workers. These events address a plethora of issues relating to the discrimination and stigma surrounding sex work, all of which allows violence committed against sex workers to remain unchecked by our collective communities and justice system.
On a daily basis, sex workers in the United States and across the globe face severe repression, stigmatization, marginalization, violence, and human rights abuses. They are often left vulnerable to exploitation and abuse by the police. This impacts extend beyond their daily safety and also contributes to a reluctance to seek medical care and other social services, for fear of stigma, mistreatment, risk of arrest, or refusal of services.
This year we ask you to join us in our efforts to fight for sex workers’ rights, protection against violence, and the elimination of stigma. Make a contribution today so we can continue to honor this day and remember the strength of those we have known, loved, and worked alongside of. Help us raise funds so we can raise the voices of sex workers around the globe!
Sex Workers’ Rights are Human Rights!