If we want to protect sex workers, we have to start listening to them.
Not all sex workers are women. The smart, kind and talented @dantedionys shares some thoughts on why it’s so important for sex workers to connect with each other. ✨ #SexWorkIsWork #InternationalDayToEndViolenceAgainstSexWorkers pic.twitter.com/nHeF7dveLO
— Erika Lust (@erikalust) December 12, 2017
The UN deemed the 17th of December the International Day to end Violence Against Sex Workers, and if you are following me on Twitter, you’ll see I was posting a thread about my new film “Sex Work is Work“, which includes in-depth interviews with the sex workers who perform in the film, on why they choose to do the work they do, what they think needs to be changed in the industry and how, and why sex work should be treated equally to other work – so that sex workers can pay taxes, be protected by the law, and have the ability to report a crime against them without fear of being arrested themselves.
— Erika Lust (@erikalust) December 13, 2017
sex work, which in most settings is criminalized, or due to discrimination based on gender, race, HIV
status, drug use or other factors. Most violence against sex workers is a manifestation of gender
inequality and discrimination directed at women, or at men and transgender individuals who do not
conform to gender and heterosexual norms, either because of their feminine appearance or the way
they express their sexuality.” — World Health Organization International
Ending violence against Sex Workers means full decriminalisation now.
The violence we experience is based on stigma, structural oppressions and harmful laws.#InternationalDayToEndViolenceAgainstSexWorkers #IDEVASW #SexWorkIsWork#Decrim pic.twitter.com/ZCFii4ucpm
— Dante Dionys (@DanteDionys) December 17, 2017