Archive | December 2011

Why are sex workers’ rights supporters upset with Google?

Google announced last week that they are making the largest-ever corporate donation to “ending modern day slavery”: an impressive $11.5 million dollars. We applaud and support Google’s desire to fight slavery, forced trafficking, and exploitative labor conditions, but Google’s funding recipients include three NGOs that cause serious harm to sex workers around the world: International Justice Mission, Polaris Project, and Not for Sale. As front line sex worker support services struggle for funding to serve their communities, it is offensive to watch Google shower money upon a wealthy faith-based group like the International Justice Mission, which took in nearly $22 million dollars in 2009 alone. (In contrast, the St. James Infirmary, a San Francisco clinic that provides free healthcare to sex workers, operated on only $335k in 2010.)

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High whore holy day: A San Francisco tradition turns nine

Speaking out for sex: Posters from the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

PHOTO BY JOHN BONNAR

It was Saturday, December 17. A jazz funeral was being held for victims of violence against sex workers at the Center for Sex and Culture. Post-event, its message was still resonating in its attendees. “The holiday was beautiful,” sex activist and post-porn star Annie Sprinkle told the Guardian about the ninth year of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers that she helped to found.

Sex workers call for hate crime law, end to violence

As the Missing Women’s Inquiry continues, sex workers and supporters lit candles on the steps of a police detachment yesterday, part of a global day of action.

By David P. Ball

Sex workers and their allies rallied outside the Downtown Eastside (DTES) police station Saturday, calling on Vancouver police to treat women in the neighbourhood with respect, and to put a stop to violence against people in the sex industry.

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Sex workers won’t be ‘victims’

Protest draws attention to recent violence against prostitutes

By Meghan Hurley, Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa-based sex workers and their allies called for an end to prostitution sweeps Saturday during a protest held on Parliament Hill.

About 50 people participated in the protest, which took place just more than a week after Ottawa police chief Vern White issued an unprecedented public safety warning to women after police investigators discovered a pattern in homicides among city prostitutes.

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Sex workers squeezed out as once-debauched Montreal neighbourhoods go mainstream

BY ALLISON LAMPERT, POSTMEDIA NEWS DECEMBER 17, 2011

Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay looks up while work (reflected in window) at the corner of Saint Catherine St. East and St. Laurent Boulevard in 2008.
 Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay looks up while work (reflected in window) at the corner of Saint Catherine St. East and St. Laurent Boulevard in 2008.
Photograph by: Graham Hughes, Gazette file photo

MONTREAL — Megan huddles in the doorway of a St. Laurent Boulevard bar, her bare, blackened hands turning red in the Saturday morning cold.

The petite 19-year-old emerges onto the sidewalk to greet Jack and Mitch, two regulars of Montreal’s Main district who’ve been out drinking since Friday night and are ready for another round.

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The dangers of sex work in Canada

By Andrea Houston
Every night Lexi Tronic risks her life at work.
If she gets beaten or raped, she feels she can’t call police to report the attack because – at least for now – Tronic is also a criminal.
“What happens when you’re trapped in someone’s car with the doors locked? You don’t have any options. It’s fight or flight,” she says.
Tronic is a 10-year veteran in the sex trade who has worked both on the streets and from her home, as many sex workers have, she says.
On Dec 17, the transgender and sex-worker-rights activist will join others to mark the ninth annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Such violence is a pervasive problem that is largely preventable and often ignored, she says, noting that most violent crimes against sex workers go underreported, unaddressed and unpunished.

Ottawa police warn sex-trade workers after finding pattern in unsolved murders

OTTAWA— The Canadian Press Published Friday, Dec. 09, 2011

Women working in the sex trade in Ottawa are being warned by the city’s top cop to watch out for their safety.

Chief Vern White issued the warning Friday, saying police have found a pattern in unsolved homicides in Ottawa involving sex trade workers.

Police aren’t saying how many homicides have been linked, what the pattern is or how far back it goes. But they’ve confirmed a link and they want the community to know, Chief White said.

All women, especially those who work in the sex trade, should “be vigilant and exercise good safety practices,” he added.

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