International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers
Today is the seventh annual day to speak out against violence against sex workers. Often I don’t have much to add to days like this. The spokespeople for sex worker issues are some very eloquent folks, and I can’t match the power of personal narratives, particularly when expressed by well-spoken advocates. But this year I’ve had some experiences that have heightened my awareness of how vulnerable the stigma and criminalization or sex work makes sex workers. A handful of readers will understand what I’m referring to, and most of you won’t, and I’m sorry that I’m not free to unpack that any further, but I’m just not.
Whatever one thinks of sex work, I think we should all agree that nobody should have to live in fear because they’ve done, or do, sex work. Anybody should be able to leave sex work any time they don’t want to do it anymore, and not be labeled and excluded for their past work. Nobody should be beyond the protection of the law if they are harassed, or stalked or raped or ripped off or beaten up or thrown out of the place they live because they’ve done, or do, sex work. That’s how it ought to be, and that’s not how it is.