Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers
I’m late getting this up — the International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers was the 17th. But I feel like I have to say something. I don’t have any personal story to share, and I don’t have any particularly good understanding of sex worker issues. Lots of people have said smarter things than I will manage. Here is just one.
All I have to say is this: sex workers are people, too. They’re a diverse bunch. There are people from every class and ethnic background, cissexual and transgendered, binary gendered and genderqueer, able-bodied and neurotypical or with disabilities, and on and on. Sex workers do lots of different kind of work, some of it legal and some of it not; some of it exposes them to more potentially harmful people and some less.
When they do what they do, though, some people hate sex workers for it. And some people harm or kill sex workers. People shouldn’t risk death and bodily injury to do their jobs, and there’s a whole government agency to keep people safe at work. But as a society I can’t see that we really try to keep sex workers safe at work; even those whose jobs are legal. But we should. Because they are people, too, and they shouldn’t have to worry any more than the rest of us that they won’t come home when they go out to earn a living.