According to advocacy group the Sex Worker Outreach Project, yesterday more than 21 cities in the United States and 33 cities internationally held events to recognize the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This annual day started in 2003 in Seattle as a memorial for the women murdered by the Green River Killer and is now a recognition of the dangers sex workers face around the world. “Criminalizing sex work has not worked,” wrote Lindsay Roth, the board chair of the Sex Worker Outreach Project-USA, in a statement. “We know that criminalization leads to more violence by stigmatizing sex workers and contributing to unsafe working conditions. If you fear arrest, negotiating your personal safety becomes a secondary concern.”
The Sex Worker Outreach Project put together this infographics about the issue:
If you’re interested in learning more about sex work, listen to our podcast episode “Sex Work is Work,” which includes interviews with Seattle dominatrix and writer Mistress Matisse, journalist Melissa Gira Grant, and activist Emi Koyama.
Sarah Mirk is Bitch Media’s online editor.