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December 17th  END Violence Against Sex Workers

December 17th: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Each year on December 17th, people from all over the world gather to memorialize the victims of violence from our communities.  To see events around the world this year, click here.

Why an International Day to End Violence Towards Sex Workers? Click here to read a note from Annie Sprinkle. Click here to learn more about violence against sex workers.

December 17th, 2010 (Friday)


Please join us! The evening will feature poetry, a candlelight vigil, an anti-violence speak out, and more. If you have any questions, please contact the Sex Workers Outreach Project-Las Vegas at email@swop-lv.org . You can also visit our website at www.swop-lv.org

What: Protest violence while supporting the rights, wellbeing, and safety of people who provide sexual services, companionship, or entertainment in the sex industry.

When: December 17, 2010 at 6 p.m.

Where: We will meet up at Erotic Heritage Museum located at 3275 Industrial Rd., which is next to the Deja Vu club and one block west of the Strip.
Click here to view the flier.

For more information, email us at email(at)swop-lv.org.



Comments from the 2nd December 17th event in San Francisco:

"The sex industry makes a huge contribution, and is intrinsic to the economy of the Bay Area, but the laws and stigma punish participants and make it very difficult, if not impossible, to organize for rights and safety within our local sex industries. It's a blatant hypocrisy. We invite sex workers and all those in our communities, friends,families and supporters to join us to mourn our losses and celebrate our strengths on this day of empowerment."

Carol Leigh aka Scarlot Harlot--Founder COYOTE, Sex worker activist and performance artist.

By organizing with organized labor, espu can access safety from the violence that plagues our industry like other occupations have. Through unionizing we can gain the our right to work without the fear of being targeted by the violence that is perpetrated by the criminalization of our industry. Through our collective efforts we can put a stop to those unscrupulous individuals and institutions who have brought us harm. An Erotic Service Provider is anyone who is compensated for his or her erotic services. If you’re an Erotic Service Provider, come join us.

Maxine--Organizer, Erotic Service Providers Union

Thank you to all of you who are participating in the memorial to end violence against prostitutes, especially Robyn Few. This year I will be attending the New York City vigil. Last year the San Francisco vigil was absolutely positively moving. I had a really good cry, as the whole event was very meaningful for me personally-- as some of my old sex worker buddies had been murdered. I know that this event helps (future) sex workers be safer in the world. Blessed be.

Annie Sprinkle--Sex Worker turned sexologist

We are collaborating with workers and providers to have a town gathering to remember those we've lost. We are also drafting a declaration for Boston providers to sign, stating they will make their services accessible to sex workers both in what they provide and how they train staff to be knowledgeable of the needs of sex workers. We will all need to keep fighting to end discrimination and hate against sex workers!

Steven Crowe--P.U.M.P. Program Coordinator, Cambridge Cares About AIDS

Thank you Robyn!

Amy Winebarger--Case planner, Alternatives for Girls

Other Supporting Organizations and Individuals

  • AIM 
  • Alameda Co. Human Relations Committee 
  • Alexandra Lutnick, MA 
  • APNSW 
  • Barton Street Community Partners for Crime Prevention 
  • Berkeley NOW Task Force 
  • Center for Sex and Culture 
  • Coalition for the Rights of Sex Workers 
  • Different Avenues 
  • Erotic Service Providers Union 
  • Feminist for Free Expression 
  • HIPS 
  • Justice Now 
  • SWAT 
  • SWEAT 
  • St. James Infirmary 
  • M.A.S.H. 
  • P.O.N.Y. 
  • Urban Justice Center 
  • Women's Leadership Alliance


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