Stop Silencing Us- Sex Workers Protest Anti Trafficking Strategies 2014

San Francisco sex workers from Sex Workers Outreach Project and other Bay Area organizations protest a panel with Melissa Farley presented by The Department on The Status of Women- and Mayors Anti Trafficking Task Force supporting “End Demand (targeting clients) Strategies.”

Features Kristen DiAngelo (SWOP Sacramento), Starchild and many more. Video by Carol Leigh.

This demonstration was ultimately very well received by the Department on the Status of Women. This marked a turning point when SF anti-trafficking leaders began organizing a collaboration with sex workers. Still ongoing, the collaboration resulted in this among other projects:

“How Sex Workers Made San Francisco Safer for Everyone”
https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/how-sex-workers-made-san-francisco-safer-for-everyone?fbclid=IwAR0Hr7JokEnoTQXXKz4_L-MyPU_Zcf0mRaeuXB8aXSgldvwKxrQFv4gOPuI

Media Release: February 10, 2014 at 7:58 pm.Posted by LaborSolidarityCommittee

Silent Protest in Support of Sex Workers Rights

Silent Protest in Support of Sex Workers Rights

WHEN:
February 11, 2014 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Outside the San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

-Participants will pass out fliers, wearing tape over their mouths to to point out the fact that when violence against sex workers is discussed by “experts” from a prostitution abolitionist perspective, sex worker voices and perspectives are not included.

-If you want, wear red or bring red umbrella

-The main goal of this protest is to ask that sex workers are included in the processes that affect us.

-A seat at the table for sex worker rights advocates

Adult consensual sex workers should have a seat at the table when anti-trafficking efforts are proposed and implemented.  Right now, they are being shut out. Anti-trafficking efforts impact the lives and safety of adult consensual sex workers. Because they are impacted, they should be part of the leadership in the efforts to end the trafficking of children and of non-consenting adults.
-Here is the information for the exclusive abolitionist celebration that we are protesting:
2014 Modern Day Abolitionist Award Ceremony & Panel Presentation on Discouraging Demand
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco

Related Videos

The Whore Stigma with Margo St. James and Gail Pheterson (2 min.)
Collateral Damage: Sex Workers and the Anti-Trafficking Campaigns (2 min. trailer)
Sex Worker Rights Music Video (4:34 min.)
Yes Means Yes by Dee Dee Russell (7:42 min.)

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