Laverne Cox supports Monica Jones’ appeal against trumped up charges of “manifesting prostitution”! We couldn’t have dreamed up a more exciting celebrity cameo in our wildest activist dreams. Catch up on Monica’s case by looking through Tits and Sass’ Monica Jones tag, and stay tuned for an exclusive Tits and Sass update on her appeal by her SWOP-Phoenix comrades.
Coverage of the Portland Cupcake Girls’ Spa Day in the local press had a few of our readers writing in to us and other venues, infuriated. Apparently, neither the Oregonian nor the Cupcake Girls understand that strippers are not all unloved waifs and that actually, they can make themselves up and even (gasp!) pay for their own salon visits without the group’s charity. In fact, they do so consistently in order to work in a field in which their appearance must be immaculate. Read Red’s longform piece on shadowing the Cupcake Girls for more on these well meaning altruists’ fundamental misunderstandings about the sex industry.
Despite the fact that the former head officer was sexually assaulting the very women he was supposed to be helping, the Hamilton trafficking unit carries on, making fake dates with workers through online ads and attempting to rescue them. No charges have yet been filed in the past year and a half, though the former head, rapist Derek Mellor, faces a continued disciplinary hearing in September.
Sex workers in Jakarta have returned to work with the end of Ramadan, a fact that the Public Order Agency finds less than thrilling.
“We will address the issue soon. We hope both streets will soon be free of sex workers,” he said.
Sounds like he has a solid and not at all abusive plan.
The Economist makes an argument for decriminalization that, essentially, boils down to a pro-gentrification (“get the seediness off the streets”) point.Worlds collide when the interests of white male privacy and sexuality come up.
Margaret Corvid writes about some of the prices incurred by the loss of the fourth wall, as internet presence and accessibility becomes mandatory for many sex workers. Tighten your privacy settings, y’all.
MediaUpdate pays tribute to Nokuphila Kumalo, the sex worker assaulted and murdered by South African artist Zwelethu Mthethwa.
Without even a photograph of her, it is difficult to put a face to her name. Access to the fragments of her life prior to her murder is also hindered by the stigma associated with sex work. Although the oldest profession in the world (apart from politics) it remains shrouded in secrecy and shame, criminalised in most countries and regarded with contempt by mainstream society.
Mthethwa’s trial begins in November.
A very well-paid male London escort has gone public in support of decriminalization, adding questionably, “Being vocal about the profession keeps you safe.” We can think of more than a handful of dead women who might have begged to differ.
Zimbabwe has its share of migrant sex workers, as we’ve reported before. This article focuses on the town of Chipinge, and features the notable euphemism “thigh vendors.” One worker explains: “We are living a good life through having sex with our reliable clients.”
After a horrifying interview with a former male client, London psychotherapist Pippa Hockton turned to offering therapy to street-based sex workers. Now she runs a therapy charity called Street Talk, which offers therapy to street based sex workers. While the article places an emphasis on being “saved” through leaving the industry, only a third of her clients over the years have ultimately done so, while she continues to provide health care referrals and support to those who remain.
India’s AIDS program won accolades at the International AIDS conference, but not without caveats. India is one of many countries that still doesn’t promote universal sexual and reproductive health education and rights, which affects the success of their programs.
Sex workers in Australia have been given a reprieve after facing the loss of welfare benefits if they became unemployed, as the government previously failed to recognize sex work as “gainful employment” and would have mandated a longer waiting period for benefits, a waiting period also faced by unemployed people under 30.
The Peruvian government will be spending 194K to research male sex workers, who have much higher rates of HIV infection than the rest of the population. The study will examine why they are so at risk and could result in a skill building system, education workers on safer sex practices.
A study by Zhang Xudong, presented at the recent International AIDS Conference, found that young female sex workers in China’s Kunming city lack practical knowledge of safer sex practices, resulting in high rates of pregnancy and sti infection. Most participants were from school dropouts from rural areas, lacking access to sexual and reproductive health information.
Sex workers in Nigeria demonstrated for labor rights, once again giving the lie to the abolitionist claim that sex work is a rich white woman’s game.
Derby sex worker charity Women’s Work provides a buffer between sex workers and police, allowing them to report crimes and assaults without fear of arrest.