There were Justice for Dora/Justice for Jasmine protests against violence against sex workers at Swedish and Turkish embassies in thirty six cities worldwide on the 19th, as documented by Melissa Gira Grant in her article on the movement in In These Times.
But no sooner were the protests held were two more casualties of violence against sex workers discovered—Tracy Connelly, a street sex worker in St Kilda, murdered in her van and discovered by her partner, and Philadelphia resident and trans sex worker Diamond Williams, dismembered by killer client Charles Sargent and memorialized in a vigil in Love Park on Tuesday night.
Tits and Sass co-editor Bubbles has a review up on the New Inquiry of Robert Kolker’s Lost Girls, an account of the murder of several escorts whose bodies were discovered buried along the Long Island coast. Co-editor Charlotte Shane talks about fetish client she remembers with special fondness in The Toast, and Bubbles also has a strippers’ eye view of mining boom towns up on Buzzfeed.
Hard Corps, an anti-porn documentary, sought funds on Kickstarter. The documentary claimed to delve into the world of porn and trafficking “undercover.” Melissa Gira Grant inquired as to whether all sex workers who appeared in the documentary had agreed to do so, because if not, that would be truly exploitative. The project added a new item on their FAQ claiming that all those who appeared signed permission forms, but porn actress Nina Hartley, who appears in the documentary, stated that she didn’t remember whether she’d signed such a form and she certainly had no idea at the time that the footage would be used for “Hard Corps.” Furthermore, “Hard Corps” is backed by the Salvation Army, while Kickstarter guidelines forbid charity projects. Marie Calloway at ANIMALNY and The Huffington Post UK picked up the story.
Melissa Petro challenges our society to pardon ex-sex worker women as easily as it pardons men like Eliot Spitzer in NY Magazine.
Thomas Jane, star of guy escort series Hung, reveals that he himself used to be a street sex worker who saw both men and women as clients when he was down and out in Hollywood.
The Marshall Islands government says a US report naming the country as a sex trafficking destination for women from East Asia is “totally baseless“.
There is a loophole in Bennington, VT law, on the books since 1947, that enables some spas to operate without prostitution charges, as the state attorney discovered when one of these spas became involved in a local prostitution investigation.
The Edinburgh Police Department revealed just how much they valued sex workers’ confidentiality when a street sex workers’ documents were found in a park wastebasket.
A federal judge ruled that Nebraska cops must return over $1 million confiscated at a traffic stop from Tara Mishra, who saved the money $1 at a time during her 15 year career as an exotic dancer.
A Memphis, Tennessee woman was arrested for prostitution three times in 52 hours. One wonders what sort of violent crime was going on unhindered in the area as police repeatedly arrested the same person.
Sex Asistent Catalunya, a Spanish group made up of sexologists, therapists, sex counsellors, and people with disabilities, wants the Spanish government to back a motion which would make sexual assistants legal as they already are in many countries across Europe. Meanwhile, in South Africa, The Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Task Force (SWEAT) hosted the Sisonke Open University Seminar on sex workers and people with disabilities.
Salon notes that only sex workers seem to use condoms for oral sex.
Naomi Watts is going in pregnant street sex worker drag for her next movie. Our disgust is almost impossible to convey.
“Is city’s plan to cut down prostitution really putting women at risk?” Short answer: uh, yes.
A sex worker, who unsuccessfully sought damages from a Moranbah motel for discrimination, has been ordered to pay the Central Queensland accommodator’s legal bill.
The Hitlist interviews Kristin Diangelo, former escort and filmwriter, on her documentary, American Courtesans.
The co-ordinator of the Namibia Sex Workers Alliance, (Naswa) Jeremein Morkel called for the establishment of more organizations to represent the interests of sex workers and call for decriminalization. Nambibia has between 3,000 and 4,000 sex workers and only two sex workers’ rights organizations.
The Columbus police department announced that it will shift its vice operations into arresting clients rather than sex workers. Thanks, but no thanks.
A New Yorker who runs a travel company specializing in trips to Thailand and the Philippines was convicted of promoting prostitution.