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The Week In Links—November 28th

Janet Mock tweeting about the horrific state of the Black union earlier this week. (Screenshot of Janet Mock's Twitter feed)
Janet Mock tweeting about the horrific state of the Black union earlier this week. (Screenshot of Janet Mock’s Twitter feed)

Trans and sex workers’ rights activist Monica Jones appealed her conviction on false charges of “manifesting prostitution” this Monday. In related news, Project ROSE, the criminally wrongheaded alliance between the Arizona State School of Social Work and the Phoenix police in which sex workers were arrested in stings and funneled into jail or diversion programs, the very one which Jones was sent to when she was arrested, has shut down.

However, the ASU researchers behind Project ROSE just got a 1.4 million dollar grant to prevent child sex trafficking.

The Vancouver police department announced that it will not be using C-36 as a guideline when making arrests; consenting adults buying and selling sex will be left to conduct their business undisturbed.

The impact of C-36 will be most disastrous for the most marginalized groups of sex workers, First Nations women and migrants.

Immigrant sex workers from Asia and Central America deny that they are trafficked. They announced that they do feel like victims of police, however.

New reality show The Sex Factor promises to be The X Factor for adult stars, offering competitors the exposure needed for success in the saturated market of porn…and further saturating the market.

Feminism needs sex workers and trans people (and presumably trans sex workers as well).

It’s hard to be a sex worker without a community of sex workers to commiserate with and give you moral support and perspective in the form of a healthy dose of reality. This Ivy League student sex worker could use the latter: in this piece, she expresses her surprise at how easy it was to become a “prostitute”: aren’t we all chain smoking, jaded women of the world? Unlike her.

Alex Bryce, the chief executive of the UK non-profit Ugly Mugs, explains how to get funding for such an unpopular cause:

Bryce adds that it is important to speak in both human and monetary terms and to highlight the cost savings of the scheme. For example, the average cost of investigating a rape is £100,000 and a murder costs more than £1m, yet the scheme’s running costs are only £120,000 a year. The pilot project found that 16 per cent of the estimated 15,000 sex workers who have used the scheme have avoided a specific individual as a direct result, which the charity estimates is more than 2,400 crimes prevented. “If we prevent one rape or bring about the conviction of one serial rapist, our scheme has already paid for itself,” says Bryce.

PSOs are among the phone operators interviewed for the documentary Hotline.  It also features Miss Cleo.

A South African sex worker was murdered by her client while attempting to make change for him. More than nine sex workers have been killed in South Africa since July.

Former domme Nikki Hodgson explains why young men are (still) paying for sex.

Police officers in Nairobi may be offering inmates their freedom in exchange for sex; apparently ‘bartenders and prostitutes’ who can’t afford bail are offered this choice, which, officers say,has resulted in the deaths of at least ten officers from AIDS. Knowing the way the disease is transmitted,however, and that it is most often men who reject the use of condoms, we believe it is rather the other way around.

The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) gets called on their use of uncited statistics and the promotion of the ‘trafficking victim’ narrative to further their abolitionist agenda.

A male escort writes about the potential effects of the Swedish model on his work and income:

‘These Swedish Model laws are bad enough for a male escort, but women in the industry I know are even more terrified and have good reason. The Swedish Model compromises their safety in many ways and their ability to report crime.
This makes these Swedish laws look wonderfully successful on paper: no rapes, assaults or robberies, and almost no sex workers working. Well, no actually, it’s just nobody is reporting any more – or admitting to being a sex worker.’

Kate Mcgrew, one of the stars of the Irish reality show Committed, went on the podcast Roisin Meets to discuss Ireland’s new implementation of the Swedish model and the disastrous effects this will have on sex workers.

Ms Naughty responds to Cindy Gallup’s claim that the porn industry and sex workers in general passively accept financial discrimination.

Ebola is negatively affecting the incomes of street workers in Sierra Leone. Customers are scarce and the ones who remain try to lowball the workers.

Male strippers were sent to boybanders 5 Seconds of Summer by some enthusiastic LA fans.

The Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme in Nairobi fights for sex workers’ rights and against the stigma that leaves workers vulnerable to physical violence, police brutality and bribery.

Two strippers were the distraction decoys for three men in a Sacremento robbery that went awry and ended in the murder of their target, Michael Sanderson. The dancers, Jeanette Campbell, 27, and Aubry Toews, 25, testified against the robbers in exchange for a plea bargain.

Carmen Electra plays a stripper in Lapdance which will be out in the States Dec 7th. Summed up as ‘Magic Mike with girls’ and with a tagline like ‘fast money comes at a dangerous price’ this movie can be nothing but great.


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