SEX WORKERS MOBILIZE AFTER LAWMAKERS PASS NEW SCARY LAW
Did you know that International Whores Day happened just over a week ago? The day marked a demonstration in New York City at the Washington Square Park arch. Sex workers from all over gathered together to protest against the new federal law, SESTA/FOSTA. Lawmakers passed the law. But they disguised it as an effort to combat human sex-trafficking. But it also destroys the online spaces for sex workers. They say that the new and scary law puts their lives at risk. SESTA/FOSTA has such an impact that sex workers are appearing together, in public, in a way unthinkable before the new law became official.
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The sex workers are gathered here in Manhattan to fight back against SESTA/FOSTA, a federal law passed under the guise of combating human sex-trafficking but that effectively destroyed crucial online spaces for sex workers. While sex workers say the law is putting their lives at risk, it has invigorated the community and pushed the issues facing sex workers into the national consciousness. Before SESTA/FOSTA, Red says, getting the mainstream press to pay attention “was unthinkable”
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The event was organized by Support Ho(s)e Collective, Survived and Punished NYC, and Survivors Against SESTA. One of the community organizers there that day, Red, said that “We’re allowed to be angry now in news media.” He said that the law’s threat to sex workers was grave, even a direct threat to their lives. “We want to see ourselves and situate ourselves in the legacy of radical sex worker resistance to state violence,” he said. Trump signed SESTA/FOSTA into law this past April. It hasn’t taken long to mobilize an otherwise completely hidden group of people in the sex industry.
INTERNATIONAL WHORES DAY WILL ONLY GET LARGER IN US
International Whores Day began in Lyon, France, in 1975. Several hundred sex workers occupied a church there. They demanded an end to police brutality as well as harassment and violence in general. That’s where their fight began in the public eye. It clearly continues today, 43 years later. Lawmakers expected this new US federal law to combat online sex trafficking. But sex workers say it effectively censors them. Not having an online forum prevents them from find clients they can vet. They will no longer be able to discuss potentially violent clients or talk about anything else that might make their work lives safer. The new law essentially treats sex work with sex trafficking. And now these otherwise hidden workers are speaking out publicly as a group. That’s unprecedented in the US.
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These professionals are organizing because of this new, scary law. They are about to be a lobby in the US for the first time ever. They may already be one. Stay tuned. By the next International Whores Day, this political force could have already emerged. Who knows? Maybe very soon we’ll see a labor party with the name, True Screw You Party. That would be really interesting. Don’t you think? It seems that it may take a little time, but the sex industry will have to contend with those who really do the dirty work. They are less afraid and are coming out of the shadows. Stay tuned! things will develop fast.