Facts: Violence Against Sex Workers

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Citations from Infographic “You’ve Been Assaulted But You Can’t Get Help.”
  1. USA rate of violence (Indoors) – Urban Justice Center’s “Behind Closed Doors” 2005 http://sexworkersproject.org/publications/reports/behind-closed-doors/, and

1b. USA rate of violence (Outdoors) – Urban Justice Center’s “Revolving Doors” 2003 http://sexworkersproject.org/publications/reports/revolving-door/

  1. UK rate of violence (indoor & outdoor)  – Ronald Weitzer’s “Sociology of Sex Work” 2009 http://myweb.dal.ca/mgoodyea/Documents/Sex%20work%20-%20General/Sociology%20of%20sex%20work%20Weitzer%202010%20Ann%20Rev%20Sociol%2035%20213-34.pdf

  2. Norway increase in assault after criminalisation – ProSentret’s “Dangerous Liaisons” 2012 https://humboldt1982.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dangerous-liaisons.pdf

  3. Norway sex workers exposed to violence only after ban – ProSentret’s “Dangerous Liaisons” 2012 https://humboldt1982.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/dangerous-liaisons.pdf

  4. D.C. Police Interactions –  Alliance for a Safe & Diverse DC’s “Move Along: Policing Sex Work in DC” 2008 https://dctranscoalition.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/movealongreport.pdf.

  5. Chicago police accused in rape cases involving street prosititutes – Center for Impact Research’s “Sisters Speaker Out: The Lives and Needs of Prostituted Women in Chicago” 2002 http://www.healthtrust.net/sites/default/files/publications/sistersspeakout.pdf

  6. National Blacklist complaints about police – Tracy Clark-Flory, Matan Gilat, and EJ Fox’s Vocativ Article 2015 http://www.vocativ.com/news/239316/national-blacklist-for-sex-workers/

  7. One-third of 2015 US sex worker homicide victims are trans women – Koster and Demetri 2015

  8. 25% of 2012 GLBT homicides were connected to sex work – Chesnut, Shelby, and National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs’s “2012 Hate Violence Report”http://www.avp.org/storage/documents/ncavp_2012_hvreport_final.pdf

  9. Contexts and forms of violence – World Health Organisation (WHO)’s “Addressing Violence Against Sex Workers” http://www.who.int/hiv/pub/sti/sex_worker_implementation/swit_chpt2.pdf

  10. 41 sex workers murdered in the US in 2015 – Koster and Demetri 2015


 Citations from Infographic “This Year 41+ Sex Workers Have Been Murdered in the USA.”

  1. Koster, Katherine & Demeri, Derek, 2015 Sex Worker Homicide Report, SWOP-USA (forthcoming)
  2. U.S. Census Bureau; Census Bureau: State and County QuickFacts.; <http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html>; (30-Sep-2015 )
  3. Gates, Gary J, 2011. How many people are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender? UCLA-The Williams Institute. http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/Gates-How-Many-People-LGBT-Apr-2011.pdf
  4. Koster, Katherine & Demeri, Derek, 2015 Sex Worker Homicide Report, SWOP-USA (forthcoming)
  5. Saunders, Penelope, and Jennifer Kirby. “Move Along: Community-based Research into the Policing of Sex Work in Washington, DC.” Social Justice(2010): 107-127.

11 thoughts on “Facts: Violence Against Sex Workers

  1. […] riskier than other hazardous professions like policing or driving a taxi cab. According to SWOP, sex workers are 400 times more likely to be murdered on the job than the average […]

  2. […] riskier than other hazardous professions like policing or driving a taxi cab. According toSWOP, sex workers are 400 times more likely to be murdered on the job than the average […]

  3. […] riskier than other hazardous professions like policing or driving a taxi cab. According toSWOP, sex workers are 400 times more likely to be murdered on the job than the average […]

  4. […] Greit nok, i media er vi kjent med Hege Grostad som eskorten som betalte for studietiden med sexarbeid. Virkeligheten er mye mer nyansert enn dette. 17.desember er nemlig “International day to end violence against sex workers”. Derfor syns jeg det er viktig å anerkjenne at det er flere grupper mennesker enn Hege Grostad som jobber innenfor sex-industrien. Særlig er det viktig å tenke på at maginaliserte grupper som for eksempel transpersoner, mennesker med mørk hud, eller en kombinasjon, har dette som eneste løsning for å ha tak over hodet. I USA er 1/3 av mord på sexarbeidere også transpersoner. Det er også slik at av drap på LGBT-personer, er 23% relatert til sexarbeid. I Norge økte raten på overfall på sexarbeidere med 50% etter at sexkjøpsloven ble innført. (kilde) […]

  5. […] Rates of sexual and physical violence against sex workers are lowerin contexts where sex work is not criminalized. A recent academic article found that […]

  6. […] were shot, 15 percent were strangled, and 5 percent were beaten to death. One-third of the victims were trans […]

  7. […] were shot, 15 percent were strangled, and 5 percent were beaten to death. One-third of the victims were trans […]

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  9. […] 4 in 5 transgender DC residents have been verbally, physically, or sexually assaulted. 44% were denied a job they were qualified for, 45% were discriminated against at work, and 41% have worked in the sex industry.  […]

  10. […] to be non-white, homeless, transgender or gender nonconforming and queer, according to recent statistics compiled by […]

  11. […] When violence is committed against sex workers, police often refuse to investigate.  In Los Angeles, Black sex workers were targeted for nearly three decades. Police officers responded by coding case files “No Human Involved.” Sex workers remain targeted and shamed, and Black women continue to feel the brunt of it—of the 41 sex workers murdered in the United States in 2015, 17 were Black and 12 were transgender women. […]

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