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Sex Workers Outreach Project joins sex workers, allies and advocates from around the world in recognizing December 17, the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. As we approach this day, we come together to remember those  lost this year and renew our commitment to the on-going struggle for empowerment, visibility, and rights for all sex workers.

On December 17th, We also renew our commitment to solidarity. The majority of violence against sex workers is not just violence against sex works—it’s also violence against transwomen, against women of color, against drug users, against immigrants. We cannot end the marginalization and victimization of all sex workers without also fighting trans-phobia, racism, stigma and criminalization of drug use, and xenophobia.


Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers was first recognized in 2003 as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle Washington. Since 2003, Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers has empowered people from cities around the world to come together and organize against discrimination and remember victims of violence.

During the week of December 17th, sex worker communities and social justice organizations stage actions and vigils and work to raise awareness about violence that is commonly committed against sex workers. The assault, battery, rape and murder of sex workers must end. Racism, economic inequality, systems of colonialist and state violence and oppression must end.   The  stigma and discrimination and criminalization that makes violence against us acceptable must end. Please join with sex workers around the world and stand against criminalization and violence committed against our communities.

A public letter from Annie Sprinkle and your invitation to join us

Annie Sprinkle has provided us with her thoughts about the origins of December 17 including ten ways to participate in the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. When Gary Ridgeway, the “Green River Killer,” was finally caught after murdering scores of sex workers Annie, “felt a need to memorialize my whore sisters that had died so horribly and needlessly.” She joined with Robyn Few, Stacey Swimme and Michael Foley (all members of the Sex Workers Outreach Project) to claim December 17 as the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Annie shares that, “to date hundreds of people around the world have done dozens of memorials, actions, and events of all kinds, and the participation is growing. Won’t you join us?” Read Annie’s full letter and invitation to join us in honoring December 17.

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  1. wai yan oo says:

    We are students now we need infromation about violence sex worker to do prevention so we need your help please. We are coming from Myanmar.

  2. Eric Woods says:

    Sex workers are people just like everyone else. They have the rights to live without fear and without discrimination.

  3. Opiyo Omuga says:

    Nice work. Human rights belong to everybody. It was commemorated here in Kenya today.

  4. Josephine says:

    Decriminalisation sex worker now.will end violence of sex worker

    • Hyucham says:

      I wish it did. But there were about 90 sex workers murdered in Germany since legalization. And about 40 further attempts. I wish it weren’t so, but it is. That includes murders in legal apartment and brothel sex work. The perpetrators are 50% customers and 15-20% pimps. Netherlands isn’t looking good either. I’m in Germany and I’ve lost faith in decriminalisation. Over here we’re burying sisters every 3 weeks. I wish these laws were the answer, but they’re not. I’ve tried to figure out what exactly about New Zealand is different, but have yet to find signficant differences in the law. And am also disturbed to learn that sex worker rights orgs are reporting high numbers of Maori and South-East-Asian women in sex work, which indicates we’re still talking about poor and trafficked women being those primarily involved in the industry.

  5. Ceyenne doroshow says:

    On Saturday December 17th @ 6am Swop-USA Glits and H.R.C and Red up are hosting the international day to end violence of sex workers.. @ 31st between 5th and 6th Ave at the Harm reduction coalition in Manhattan at 6am I’m Ceyenne Doroshow and one of the hostess

  6. Elliott Bettman, MD says:

    In Europe, where it’s Legal, there are much fewer issues. It’s the Way of All Flesh.

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