[Press Release] Budapest

Press Contact: Kinga Papp Reka 20-9912396
Budapest – Press Conference for International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Budapest, Hungary | Szexmunkások ellen elkövetett erőszak visszaszorításának világnapja – Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Website [Weboldal]:https://www.facebook.com/events/464662467046018/

Esemény dátuma [Event Date]: csütörtök, december 17at 11:00

A rendezvény helyszíne [Event Location]: Nagyar Nők Szövetsége 1062 Budapest, Andrássy út 124

(English Below) A törvény ad lehetőséget arra, hogy a rendőrség zaklassa a szexmunkásokat. Számos olyan esetet tart számon a Szexmunkások Érdekvédelmi Egyesülete, amikor hatósági személy bántalmazza, megalázza vagy félretájékoztatja a hozzá forduló vagy a hatókörébe került szexmunkást, illetve visszautasítja a segítségkérést. Ezekből, és az összes regisztrált, szexmunkások sérelmére elkövetett erőszakesetből készített Erőszaktérképet jövő csütörtökön, december 17-én mutatjuk be. December 17-e a szexmunkások elleni erőszak visszaszorításának világnapja. Ebből az alkalomból sajtótájékoztatót tart a Szexmunkások Érdekvédelmi Egyesülete (SZEXE), ahol megszólal dr. Makó Klaudia, az SZEXE jogsegély szolgálatának jogásza, Földi Ágnes, a SZEXE elnöke, és több szexmunkás ügyfelük. Bemutatják az Erőszaktérképet, a jelenlegi szabályozás hibáit és a jellemző visszaéléseket, és a SZEXE legújabb kisfilmjét a hatósági erőszakról. Ezt követően kerekasztal beszélgetést tartunk a hatósági erőszaknak hasonlóan kiszolgáltatott csoportok érdekképviselőivel. A beszélgetés kiindulópontja, hogy az utóbbi években újra felerősödött a szegénység által érintett csoportok kriminalizálása: ilyen csoportok a szexmunkások mellett például a hajléktalan emberek, a drogfogyasztók.

A megszólalók között lesz:
Sárosi Péter, a TASZ drogprogramjának vezetője, Kováts Virág, az Alternatíva Alapítvány munkatársa, Sárközi Gábor, a Roma Sajtóközpont munkatársa, illetve a SZEXE egyik szexmunkás ügyfele.

A sajtó munkatársait szeretettel várjuk tehát december 17-én 11 órára az Andrássy út 124.-ben, a Magyar Nőszövetség székházában. Sajtókapcsolat: Papp Réka Kinga 20-9912396

The law allows for police harassment of sex workers. Frequently, when sex worker organizations report public officials abusing, humiliating, or lying to sex workers, these reports are rejected or ignored. On December 17th, we are giving a press conference and releasing new mapping project by Szexmunkások Érdekvédelmi Egyesülete (SZEXE), organizing a speakers’ panel, and also screening a short film.

Among the speakers will be: ** Sárosi Peter, the leader of TASZ drug program, **Flower Kovats, an associate of the Alternatives Foundation, **Gabor Sarkozi, the Roma Press Centre staff member and **one of the sexy sex worker clients. The event is opened to the public and press is welcomed.

Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers Video Series

 

 

You’ve probably seen these on our homepage… or on our event page.

But incase you’ve missed the videos:

VIDEO CAMPAIGN – APNSW release series of video clips featuring members of  the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers  [APNSW] speaking out about the various forms of violence sex workers experience in their countries.

Link to YouTube Playlist here

Violence by police is a major issue for many sex workers in the Asia Pacific region.

 

 
From Nepal to Papua New Guinea to Fiji – problems with police, including arbitrary arrest, condoms as evidence, and physical and sexual violence, are major problems. In Myanmar and Malaysia, police often fail to respond appropriately when sex workers report crimes against them, but relations with police are dramatically different where sex work is decriminalised, such as in New Zealand. And in Vietnam and Australia, APNSW members speak about how laws and policies, as well as stigma and discrimination, are a form of violence in themselves because they increase the risks sex workers face and decrease sex workers access to justice and health care.

India December 17th Events

Media contact: [email protected] | National Network of Sex Workers (India)

   

Together We Stand – Candle Light Vigil, Meet the Press and Police, Peace March

https://www.facebook.com/nnsw.india/posts/1733036556918207?fref=nf

Date: 17th December 10-18:00

Location: Six States in India – Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala & Telengana

National Network of Sex Workers (India); NNSW members are organising various initiatives to observe the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers; across 10-12 locations in six states of India (Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telegana, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala).

Activities undertaken by the members include peace march, candle light vigils, meet the press, group discussions amongst sex workers to pay tribute to members who have faced violence and discuss strategies to advocate, organise interactions with local police and government bodies.

The demands of the National Network of Sex Workers across the cities and districts includes the following:

  • Full Decriminalisation of Sex Workers in India. This includes removal of all laws  that criminalise sex work and their families and their support systems.
  • There is an urgent need to monitor the implementation of the ITPA across India, especially to prevent its application against adult consenting sex workers and their clients.
  • Immediate measures need to be taken including guidelines for the district and state judicial officers by the Hon’ble Supreme Court that practices such as; detaining adult consenting sex workers for their rehabilitation, “handing over” adult consenting sex workers into the custody of family or guardians, passing orders require adult consenting sex workers to provide undertakings that they will give up sex work as a pre – condition to their release; must be stopped immediately.
  • Complaints of illegal detention, abuse in detention or while in custody must be immediately registered and timely action must be taken against erring officers.
  • Consent should be taken at the time the women were found. Rescuing as trafficked victims after years in sex work and sending to a correction home is a faulty and inhuman policy. Adult women should be treated as adults. Denying them consent is a violation of their human rights.
  • Guidelines must be developed for law enforcement officers on handling arrests of sex workers, registering complaints of stigmatized people such as sex workers.
  • These complaints must be dealt with a sensitive manner and within a prescribed time frame. Compliance of these guidelines must be regularly monitored.
  • Further the confidentiality and privacy of sex workers approaching the law enforcement and judiciary for redress of cases of sexual assault, exploitation and violence.
  • Police personnel and counselors must be trained on handling these cases with sensitivity.
  • Strengthen National Human Rights Institutions to increase their accountability to respond to complaints of violence and rights violations by State actors and initiate suo moto action also.

List of participating members

- Maharashtra – VAMP, Muskan, Saheli Sangh
- Karnataka – KSWU, UKMO
- Tamil Nadu – Vadamalar Federation
- Kerala – KSNW
- Andhra Pradesh and Telegana – Me and My World

Global 2015 Press Release

Media Contact:
Sex Workers Outreach Project, USA
Katherine Koster, Communications Director – December 17th Coordinator
[email protected]

December 17 – International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Global conferences, vigils, film-screenings, protests, marches and die-ins planned on December 17th to Combat Violence Against Sex Workers

[FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE]– On December 17, over 60 cities worldwide will hold events in recognition of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers [December 17th].

Events aim to raise indignation at violence against sex workers and strengthen sex worker communities and responses to the systematic, daily violence and exclusion sex workers experience. Events include conferences in Seattle, Barcelona, and Ankara, marches and demonstrations in Skopje, Vancouver, Toulouse, Adelaide, Paris, Newark, Austin and San Antonio, a photo campaign of African sex workers, allies and human rights defenders, and candle-lit vigils in Minneapolis, Lautoka, Fiji, and Goldcoast, Australia. (For additional event information, see the December 17th Map)

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers began in 2003 around the sentencing of Gary Ridgway, a serial killer who murdered over 70 women in Seattle, mostly sex workers, continuing with impunity for over twenty years.

According to Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA, over 160 sex workers were murdered in 2015 – at least 48 in the United States, 39 in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 31 in Africa. Sex workers who were lost to violence this year include:

Globally, sex workers experience disproportionate violence and unique barriers in accessing criminal justice support:

  • Sex workers experience high levels of sexual violence. Globally, sex workers have a 45 to 75% chance of experiencing sexual violence at some point in their careers and a 32 to 55% chance of experiencing sexual violence in a given year.
  • Sex workers are especially vulnerable to police and state violence, as police officers can threaten victims with arrest or stage an arrest and assault victims.  
    • In South Africa, one in six sex workers reported sexual or physical violence at the hands of the police.
    • In former Soviet Bloc countries, a high proportion of sex workers report being sexually assault by police–with rates as high as 90 percent in Kyrgyzstan.
    • In the Caribbean and Latin America, sex workers often are arbitrarily detained by law enforcement, and police frequently extort money or demand coercive sex in interactions with sex workers.
    • In the United States: 17% of sex workers interviewed in a New York study reported sexual harassment and abuse, including rape, by police. In a Chicago study, 30% of erotic dancers and 24% of street-based sex workers who had been raped identified a police officer as the rapist.
    • In Bangladesh, between 52% and 60% of street-based sex workers reported being raped by men in uniform.

Violence against sex workers and other marginalized groups is tied to criminalization. “Criminalized populations–especially undocumented migrant workers and racial and sexual minorities– do not view law enforcement as safe institutions,’ Katherine Koster, SWOP-USA Communications Director and December 17th coordinator, said. “They don’t seek support after victimization because they fear arrest or further abuse…which allows…serial predators to continue victimizing people with impunity. And it’s across the board: police threaten to arrest sex workers and other criminalized groups. Abusive managers and tell victims they will be arrested if they leave. Abusive intimate partners threaten to call sex workers’ schools or landlords or bring sex work up in family court. Criminalization makes marginalized communities–including sex workers–incredibly vulnerable.”

For sex workers, criminalizing third parties and clients of sex workers can result in evictions and deportation and the displacement of street-based sex workers to more dangerous areas. It also makes it more difficult for sex workers to access outreach services, result in sex workers working in isolation to avoid detection, and lead sex workers to “rushing” conversations with clients to evade arrest, ultimately jeopardizing safety (Source) and increasing violence against sex workers. (Source).

Sex Workers around the world are organizing against violence, not just on December 17th but around the year: they are operating peer-led hotlines, documenting and publishing reports on violence and human rights abuses, educating each other about rights, organizing freedom of information requests, and lobbying social service organizations, non-governmental organizations, and government officials for change.

“Globally, sex workers are calling on policymakers to address the conditions that allow such horrifying acts of violence to continue unabated, and insist on the inclusion of sex workers in the creation of new policies that will protect our various communities,” Savannah Sly President of the Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA’s Board of Directors said. “Sex workers are fighting against violence and working to protect each other. Now we need solidarity from the global community.”

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More information about December 17,th  violence against sex workers, and worldwide events can be found at www.december17.org.

Photographs from past December 17 events can be found here: December 17th Event Images

 

US – National Press Release

National Contact:
Sex Workers Outreach Project, USA
Katherine Koster, Communications Director – Global December 17th Coordinator
[email protected]

160+ Sex Workers Murdered in 2015

Global conferences, vigils, film-screenings, protests, marches and die-ins planned on December 17th to Combat Violence Against Sex Workers

[FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE]– On December 17, over 20 U.S. cities and 55 cities globally will hold events in recognition of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers [December 17th]. Events include conferences in Seattle, Barcelona, Spain and Ankara, Turkey, demonstrations at government buildings in Vancouver, Canada, Toulouse, France, Oakland, Newark, Austin and San Antonio, a photo campaign of African sex workers, allies and human rights defenders,  and candle-lit vigils in Minneapolis, Lautoka, Fiji, and Goldcoast, Australia. Events aim to raise indignation at violence against sex workers and strengthen response to systematic, daily violence and exclusion sex workers experience. (For additional event information, see the December 17th Map)

The event began in 2003 around the sentencing of Gary Ridgway. Also known as the “Green River Killer,” Ridgway murdered over 70 women, mostly sex workers, with impunity over a span of more than two decades. Ridgway mentioned he targeted the community “because I thought I could kill as many as I wanted without getting caught.”

According to SWOP-USA, over 160 sex workers were murdered in 2015. The largest number of homicides–41–occurred in the United States. 12 of 41 sex workers murdered in the United States were trans women (29% of sex worker homicides), and 11 were trans women of color. Female sex workers in the United States are murdered at 17.7 times the national murder rate of cis women, (Source) and transgender sex workers are more likely to experience violence than cisgender sex workers. (Source).

Sex workers who were lost to violence this year include:

Globally, sex workers experience disproportionate violence and unique barriers in accessing criminal justice support:

  • Sex workers experience high levels of sexual violence. Globally, sex workers have a 45 to 75% chance of experiencing sexual violence at some point in their careers and a 32 to 55% chance of experiencing sexual violence in a given year.

  • Sex workers comprised 8% of female North California Planned Parenthood Clinic clients between 16-27, and they were 5 times as likely to have experienced unwanted sex than non-sex workers.

  • 1 in 5 sexual assault police reports from an urban, North American emergency room were filed by sex workers. Sex workers were younger, poorer and suffered a greater number of injuries than other victims.

  • 65% of transgender individuals murdered globally were sex workers, according to Transgender Europe. According to a recent report on trans sex workers in the United States, 53.8% of incarcerated trans sex workers reported sexual assault from other prisoners and 52.6% reported sexual assault from officers and staff, twice the rate of transgender individuals who were not sex workers

  • Sexual assault against individuals engaged sex work (especially criminalized forms of sex work) in the United States is high. In Phoenix, AZ 37% of prostitution diversion program participants report being raped by a client, and 7.1% report being raped by a pimp. In Miami, FL, 34% of street-based sex workers reported violent encounters with clients in the past 90 days. In New York, 46% of indoor sex workers reported being forced to do something by a client that they did not want to do, and over 80% of street-based sex workers experienced violence.

  • Vulnerability to violence varies across contexts. Criminalization, insecure work environments, and broader contexts of extreme poverty and gender inequality are correlated with increased violence against sex workers (source).  Youth, homeless individuals, individuals who previously been arrested for prostitution, migrant sex workers, sex workers who use drugs, and street-based sex workers are especially at risk of violence.

  • In many states, sex workers are ineligible for rape victim compensation funds or receive reduced amounts. In some states, sex workers are not protected by rape shield laws.

  • Sex workers are especially vulnerable to police violence, as police officers can threaten victims with arrest or stage an arrest and sexually assault victims.  17% of sex workers interviewed in a New York study reported sexual harassment and abuse, including rape, by police. In a Chicago study, 30% of erotic dancers and 24% of street-based sex workers who had been raped identified a police officer as the rapist. Approximately 20 % of other acts of sexual violence reported by study participants were committed by the police.

Violence against sex workers and other marginalized groups is tied to criminalization. “As we saw throughout the Holtzclaw trial, criminalized populations–especially communities of color– do not view law enforcement or hospitals as safe institutions,’ Katherine Koster, SWOP-USA Communications Director and December 17th coordinator said. “They don’t seek support after victimization because they fear arrest or further abuse…which allows these serial predators to continue victimizing people with impunity. And it’s across the board: police threaten to arrest sex workers and other criminalized groups. Abusive managers and tell victims they will be arrested if they leave. Abusive intimate partners threaten to call sex workers’ schools or landlords or bring sex work up in family court. Criminalization makes marginalized communities–including sex workers–incredibly vulnerable.”

Criminalizing the clients of sex workers also result in displacement of street-based sex workers to more dangerous areas, make it more difficult for sex workers to access outreach services, result in sex workers working in isolation to avoid detection, and result in sex workers “rushing” conversations with clients to evade arrest, ultimately jeopardizing safety (Source) and increasing violence against sex workers. (Source).

“There is a word for when the government’s policies contribute to the killing of populations at such high rates — and that word is genocide,” remarked Savannah Sly, President of the Sex Workers Outreach Project’s Board of Directors, “We call on policymakers to address the conditions that allow such horrifying acts of violence to continue unabated, and insist on the inclusion of sex workers in the creation of new policies that will protect our various communities.”

More information about December 17th and worldwide events can be found at www.december17.org.

Infographics and fact sheets can be found here: December 17th Organizer Folder

Photographs from past December 17 events can be found here: December 17th Event Images

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Join us on Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers in 2015

On December 17, cities across the country and the world will hold events to recognize the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This year, over 20 events are planned across the United States, and over 40 events are planned globally.

If we are missing your activities or events, please email us ([email protected]) or use our online form. If you are interested in organizing an event, we’ve created a number of additional resources–you can find them in our organizer toolkit.

Over 160 sex workers were murdered in 2015. The largest number of homicides–41–occurred in the United States. 12 of 41 sex workers murdered in the United States were trans women (29% of sex worker homicides), and 11 were trans women of color. Female sex workers in the United States are murdered at 17.7 times the national murder rate of cis women, (Source) and transgender sex workers are more likely to experience violence than cisgender sex workers. (Source).

  • Sex workers experience high levels of sexual violence. Globally, sex workers have a 45 to 75% chance of experiencing sexual violence at some point in their careers and a 32 to 55% chance of experiencing sexual violence in a given year. (Source).
  • Sexual assault against individuals engaged sex work (especially criminalized forms of sex work) in the United States is also high. In Phoenix, AZ 37% of prostitution diversion program participants report being raped by a client, and 7.1% report being raped by a pimp. In Miami, FL, 34% of street-based sex workers reported violent encounters with clients in the past 90 days. In New York, 46% of indoor sex workers reported being forced to do something by a client that they did not want to do, and over 80% of street-based sex workers experienced violence. 
  • Women who had exchanged sex for money, drugs or other goods comprised 8% of Planned Parenthood clients between the ages of 16 and 27 in Northern California. 23.5% of these women had experienced unwanted sex, compared with 6.7% of women who had not exchanged sex. (Source).
  •  In many states, sex workers are ineligible for rape victim compensation funds or receive reduced amounts. In some states, sex workers are not protected by rape shield laws. (Source).
  • Sex workers are especially vulnerable to police violence, as police officers can threaten victims with arrest or stage an arrest and sexually assault victims.  17% of sex workers interviewed in a New York study reported sexual harassment and abuse, including rape, by police. In a Chicago study, 30% of erotic dancers and 24% of street-based sex workers who had been raped identified a police officer as the rapist. Approximately 20 % of other acts of sexual violence reported by study participants were committed by the police.
 

A memorial list, compiled by SWOP-USA, lists the names of those sex workers who have died as a result of violence and is often read during local memorial vigils. The list highlights the diverse forms of violence that sex workers experience. Attacks against sex workers in 2015 included 10 women murdered and mutilated in a single month in Nakuru, Kenya, 9 women raped and murdered in San Jose, Costa Rica,  a mother in South Africa who was struck in the face with an axe, a transgender woman in Cuba who was stoned to death by a group of boys, and a migrant living in Seattle who was repeatedly stabbed during a robbery and had her apartment later set on fire.

Violence against sex workers –around the world– is tied to the criminalization of commercial sex. Sex workers frequently do not view law enforcement or hospitals as safe institutions, and often, sex workers do not not seek support after victimization because they fear arrest or further abuse. Practices of criminalizing the clients of sex workers often  result in displacement of street-based sex workers to more dangerous areas, make it more difficult for sex workers to access outreach services, result in sex workers working in isolation to avoid detection, and result in sex workers “rushing” conversations with clients to evade arrest, ultimately jeopardizing safety (Source) and increasing violence against sex workers. (Source).

“There is a word for when the government’s policies contribute to the killing of populations at such high rates — and that word is genocide,” remarked Savannah Sly, President of the Sex Workers Outreach Project’s Board of Directors, “We call on policymakers to address the conditions that allow such horrifying acts of violence to continue unabated, and insist on the inclusion of sex workers in the creation of new policies that will protect our various communities.”

Info-graphics and fact sheets can be found here: December 17th Organizer Folder.

Photographs from past December 17 events can be found here: December 17th Event Images.

 

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[City] — On December 17th, [YOUR  CITY] will join more than 20 other cities in the United States and 40 cities internationally to recognize the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This year, local organizers are planning [THIS TYPE OF EVENT EXAMPLE: march, vigil, lecture, dance party, bike ride, whatever] to raise awareness about the violence faced by sex workers. [REPLACE WITH CITY EVENT INFORMATION DETAILS – The march will begin at 5:30 at the north Entrance of Harold Washington Library and proceed north along State street. The vigil will begin at 7:00 pm at Jane Addams Hull House, 800 S. Halsted.]

Known as December 17th, the event was first organized by the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP-USA) in 2003 to respond to the sentencing of Gary Ridgway. Also known as the “Green River Killer,” Ridgway confessed to murdering over 70 women over two decades. Most of Ridgway’s victims were sex workers, and their murders initially went largely uninvestigated, allowing Ridgway’s violence to continue. Over two decades, Ridgway murdered over 70 women, most of whom were sex workers.  Ridgway mentioned he targeted the community “because I thought I could kill as many as I wanted without getting caught.”

A memorial list including the names of sex workers who died as a result of violence is often read at local memorial vigils. The list, compiled by SWOP-USA, highlights the diverse forms of violence that sex workers experience. Sex Worker victims in 2015 included 9 women who were raped and murdered in San Jose, Costa Rica, 10 women murdered and mutilated in a single month in Nakuru, Kenya, a transgender woman in Cuba who was stoned to death by a group of boys, and a migrant living in Seattle who was repeatedly stabbed during a robbery and had her apartment later set on fire.

According to SWOP-USA, over 100 sex workers were murdered globally in 2014. The largest number of homicides–41–occurred in the United States. 12 of 41 sex workers murdered in the United States were trans women (29% of sex worker homicides), and 11 were trans women of color. Female sex workers in the United States are murdered at 17.7 times the national murder rate of cis women, (Source) and transgender  sex workers are more likely to experience violence than cisgender sex workers. (Source).

Information about [YOUR CITY’S EVENT] December 17th events can be found at [YOURS WEBSITE OR THE DEC 17TH SITE]. More information about December 17th and worldwide events can be found at www.december17.org.


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European December 17 Activities – SWAN-TAMPEP-ICRSE

SWAN and ICRSE – regional networks of sex workers projects in Europe and Central Asia are releasing a joint statement for the 17th of december calling for an end to ALL forms of violence against sex workers in Europe and Central Asia, and worldwide.
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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Flash mob Red umbrella performance in the most frequent walking area in Sarajevo.
Bulgaria: 16th of December – a meeting with stakeholders on reducing stigma against sex workers, 17th of December – launching a campaign of INDOORS project, community actions such as outreach and peer training on mobilization and peer support. www.hesed.bg
 
England – London: Art exhibition (photography, video, illustration and poetry) opens on Friday 13thDecember and end on Tuesday 17th December at the University of London Union in Malet Street. Opening times are 11-5 daily. Public event on 17th including movie and testimonies by sex workers and start at 7.30pm. Contact: [email protected]
France: Paris – demonstration start at 7 pm, Place Pigalle.
Toulouse – Film and debate http://toulouse.demosphere.eu/rv/7159
Hungary: 17th of December – an empowerment community workshop and public action with candles, red umbrellas and promotional materials in the walking areas of Budapest.
Kyrgyzstan: Between December 1st and December 17th, Tais Plus and the Sex-Worker Network “Shah-Aiym invite you to join and to see what our life is like by:
• Exploring the city at night and seeing the real life situations that sex workers face;
• Coming to the Living Library and hearing sex workers’ personal stories about their working experiences and the challenges they face;
• Enjoying the exhibition of sex workers’ arts and crafts;
• Admiring our children’s drawings.
Macedonia: 
Netherlands: commemoration by the Belle statue in the Red Light district. Time: from 5 pm until 10pm
Place: By the Belle statue, but the base is by PIC (Prostitutie Informatie Centrum), Enge Kerksteeg 3, 1012 GV Amsterdam.
 
Romania: Letters of concern to all Police stations in Bucharest and the Parliament, social media campaign for public (website, facebook, blog), empowerment community campaign – two weeks campaign through outreach services and promotional materials (red scarves with a messages, printed cards on the rights of citizens). http://www.arasnet.ro/
Russia: “For bread and freedom” exhibition which will take place on December 17, at the SAKHAROV CENTER, Moscow, Zemlianoi val st. 57, building 6 between 1and 5 PM. http://www.silver-rose.org/
Scotland: Short films and testimonies by sex workers at 7.30pm on 17th of December at African-Caribbean Centre, 66 Osborne Street, Merchant City, Glasgow.
Scotland’s International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, by SWOU & SCOT-PEP
Slovakia: Social media campaign, outreach services including distribution of Christmas gifts and small calendars with 3 different messages related to ending the violence and sex workers rights, press release based on a “sex workers testimony” and media interviews exposing the rape of sex workers as increasing phenomenon in the last period. www.ozodyseus.sk
Luca Stevenson
National Organiser, Sex Worker Open University UK www.swou.org
Coordinator, International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe www.sexworkeurope.org

Poem about a bad date in Toronto.

“White Van” was inspired by a true story, a bad date experienced by a sex worker in downtown Toronto in the summer of 2010.

Black Coffee Poet wrote in with a poem they made about Sex Worker violence. (a11y: Not captioned, english voice, youtube video).