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International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers - 17th of December

The International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers was conceived in 2003 by US sex worker rights activist Annie Sprinkle and started by the Sex Workers Outreach Project.(SWOP) USA,

Quoted from the SWOP USA website: "December 17th is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This event was created to call attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers all over the globe. The laws against prostitution are harmful to society. They perpetuate the abuse of otherwise law-abiding citizens, particularly women. They allow people like the Green River killer in Seattle, Washington to rationalize violent and murderous behavior toward prostitutes, especially women. “I wanted to kill as many … as I possibly could. I knew they would not be reported missing right away, and might never be reported. I picked prostitutes because I thought I could kill as many of them as I wanted without getting caught.” (Superior Ct. of WA for King Co.; State of Washington vs. Gary Leon Ridgway, Statement of Defendant on Plea of Guilty). Gary Leon Ridway was sentenced to 48 life terms and was fined $10,000 for each victim on December 18, 2003.

Unequal protection under the law is what allows prostitutes to be pimped, enslaved, beaten, raped and murdered. If decriminalized, sex workers would have access to protection from criminals just like every other citizen. In addition, enormous amounts of public safety revenues are spent enforcing sex “crimes” that occur in private, in which the participants are consenting and there is no victim." End quote.

17 December has become a global day of activism. On this day sex workers mobilise in resistance to the violence they face as a result of discrimination, abuse and violations of their rights and take the time to remember their colleagues, friends and family who have been victims of violence. Find a way to show your support for sex workers rights...this day and everyday.


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