hey, is it possible to be pro-sex worker but critical of the sex industry?
No, not really.
I mean, obviously, it’s possible to look at say, people in managerial positions over sex workers and talk about the ways in which they act exploitatively, and it’s possible to assess the ways in which misogyny, racism, or transmisogyny impact our interactions with clients, and so forth but neither clients nor managers nor a combination of the two constitute “the sex industry” — a monolithic thing that can be coherently talked about, that one can be for or against — that thing doesn’t exist. It’s not a useful way to talk about sex work, or to dissect the ways in which it affects sex workers and civilians.
Plus, more importantly, the phrase “critical of the sex industry” is pretty much tainted past all redemption, in my opinion. Whatever you may personally mean by it (and I’d like to give you the benefit of the doubt), when people use it, they almost always mean either “love the sinner, hate the sin” (both impossible and unhelpful, and supportive of the continuing stigmatization of sex workers) or “I think sex work should not exist, but I don’t like feeling that I’m harming people by feeling that, so I’m going to prefix my whorephobia with a meaningless platitude so that I have a thin veneer of plausible deniability.”
I’m assuming that’s not what you mean. So support us without letting the swerf-contingent shout you down to a wishy-washy non-statement. If you support sex workers and abhor the harms we suffer while working, listen to what we say we need. (spoiler: it’s not hatred of the industry— it’s decrim, so that we have redress from crappy working conditions.)