It took us a while but now it’s here, take your camp coffee to new levels with the super duper awesome limited edition Transcontinental Race tin cup. We’re celebrating a year with AWOL and R and E’s radventure riding from London to Istanbul. The Tin Cup is the highest quality available, made in a small batch by real tin cup fanatics in a small factory in the Austrian Alps. It holds a cup of (12oz) camp coffee and a dash of bourbon. Swop one HERE (US only) And yes, a good tin cup is mandatory, a strict essential going AWOL.
If you want to be an ally to sex workers and help us stay safe, please sign this and reblog.
And, please, start talking about sex work with people around you. Just go for it. Ask them what they think, tell them about human rights, police brutality, migration and racism and the way t all plays out costing sex workers lives.
Concern: Conflation of trafficking and prostitution:
There is no evidence that “most” prostitutes have been trafficked. End demand policies and the language in this current bill deny the reality that there is a broad constellation of work arrangements, power relations, and personal experiences among participants in sexual commerce.
Conflating “patronizing a prostitute” with “sexual exploitation” and “sex trafficking” denies the existence and rights of adult consensual sex workers. The new language in the above bills codifies the belief and moral judgment that patronizing a prostitute is inherently exploitative, which creates confusion about what sexual exploitation actually is, and hinders our ability to discern and address actual exploitation. It also supports government regulation in the sexual choices of consensual adults.
This conflation also belies a seemingly willful ignorance of the distinction between trafficking and smuggling – the consensual migration of an individual with third party assistance. Many of those who migrate to participate in the sex industry are responding to factors such as the lack of economic opportunities in their home countries or the desire to provide a better life for family members, rather than the coercion from trafficker.
Trafficking is defined by “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by means such as force, fraud, coercion or deception for the purpose of sexual exploitation.”
With the City of Seattle’s recent outrageous renaming “Patronizing a Prostitute” to be “Sexual Exploitation”, you can see how quickly patronizing a prostitute (“Sexual Exploitation”) can now easily become defined as trafficking. Well meaning and poorly written laws such as these can have disasterous and unintended consequences.
Trafficking that involves underage persons or adults subjected to force, fraud, or coercion is a serious violation of human rights; but sex work by adults who are choosing to sell sexual services and which does not include these elements is not inherently exploitative, and it is not trafficking.
International authorities and UN agencies have consistently criticized approaches that treat all sex work as trafficking, concluding that the conflation of sex work and trafficking is counterproductive in practice.
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: (L-R) Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Jason Sudeikis, Andrea Savage, Natasha Lyonne and Jason Mantzoukas attend the Premiere of IFC Films’ ‘Sleeping With Other People’ at ArcLight Cinemas
Anti-trafficking advocacy for PRIDE! Support RHYA!
Pride is coming up and since I basically consider most of you as in my chapter of SWOP regardless of your location, unless you’re outside the states but we can still work with that, consider getting involved with the SWOP Pride push for RHYA!
As I’ve said before, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act is currently stuck in committee because of the addition of the letters “lgbt” to the description of shelters/populations whose shelters would get funded.
RHYA happens to be the ONLY anti-trafficking act that doesn’t cause massive collateral damage to sex workers: it doesn’t cause us to get evicted, it doesn’t threaten our lives, it doesn’t make our friends and roommates and cab drivers pimps and traffickers. All it does is give funding to youth services and shelters to help create resources for young people so they have the option of not doing survival sex work.
We know that the most at-risk group IS actually lgbt youth, the largest group if homeless youth because of running away from abuse and other intolerable conditions at home. The inclusion of those letters is VITAL to protecting young people!
You can also take pictures of yourself with a sign explaining why we need RHYA to pass
Samples from swop:
“I support the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act because…”
” A non-discrimination clause for LGBTQ Youth is important because…”
“LGBTQ Youth need/deserve….”
Be creative and know your audience! And ask them to write as neatly as possible…
And post it to social media with a tiny URL to the RHYA petition [http://cqrcengage.com/mobilize/app/write-a-letter?1&engagementId=94614] using the tags
And the older suggestion of collecting stories from people for whom access to shelter would have or DID make a difference as sending these stories to your local representative with a request that they support RHYA still stands!
I’ll keep posting information about this over the next couple weeks, but please join in!