Chicago Sex Workers in OpEdNews

Spare Us Paternalism, Say Organizing Chicago Sex Workers

I really liked this article. And, yes, SWOP Chicago gets representation!

$pread Magazine Launches 2008 Voter Guide For Sex Workers

$pread Magazine launched the $pread 2008 Voter Guide today as part of Grind The Vote 2008, a voter registration drive covered by Bound, Not Gagged here.

The Voter Guide taps into the positions of the two major-party presidential candidates and their positions on health care, immigration, reproduction rights, LGBT rights, labor rights, drugs and harm reduction, and affordable housing.

From the Voter Guide:

In an effort to connect the dots of party politics, $pread Magazine has compiled this voter guide setting forth the positions of the two major-party presidential candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain, on issues of particular importance to sex workers. Nothing in this guide should be understood to imply endorsement of or support for either candidate ‚Äď its purpose is only to provide sex workers and their allies with information to help them decide on an individual basis which, if either, of these candidates to support.

To learn more about Grind The Vote or to download your own copy of the Spread 2008 Voter Guide, click here.

Orgasms

(Because this blog can’t be all work and no play! ūüėČ WARNING: Explicit language. Please do not read if you are offended by such matter or are under 18. And this is not meant to be literary perfection- it is simply my reflection on a perfect afternoon.)

So I recently flew to¬†California at the request of one of my favorite clients. He’d suddenly had a day open and all to himself,¬†and he suggested I join him in the country for an afternoon of decadence. He’d reserved a room for the day at a resort in an idyllic location with a breath-taking view of rolling hills covered with oak trees. He said he had a special treat to share with me- someone he promised I’d like.

My client- we’ll call him Bob- is seriously one of the two best lovers I have ever had. Every time I leave his bed, I ponder the fact that I’ve just been paid to have some of the best sex of my life. He’s passionate, incredibly fit, and the perfect combination of animal and man. He is as interested in my pleasure as he is in his own- actually, my pleasure is his own. And of course, vice-versa. His kisses are like butter…his touch¬† electric, arousing, and adept. And he adores women- every inch of them.

So I arrived for our lunch date in a very feminine sundress at noon on a glorious sunny California summer day, and Bob had just said goodbye to the room service waiter. I always catch my breath when I first see him: at once my body remembers his touch and reacts with a delicate ache in my groin followed by the swelling of my vaginal lips and an involuntary surge of moisture. He smiled his beautful smile, took me in his arms, and encouraged yet more moisture with his deep and¬†hungry kisses. I could have had him right then and there, but I didn’t want to be greedy, as I knew another guest would shortly arrive.

Our lunch was spread out on a table on¬†the deck overlooking the hills: wine, cheese, crackers, fruit, caviar, smoked salmon, bread, olives, nuts… all¬†foods that could be eaten¬†from each other’s fingers. He poured me a glass of chardonnay, and we toasted the beginning of a wonderful adventure. At about that moment, the doorbell rang, and he opened the door to a gorgeous brunette- the special treat he’d promised.¬†This would indeed¬†be a fun afternoon.

The brunette (we’ll call her Danielle) was another companion I’d wanted to meet for some time, and during lunch we got to know more about each other. She was just delightful, and with every sip of wine and bite of cheese, the sexual tension grew. She was waif-like and willowy, with long legs and a tiny little waist, and mesmerizing blue-green eyes. I very much looked forward to kissing her. I watched her lips intently as she told me more about herself.

I wasn’t wearing panties, and my moisture increased. I decided to initiate the physical interplay by pushing Bob back on the chase lounge and unbuttoning his shirt. Danielle was quick to join me and together we had him nude in seconds. We then began undressing each other- sensuously, slowly, deliberately- purely for his benefit. She and I finally kissed. She was delicious. We engaged in a three-way kiss with Bob, and made our way to the shower built for at least two people…probably more.

As the afternoon progressed, I lost count of all of my orgasms. I kept coming and coming- with his tongue, her tongue, her fingers, his fingers and tongue together, his cock, his thigh, his cock, his cock- and multiples- so many multiples. Does each orgasm in a multiple count as a separate orgasm? She came too; both Bob and I had the pleasure of eliciting moans of delight from her. When Bob finally came, it was inside of me, and I felt each throb as his cock explosively released his pent-up desire. I came again.

We lay there- a spent, sweaty threesome- caressing each other and enjoying the afterglow of a perfect romp. More stories, more wine… and we ordered room service again because we’d worked up a hunger. Food is always a perfect¬†accompaniment to sex.

In the end, we’d had each other on the bed, on the deck, in the shower, in the bath, and Bob came at least 4 times, Danielle several more than that, and I’d lost count at 30 something. We ended our afternoon tryst in the early evening by bathing in an oversized tub by candlelight. More stories, more sharing, more caresses, more kisses, exquisite after-glow.

Seven hours after our first kiss that day, Bob dressed, collected his belongings, and gently kissed both Danielle and¬†me on the lips as he made his way to the door. He promised we’d do this again, and that he might invite another lady to join us next time. We suggested he invite two more.

Danielle and I stayed on in the hotel room, enjoying each other’s (physical and intellectual) company about an hour longer, and finally she also had to take leave of me.

I wasn’t due to fly out until the next day, so I spent the evening lost in the¬†memories of an unbelievably decadent¬†afternoon. Bob is sexual perfection, and I still can’t believe I am paid for the pleasure of his company.

Oh, The Possiblities!

Group considers relaxing internet naming rules

If ICANN [Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers] approves the proposals, the world of .com and .org and country names like .jp or .fr would be opened to a much wider choice, such as .hotel or .sex.

Just the thought of .sex has bloggers predicting an auction frenzy, as almost any word in any language could become a domain name extension.

“You can almost guarantee the most highly sought-after one will, unfortunately, probably be dot-sex,” said Bryan Glick of Computing Magazine.

Miami Busts

As reported in the Miami Herald:

Leah Harriss, Princess Thigpen and Kimberly Daniels allegedly lured the potential clients aboard and, along with Leighann Redding, offered sex for cash.

And Christine Morteh, 29, was their madame, police say.

These six tooled through South Beach in a massive limo bus last weekend in what police are calling a brothel-on-wheels.

Their enterprise came to a screeching halt at 3:15 Sunday morning, when they picked up the wrong fare — three undercover Miami Beach cops — within walking distance of the police station.

”It was very brazen,” said Detective Juan Sanchez, a Miami Beach police spokesman. “They were offering everything from lap dances to sex.”

The arrests were part of a city-wide crackdown on prostitution over the weekend that led to 78 arrests, including at least seven felonies, and helped recover a missing person.

The sweep also netted a large cache of evidence, including drugs, a firearm and money.

But the highest-profile bust was the bus. . .

No mention as to whether that missing person was missing by force or choice. And, of course, there’s never a mention of why a criminalized activity might be around additional criminalized activities, as if those felonies and firearms were only present because the prostitution existed and not because they would be out there even if the prostitution disappeared.

Also in USA Today, which is clearly the inferior of the two articles. Though that’s not to say that either article is respectable.

Edit: Mentioned on perezhilton.com, although I’m not sure what Charlie Sheen has to do with this case.

Newly Appointed UN Special Rapporteur Brings Hope: Human Rights for Sex Workers and Migrants

The information below was posted on the website from the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women. The appointment of Ms. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo Emekekwue of Nigeria is a very positive step . The former UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Sigma Huda, was clearly at odds with a human rights agenda. Quoting below, you see she was “criticized by human rights and anti-trafficking groups for not being based on the core human rights conventions or on a verifiable evidence base, and for being biased and ideologically driven in their approach to trafficking.” Sigma Huda, who worked in conjunction with CATW (Coalition Against Trafficking in Women), is now in prison.

We can hope that this appointment might have a substantial effect on international responses to trafficking.

For more information about Sigma Huda:
http://www.thedailystar.net/story.php?nid=1694

Carol Leigh,
http://www.bayswan.org/traffick/

Good News from the Secretariat OF GAATW

from The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) http://www.gaatw.net/

We are writing to share the wonderful news that Ms. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo Emekekwue of Nigeria has been selected as the new Special Rapporteur on Trafficking.

This decision still has to be approved and confirmed by the Human Rights Council on Wednesday 18 June, so it is not official until that date. However, we still wanted to share the news and send our many thanks to you for your rapid support for Joy. Our letter of endorsement was supported by 82 signatories from around the world! Thank you for all your support.

In solidarity,
GAATW International Secretariat
http://www.gaatw.net/

The information below was included in the GAATW recommendation for this candidate.

“The Special Rapporteur has the power to play a valuable role in identifying the human rights violations that make certain people, often women and children, vulnerable to trafficking, as well as the violations that occur during and after the trafficking process. In addition, the Special Rapporteur can also advise states about how to centre the rights of trafficked persons in anti-trafficking strategies. An enormous amount of work remains to be done in this area.”

“To date, however, the Special Procedure on trafficking has been profoundly disappointing and even detrimental to the situation of trafficked persons. For the past one year, the mandate-holder has been in prison on charges of corruption, leaving the mandate effectively inactive. Furthermore, the thematic reports produced in the first two years of her mandate, when she was still in office, were criticized by human rights and anti-trafficking groups for not being based on the core human rights conventions or on a verifiable evidence base, and for being biased and ideologically driven in their approach to trafficking.”

“…we support the candidature of Joy Ngozi Ezeilo Emekekwue. She has a strong human rights academic and advocacy background and a record of grassroots research and advocacy. She has experience in working with governments, as per her appointment as the Honorable Commissioner for Women’s Affairs and Social Development in Enugu State, Nigeria, as well as excellent experience in writing, research and analysis on women’s human rights issues throughout her academic career.”

“Her human rights experience in Nigeria, a significant origin country for women trafficked to Europe, and a destination country for men, women and children trafficked from around West Africa, places her in a unique position of understanding both of the imperatives that drive people into trafficking situations, and the need for better protections in destination countries.”

Sex Workers at San Francisco Pride!

** Please distribute widely!

Sex Workers and Allies will be out and proud with SF Pride this year, come see all the great things we are doing:

Saturday June 28th, 2008:
* Sex Workers Outreach Project USA will be @ the Dyke March, Sat. June 28th, 2008. It’s located @ 18th & Dolores. (16th st mission BART, or 18th & church muni stop) Starting about 3PM, with the march starting @ 7PM. Come help us carry our banner in the march or hang out under our Umbrella.
* We will also have a booth at SF pride (C12 on Grove between larkin & Market) starting @ NOON and ending at 6PM (Civic Center BART). We will be sharing this booth with ESPU-CA, which will be collecting signatures for the upcoming vote to decriminalize prostitution.
Sunday June 29th, 2008:
* Sex Workers, SJI, CSC and others will be riding a trolley Gold Rush Style down Market street starting @ 10:30 AM from Market and Beale (Embarcadero BART) down Market and finishing on 8th St (Civic Center BART). Costumed Ho’s and allies welcome to join the contingent, to get the most updated info email Sadie at sadiewantsawife@gmail.com
* SWOP-Norcal will be serving drinks from booth B5 (Civic Center BART – on Golden Gate st near Polk st — in between federal and state building), noon till 6PM. We still need volunteers, definitely come help!! email: vafeldman@ucdavis.edu
* SWOP-USA will have a booth (C12 on Grove between larkin & Market) with ESPU (again collecting signatures) from NOON till 6PM. Come by our booth and say hi!
We will have amazing Professional Bumper Stickers and t-shirts for donation, and will have pamphlets, flyers, Legal and Know Your Rights information and amazing people(with a few Celebrities!) hanging out and spreading the Sex Worker Rights Message!
For more information email: tara@swopusa.org.