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  1. Transcript:

    >> I’m a sex worker.
    >> I’m a sex worker.
    >> I’m an attorney and activist for sex workers.
    >> I’m an advocate for sex workers
    >> I’m a sex worker.
    >> I’m a sex worker.
    >> I’m a sex worker and a sex worker’s rights advocate and I’m against trafficking.
    >> …And I’m against trafficking
    >> …And I’m against trafficking
    >> A sex worker is someone who engages in sexual behavior in exchange for money or services…
    >> … who chooses to perform without coercion or duress.
    >> A victim of sex trafficking is an individual who performs sexual labor under force or threats to sell for [indistinguishable]…
    >> …who does not receive any of the benefits of their fruits of labor and are exploited in other ways.
    >> Often the most marginalized in our society are the ones most at risk of sex trafficking.
    >> Most sex work does not involve trafficking: It involves consenting adults in consensual business exchanges.
    >> Conflation of consensual sex work with sex trafficking is a disservice…
    >> …to both victims of sex trafficking and to sex workers.
    >> We as sex workers, allies, and advocates are opposed to all forms of sex trafficking.
    >> Many people fighting against sex trafficking think all sex workers are victims of exploitation and abuse. This is a huge fallacy.
    >> Sex workers can educate anti-trafficking advocates and policy makers about the difference in perspectives between choice, circumstance, and coercion among those performing sexual labors.
    >> Immigrant rights groups…
    >> …labor groups…
    >> …and sex worker organizations…
    >> …can help anti-trafficking activists…
    >> …to ensure labor rights of all our defended.
    >> Sex workers and our clients are part of the solution, not the problem in identifying and rooting out the real abuses.
    >> Sex workers and our clientèle are more likely to come in contact with trafficked victims…
    >> …but often won’t report these situations due to fear of reprisals by law enforcement.
    >> We are in a position to offer more sensitive solutions for giving support to victims.
    >> We want to help.
    >> The criminal status of some sex work is a barrier to helping law enforcement tap into this vital resource.
    >> If you are involved in anti-trafficking efforts you can contact your local sex workers’ rights organization and invite them to discuss trafficking issues and policy making. [Banner: http://www.swop-usa.org 1-877-776-2004]
    >> If there are no sex workers’ rights organizations in your area contact Sex Workers’ Outreach Project USA or The Sex Workers’ Project to find out how you can include sex worker’s input in the fight against trafficking. [Banner: wwwe.sexworkersproject.org 646-602-5617]
    >> Help us find safe avenues to report suspect trafficking…
    >> …where the person reporting won’t be subject to harassment or arrest.
    >> The presence of trafficked victims hurts us all. Sex workers want to help in the fight against trafficking but are often left out of the conversation.
    >> We need to be recognized as allies.
    >> When sex workers are not afraid of arrest, abuse, or misconduct by the police…
    >> …they can report unsafe situations, exploitation, and trafficking to law enforcement…
    >> …or non governmental organizations and potentially save lives.
    >> Sex workers want to stop trafficking: Let us be a part of the solution.
    >> Let us be part of the solution.
    >> Let us be part of the solution.
    >> Let us be part of the solution.

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  3. […] “Sex Workers Want To Stop Trafficking”, a video from SWOP Chicago. […]

  4. If sex workers who are currently working want to be “part of the solution” then why does no one offer these victims any support for what they’re going through once they’re rescued, nor help us when we’re helping them to get rescued? Us, nor the victims who come to us for help and support have received not one bit of any help or support from any of the sex workers’ groups. One of the reasons I formed this group was because I was receiving no help for my damage or to escape from trafficking from the sex workers’ rights groups. We’re not against the sex workers’ rights groups – but why is no one helping us either? Look in the world of dog breeding – there’s puppy mills. Good dog breeders will do things to shut those things down. Why is this any different? If this was the meat industry – PETA goes in to expose when animals are being treated inhumanely. Same thing. Abuses go on in any industry – but if you ignore those abuses then you’re not acting professionally nor like it’s really a “real” industry either.

  5. We’re having a problem in this country – and it’s pretty bad back east or they wouldn’t have passed this bone head law about condoms which I’d like to see repealed also because it hurts women. The legislators are making up this stupid condom law because they don’t know what to do about things like this http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2317496/Sex-slaves-freed-brothels-New-York-area-federal-agents-arrest-13-tied-Mexican-prostitution-ring.html?ito=feeds-newsxml However, sex workers, and ex-sex workers, if we are so “smart” then how about we come up with something smarter to do something about this type of trafficking problem that does exist. You can’t just keep standing over here and ask for your “rights” for an industry that does have a problem. Look – people who are dog breeders have to contend with puppy mills. They do. They go out and get them shut down and they pass laws about animal cruelty and they educate people about not buying from puppy mills. The same for the meat industry – companies like Whole Foods go out and they educate people about things like free range chickens and free range eggs and why people should “buy from family farms”. If you want this treated like a business – then stop acting like people in denial and treat this like a business. What are you going to do about people that are doing this in YOUR industry? I focus on helping those who have been damaged to escape this and get recovery from their ordeal and move on. That’s what I do. Now – what are you going to do about this?

  6. I’m breaking my own self imposed rule on this about responding to this kind post.

    Let me be perfectly clear with you Jody. You are no one to come here and pretentiously ask what we are going to do about this. I don’t know who you think you are but you come here with nothing but personal attacks and absolute fabrications about what you have done in terms of helping people and you have the audacity to question us.

    You post a statistic saying you helped 250,000 victims from 1987 to 2007 and expect to be believed. Excluding leap year 365 days x 20 years is 7300 days. That’s 34 plus victims you helped a day. Every day, for 20 years. Without funding no less. To put that in context the population of New Orleans is 360,740. What you claim is absolutely impossible and is rubbish.

    You here hurling insults, proclaiming what you claim to have done and demanding we help you because of all you do. This is nothing but trying to guilt trip people you have alienated into giving you money with absurd statistics. 34 victims a day……… You are still just a pimp Jody. Trying to work an angle to get money off the backs of girls who did the work and got hurt in the process.

    You want to play the righteous card with me? When I got out of three years of captivity and got to Vegas. At the very same time you were nothing but a pimp that videotaped the girls working. You claim that was for their protection. Bullshit sweet pea. That was for you to control them. Had I ended up in prostitution in Vegas I very likely could have ended up working for you. And you would have made money off a very wounded girl having to see clients. You would have made money for my work just for the privilege of you booking the dates and proving a bed to work from.

    You were a pimp then Jody. And you still are. You are still trying to get money from girls who actually see clients and do the work. And you have stones to play righteous with us and to try to play the holier than thou card with me. You would have made money off my back just as quick as the pimp that held me captive.

    I don’t think you belong anywhere near anyone who has been victimized in the sex industry. You are a predator Jody. You always were and you still are.

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