How the seizure of Backpage in the US should worry sex workers across the world

On Facebook and Twitter, and other Social media, the seizure of Backpage (an online platform where sex workers in the US do their work) has garnered quite some attention. News articles (at least some of them) are highlighting the dangers this poses to sex workers, how it will compromise their income, how it will compromise their safety. However, the discussion around this cannot remain localised to the US… it is an issue that needs to be discussion from a global perspective. Continue reading How the seizure of Backpage in the US should worry sex workers across the world

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The type of “client” that refuses to pay a sex worker

When you read the title above, you might think this is about a particular (stereotypically cisgender male) ¬†client who tricks and cheats sex workers; surely they exists, but this isn’t about them. This article is about the other type of “client” that seek to gain access to our bodies and stories and services, but refuse to pay: activists, artists, journalists, researchers… Possibly, some will get … Continue reading The type of “client” that refuses to pay a sex worker

Nothing about us without us, one more time… with feeling

Today I stood up as a transwoman, a sex worker, and lost all chill at an abstract session at the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa in Harare. The session about sex workers and human rights had not a single sex worker speaking. But not only that, the language itself was infuriating me… For years sex worker organisations have shouted “nothing about us, … Continue reading Nothing about us without us, one more time… with feeling

Spanking is illegal… now also in UK produced porn

The British decided to be really British, and banned a slew of sex acts from UK produced porn… The list includes spanking, caning, aggressive whipping, penetration by any object “associated with violence”, physical or verbal abuse (regardless of¬† if consensual), urolagnia (known as “water sports”), female ejaculation, strangulation, facesitting, and fisting; basically, they banned femdom porn and made me thank the heavenly Lord and all … Continue reading Spanking is illegal… now also in UK produced porn

Sex work survivor or dirty politicking?

I just read this article, and for the most part understand and agree with the sentiments; though responding to it, which at first I was hesitant to do, there are a few issues that bother me: SEX WORK SURVIVOR OR DIRTY POLITICKING?. In the uphill battle against abolitionists (you know, those anti-trafficking industry folks) and their fight to get rid of sex work, there is … Continue reading Sex work survivor or dirty politicking?