D/17 Blog

From Africa to America: End Demand Is Not Ending Violence or Murder

Let’s consider the first recommendation from the commission – full criminalisation of sex work. We have had this apartheid-era model in South Africa for a long time now. What have the results been? High levels of violence. In the United States, where this practice is criminalised, female sex workers are almost 18 times more likely to be murdered than other women, a 2004 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found.

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Sex Workers Are More Accustomed To It, Though Street Harassment Hurts Everyone

Billy Penn Re/Post: Street harassment in Philly: Unsafe, uncomfortable and untracked There’s no way to quantify what may not even be illegal: “Sometimes it’s just annoying, and sometimes it’s terrifying.” Article series by Anna Orso. Illustration: Billy Penn Art.

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Art For Social Justice: Prostitute Poetic

A Memory & A Dream Suppressed To Maintain Freedom (Part One of Two)

TRIGGER WARNING: Strong Content. Violence. Obscenity. Not Suitable For All Listeners.

Original Poetics By M. Dante (c) 1996 NYC. Audio Recording 2006 Philadelphia.

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Kill-A-Delphia: Are We Mad Violent Over Other More Civilized Cities?

“Preliminary murder rates in Philadelphia ‘will put the murder rate at the highest of this decade in the city.’” JEFF SESSIONS At a speech in Philly Jul 21 2017

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Breathless Poem by Truth Troubles

Breathless as the womb expands Breathless till child’s bottom receives it’s very first hand The cry all parents long for, music to all Grand-Parents hearts. The only time we ever wish to hear our child cry – Truth Troubles oldpoet56 Photograph at PHILLY City Hall by M Dante

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“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” A court proceeding is re/scheduled for July 18, 2017, regarding access to 911 recordings in the Nizah Morris case. The proceeding will take place in Courtroom 426 in Philadelphia’s City Hall


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Billy Penn On The 2017 Half Year Homicide Stats 

Nearly six months into the year, Philadelphia is having its biggest problem with homicides since 2012. According to police department data, as of June 26, 152 homicides have been committed in Philadelphia this year. That’s 21 percent higher at the same point in time last year and 36 percent higher than in 2015. “About halfway through the year, the rate is up 20 percent compared to 2016.”

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S F Sex Work Film Fest

The US PROStitutes Collective and In Defense of Prostitute Women’s Safety Project present a film program at the San Francisco Sex Work Film Festival Saturday May 27th The Roxie Theatre San Francisco sexworkerfest.com Sponsored – In part – by The ESPLER Project: Litigate to Emancipate!

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We Remember: Donna Marie Gentile 

Philadelphia runaway Donna Marie Gentile became most known for her NHI – No Human Involved – status as a prostitution cold case murder in San Diego. Her family is here in Philadelphia, and asks us all to keep her memory alive. Absolutely we will.

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Canadian Podcast Talks About Sex Work & Murder

We know the reality is not going to be a happy ending, but it has to lead to something bigger,” Stephens-Tolstoy said. Desrochers disappeared in 2016.

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