CA SB233 would prohibit the arrest of individuals engaged in sex work when they come forward as a witness or a victim of specified violent and serious crimes. It will also end the practice of using condoms as evidence of sex work related offenses.
Patel’s campaign and Survivors Against SESTA organized the event. The panel and town hall focused on FOSTA / SESTA, legislation enacted in April that sex workers say drastically affects their ability to do their jobs safely. The bill amended section 230 of the Common Decency Act. Through tears, Doroshow and Gentili, both of whom are trans women of color, spoke of the violence that’s plaguing their community, and how that violence is getting worse under the new legislation.
“Our community is getting raped, beaten and killed,” Doroshow said. “I don’t have the capacity to bury another fucking girl.”
Introduction by EJ: Over one year ago, I began working on a “Sex Work” episode for my podcast, The Ethan and Zach Trio. With the aid of my spirit guide, M., I dove in at the intersection of sexuality, labor and law. Together with my co-host Zach, we conducted several hours of interviews with M. and her associates, all of whom possess expertise in the sex industry
We Believe In You Larry That Yes - Justice Makes Us Safer!
Please - Don’t leave Philly’s Sex Workers out of the sentiment.
We are a violent society. We can do better than this. We don't have to be a violent society. I ask you to join us at the Incarnation Institute for Sex & Faith and be a part of the solution. Love your body (and the bodies of others) like God does! All bodies are beautiful and our differences do not have to separate us. And then, go into your world and "make love" - in fact, make a lot of love happen! Rev. Dr. Beverly Dale,
Judges, police and juries often hold bias against sex workers. In Philadelphia, Judge Teresa Carr-Deni called gang-rape of a sex worker at gunpoint “theft of services” and refused to allow prosecution to press aggravated sexual assault charges. In South Africa, police routinely refuse to even pursue rape cases involving sex workers or laugh at victims when victims come forward. Photo of Philadelphia City Hall M. Dante
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