December 17th is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Started in Seattle in 2003 by Dr. Annie Sprinkle and SWOP-USA as a tribute to the victims of the Green River Killer, December 17th has become a global movement. Here at All In A Day’s (Sex) Work, we will observe December 17th by telling 17 stories. Every day between now and the 17th, I’ll post a mini episode in rememberance of a sex worker lost to violence. On the 17th, SWOP-Behind Bars will be hosting a 24-hour online vigil which is open to the public. https://www.facebook.com/InternationalDaytoendViolenceAgainstSexWorkers/
An Essex County (New Jersey) jury deliberated for just two hours on Thursday before convicting Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 23, who now faces up to a life in prison plus 80 years. Prosecutors said Wheeler-Weaver, of Orange, killed 20-year-old Sarah Butler, 33-year-old Joanne Brown and 19-year-old Robin West in 2016. They also accuse him of trying to kill another woman, identified in court documents only as T.T. who survived and testified against him at his trial. -Daily Mail Online
Police have a term for murdered sex workers. The term is “Less than Dead.” This is the literal station house and locker room phrase and has also been used to describe the level of zeal when a crime is committed against sex workers. It was not suprising hearing those words echo from the bushes in Upper Arlington this morning. Viewing this latest case, and the context and the official reaction makes the echos loud. 23 year old Bobbie Renee Simpson, whose body was found burning in a bush on the side of a park trail by a jogger the previous morning. The police are investigating the crime as an arson and abuse of a corpse. Arson is a felony. Abuse of a corpse is a misdemeanor. In the eyes of the police the burning bush was more alive than Bobbie Renee Simpson. - Mockingbird Paper / Ohio
We, as one global community renew our commitment to solidarity on December 17,” said Melanie Dante, former sex worker who was one of the organizers at the Philadelphia events this year. "December 17 Events aim to raise outrage at violence against sex workers and strengthen sex worker communities and responses to the systematic, daily violence and exclusion sex workers experience.”
Community Meet & Greet To Discuss Safety and SESTA
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
Eris Vayle & M. Dante discussed D/17 with Representative Elizabeth Edwards and NH public television hostess Elizabeth Kopp. They hope to hold New Hampshire's first December 17th vigil this year.