Men Kill 17 Women in April – Evrim Kepenek (Istanbul)

Forced sex work. Men forced at least 11 women to sex work in April. This figure was 33 in the same month last year. Ten of the women who were forced to sex work were not citizens of Turkey. Judicial process. There were at least 14 perpetrators who forced women to sex work. Only two perpetrators were arrested. At least 12 perpetrators were detained. Explanation. The bianet Male Violence Monitoring Report only covers women who lost their lives as a result of male violence. We do not include any violence cases or crimes that are not gender-based. Throughout the year, we keep track of unidentified murders and suspicious deaths of women in separate monthly tallies but do not add them to the number presented in the headline. At the end of the year, we examine these cases of unidentified murders and suspicious deaths to determine whether the crimes were gender-based. We add the gender-based incidents into the report.

NYC’s Sex Work Exhibition Officially Pops Off

The week-long event will culminate in a town hall with prominent New York politician State Sen. Julia Salazar (D-Bushwick, Cypress Hills, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville,  East New York) and progressive Tiffany Cabán discussing sex industry reform legislation in New York State. 
The Stop Violence in the Sex Trade Act, a package of bills that support the full decriminalization of the entire sex industry not just workers or victims, was first introduced in New York in 2019 by Salazar. It has yet to be passed into law. - Ariama Long TIME

New Jersey man, 23, convicted of murdering three women and attempting to slay a fourth | Daily Mail Online

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

Sex Worker Founded Dead and Burned in Upper Arlington. Police refuse to call it murder. | Mockingbird Paper

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

IDTEVASW in Philadelphia Free Press 2018

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.”