"When I say I’m “pro-sex work,” obviously there are some terrible conditions, and there are obviously horrible circumstances where people are forced into that line of work. But there are also people doing it because they want to do it, and their rights need to be acknowledged. I think that their rights need to be fought for, because that profession in itself — when it’s all done in a way that should be done, and everyone has rights and it’s safe — is a necessary and honorable profession."
— Emily Browning
"The United States is a nation that’s supposed to promote agency and choice. It’s a country that was built on the verbal foundation of equal protection for all. How is it possible that sex workers face repeated discrimination and lack of services, simply because they sell what people naturally want for a living? More than anything, it feels as if the federal stance on prostitution is just another attack on a population of people that don’t fit the tight definition of what an American should look like, behave, and be."
Sex Worker Rights: Stigma Trumps Social Services
"The problem is, real people buy sex, and real people sell sex. The numbers on how many people are involved in the sex trade are notoriously hard to gather, or trust, but there is one constant: buyers are not buying people. When politicians, social service providers and celebrity philanthropists insist that sex workers are selling ourselves, they engage in the same kind of dehumanisation that they claim johns do to us. When they claim that men can buy us, they rob us of our power and our choices."
Melissa Gira Grant on Alternet: What’s Wrong with Ashton Kutcher’s Campaign Against Sex Work? Plenty.
"Calling prostitution “a dangerous, violent crime,” NOPD Police Chief Ronal Serpas announced today that New Orleans police had arrested 67 sex workers in the months of July and August in an undercover operation that also involved State Police, the FBI and the Secret Service."
NOPD Declares War on Sex Workers - Louisiana Justice Institute, 9/8/11
Shame on the NOPD.
“A person who works in the sex industry.”
“Collectively, businesses that provide sex-related products.”
Neither of these terms refer exclusively to prostitution. A sex worker could be an actor in pornography, an erotic dancer working at a club, a phone sex operator, a exhibition worker, and numerous other occupations related to sex! In addition, many of those involved in said sex industry occupations are not forced into it.