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The Activists Fighting to Decriminalize Sex Work


“Sex worker criminalization is about controlling women’s bodies.”

Banning sex work will be considered unthinkable 50 years from now


Collateral Damage: Sex Workers and the Anti-Trafficking Campaigns (Trailer- 2 min.)

“Sex work is one of the most maligned forms of labor, and often subject to misrepresentation and speculation. We asked two leading sex worker activists to break down some of the most common misconceptions.”

Common Myths About Sex Work, Debunked By Sex Workers

“Police officers confiscate condoms from sex workers and use them as evidence against them.”

Coverage of the SESTA-FOSTA legislation must include sex workers’ voices

“We are a group of sex workers, former sex workers, trafficking victims and allies that are advocating for policies that promote the health and safety of people involved in the sex industry.”

Coyote RI – Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics


“A Campaign to Decriminalize Sex Work in DC”


“We have an opportunity to right a long-standing wrong. Supporting the movement to decriminalize Adult Consensual Sex Work is central to gender justice and stops adding significant numbers to the ever-growing mass incarceration issue.”

Decriminalizing Sex Work Makes the Entire Black Community Safer


Decriminalizing the Sex Industry: Beyond the Myths and Misconceptions

“Mission: The Desiree Alliance is a national coalition of current and former sex workers working together with supporting networks for an improved understanding of sexual policies and its human, social and political impacts of criminalization surrounding global policies in sex work. … We advocate for the full anti-criminalization of sex work.”

Dominatrix Empress Wu Explains How She Heals Others Through Her Work

Don’t mix up sex work and sex trafficking, advocates for workers say

DSW - Decriminalize Sex Work

End Human Trafficking. Promote Health & Safety.



English Collective of Prostitutes


A Financial Breakdown Of My Life As A Sex Worker

Fighting stigma with storytelling: Lessons from a former sex-worker | Miranda Kane | TEDxAarhus

Former Sex Worker Maggie McNeill on Why We Should Decriminalize Prostitution


Global and Local Sex Workers Rights Movement in 2018 (Perspectives On Global Justice)


Here’s why sex work is legitimate work


I’m A Sex Worker, But I’m Not…

“June 2020, NYC and Philly sex working organizers speak on how they are surviving and caring for their communities.”

International Whores’ Day NYC Digital Rally – Live Stream

International Whores’ Day NYC Digital Rally – Recap

Iowa defense attorney is also a part-time prostitute


Kaytlin Bailey

“Policing prostitution isn’t protection, it’s patriarchy”

Kaytlin Bailey ~ Comic, Writer, Sex Workers’ Rights Advocate

“We would love a union, but we have to stop the arrests first.”

Kaytlin Bailey Explains to the Crew why Sex Can be Work!

DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey Testifies in D.C.


Let’s Talk About Sex Work | Hannah Witton

“We assert the right of consenting adults to provide sexual services to clients for compensation, and the right of clients to purchase sexual services from consenting sex workers,”

Libertarian Party Adopts New Sex Work Plank, Becomes Only Notable U.S. Party to Endorse Prostitution Decriminalization

“These moral panic proclamations and exaggerated or fabricated statistics are coming from activists who want stricter laws to criminalize prostitution, thus pushing it further underground. Spreading their message will only make actual sex slavery more difficult to detect.”

“In 2019, 10 sex workers were killed in France in the span of six months. Critics say that the Nordic model and its criminalisation of clients is to blame. Here’s why.”


“Who can justify denying women the right to work together for safety and to organise in a union? Yes, that is a question, who? Which trade union, which women’s organisation, which politician?”

#Makeallwomensafe: a campaign changing the terrain for sex workers

“If the idea of sex for money seems morally repugnant to you, then you may need to come to terms with the fact this is just own personal bias, and in no way constitutes grounds for prohibiting consensual sexual acts.”

“Often portrayed as hotbeds of human trafficking, workers, owners, and activists say these places can be a safe and reliable option for immigrants.”

Massage Parlors with ‘Happy Endings’ Give These Sex Workers a Decent Living

Melissa Gira Grant: The Work of Sex Work

Monica Jones- Speech at UN calling for Sex Workers’ Human Rights


“The controversial bill package FOSTA-SESTA has already impacted sites like Reddit, Craigslist, and Google — and that’s just the start.”

A new law intended to curb sex trafficking threatens the future of the internet as we know it

NYC Sex Workers’ Pop-Up: ‘Sex Work Is Work’

NEO Anti-Trafficking Fund

Promoting a Human Rights Response to Human Trafficking

“We believe that human trafficking is an extreme expression of economic and political disempowerment and must be addressed as a human rights issue by fighting for the freedom, well-being and dignity of all people and holding government accountable for its obligation to respect, protect and fulfill rights. We believe it is important to acknowledge trafficking occurring at the far end of a spectrum of labor exploitation, as a result of the erosion of human rights. We must address this range of exploitation in order to prevent human trafficking.”

NSWP - Global Network of Sex Work Projects

Promoting Health and Human Rights

NSWP Global Mapping of Sex Work Laws


“The Oldest Profession is a short animated documentary that explores the fight to decriminalize sex work in New York.”


free thinking for the world | beyond trafficking and slavery

“EXPERT DISCUSSION: We asked sex worker rights groups and allies around the world to discuss what works and doesn’t work when arguing for the decriminalisation of sex work. This series reports what they said.”

“New Zealand has shown that decriminalisation helps keeps sex workers safe on the job. Who will follow their lead?”

“Harm reduction does not exist in a vacuum.”

“Sex workers rights’ advocates and anti-trafficking professionals have more in common than they think.”

“Regular interaction with sex workers allowed some of the founders of the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women to rethink their moralistic aversion to ‘sex work as work’.”

“Feminist arguments against sex work are as influential as they are dangerous.”

“The path to decriminalized sex work in Louisiana leads through racism, poverty, homophobia, and predatory policing.”

“Ending mass incarceration and ending violence against sex workers are the same project.”

“Sometimes the solution is the framing of the problem.”

“Sometimes the solution is the framing of the problem.”

“Sex workers in the UK are gearing up for a fight to take back their rights. Who will join them?”

“Sex workers aren’t asking for you to approve of sex work, they’re asking for equal protection under the law.”

“Incorporating sex work into a national union has been a game changer in Brazil.”

“Sex workers united by respect!” – an interview with the Warrior Women’s Association of Brazil

“Sex workers’ organisations cannot content themselves with providing services to their communities. They must transform themselves into vehicles of political power.”


Peach on Pr0$titution



“In 1998, Maggie’s sister Sarah disappeared … diminish the stigma that pushes sex workers onto society’s margins.”

The red umbrella — sex work, stigma, & the law | Maggie de Vries | TEDxSFU

Respecting sex worker rights | Marion Little | TEDxPearsonCollegeUWC

Red Canary Song

“We are a grassroots collective of asian & migrant sex workers, organizing transnationally. Red Canary Song centers basebuilding with migrant workers through a labor rights framework and mutual aid. We believe that full decriminalization is necessary for labor organizing and anti-trafficking.”

Red Canary Song

Red Canary Song – Our Work

Red Canary Song – Resources

“No more police raids and deportations. Policing is not social work. Arrest and and sentencing, even with diversion programming, is not a humane way to deliver social services.”

Red Umbrella Fund

“The Red Umbrella Fund is the first global fund guided by and for sex workers. We believe that change will only be achieved through strong, collaborative movements of sex workers advocating for their rights, with the support of their allies.”


“It seems outrageous that I should have to say this, but I do: Sex work and human trafficking / sexual slavery are not the same thing. They are not even points on the same continuum, any more than rape is the binary opposite of good sex. No matter how bad sex gets, it doesn’t become rape by virtue of its badness; it becomes rape when consent is not given.”

Sex Work: Decriminalisation, Policing and Fighting for a Better Future

“Remember, we are not deserving of rights because we are respectable. We are deserving of rights because we are human”.

Sex work is integral to the feminist movement | Tilly Lawless | [email protected]

Sex Work | Philosophy Tube

Sex Work, Rights and Stigma | Claudyne Chevrier | TEDxUniversityofWinnipeg

Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival

Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce

Sex Worker Media Library


SEX WORKER RIGHTS: We support the rights of sex workers so they can live free from violence and abuse.

Sex Worker Voices at 2018 Vegas Women’s March

“I encourage people to think about this once the crisis has passed, that these issues of criminalization of people and the stigmatization of people have really intense effects on people’s health, safety and livelihood,” Holloway says. “Join us in fighting for sex worker justice that will help sex workers stay safer and healthier in the next wave of what is to come.”

Sex Workers Are Moving Online, Supporting Each Other During Coronavirus

“Don’t make a fuss we’ve heard enough about supposed mess we’re in”.

Sex Worker Rights Music Video-by Courtney Trouble and Scarlot Harlot

“Two sex workers stormed a demonstration by women opposed to a bill which would decriminalise sex work in New York.” They carried placards which said “Listen to sex workers” and “Consensual sex workers against sex trafficking”.

Sex workers storm New York protest against decriminalisation of prostitution: ‘Nothing about us without us’

She’s someone: Humanising women involved in street based sex work | Sally Tonkin | TEDxStKilda

Should Sex Work Be Decriminalized?

Someone you love could be a sex worker | Valerie Scott | TEDxToronto

“What follows is the story of The Million Dollar Male Escort”.

Sorry Your Grandma Was Mugged-I Was Busy Arresting A Hooker

“We want to save you! And if you don’t appreciate it you will be punished!”

A Swedish sexworker on the criminalization of clients

SWOP - Sex Workers Outreach Project





SWOP / Sex Workers Outreach Project – POSSETV Interview @ Exxxotica NJ 2011


“Decriminalizing sex work means sex workers are more likely to live without stigma, social exclusion, and fear of violence.”

Thanks to Uruguay, U.S. Sex Workers’ Human Rights Get Federal Attention




What a sex worker can teach us about human connection | Nicole Emma | TEDxSaltLakeCity

What do sex workers want? | Juno Mac | TEDxEastEnd

What media should be telling you about the fight to decriminalize sex work

The Whore Stigma with Margo St. James and Gail Pheterson

“Human Rights Watch supports the full decriminalization of consensual adult sex work.”
Why Sex Work Should Be Decriminalized ~ Questions and Answers

Why Sex Workers’ Rights Matter!

Why This Lawyer is Fighting to Decriminalize Sex Work in New York | NowThis

Why we should decriminalize all sex work | Riley J. Dennis

Will Legalizing Sex Work Protect Women?

“Electronic Frontier Foundation represents two human rights organizations, a digital library, an activist for sex workers, and a certified massage therapist in a lawsuit challenging the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, or FOSTA, on grounds that it silences online speech by muzzling Internet users and forcing online platforms to censor their users. FOSTA represents the most broadly-based and comprehensive legislative censorship of Internet speech since Congress passed the anti-indecency provisions of the Communications Decency Act in 1996.”

Woodhull Freedom Foundation et al. v. United States




Additional Quotes

“Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

“Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Nothing About Us Without Us.”

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

“Prostitution is a funny thing. It’s the only thing I can think of that’s perfectly legal if you do it for free, but it you get paid, it’s illegal – unless it’s filmed. It’s so obviously not a crime. C’mon, what other crime is like that?” ~ DarkMatter2525 comment on Making Sex Work

“Sex Work Is Real Work.”

“Sex Workers Need Rights Not Rescue.”

“Sex Worker Rights are Human Rights.”

“There are many reasons why people have sex ~ money is one.”

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“The world is filled with love-play, from animal lust to sublime compassion.” ~ Alan W. Watts


Sex Work Rights is dedicated with love to all the consenting adults who provide connection to those in need of it, those who support them in return, and the many who advocate for them. You are heroes, you save lives, you are human beings, you deserve rights, and we are here to help. Together, with greater awareness and understanding, we will have a world that is more kind and compassionate for everyone. A world in which sex work is destigmatized and decriminalized.

HERO (Official Music Video) Fearless Motivation