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Speak Up! Guide to Strategic Media Tools and Tactics to Amplify the Voices of People in the Sex Trades

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2013

Speak Up! Guide to Strategic Media Tools and Tactics to Amplify the Voices of People in the Sex Trades

This 35 page publication shares information, skills, and tactics for engaging with the media for those who want to achieve better and more effective media representation of people in the sex trades. The guide is geared toward people who are interested in engaging with media because they want to make change by and for people in the sex trades – both in the ways we are represented and in the institutional structures that negatively impact our lives.

Kenyan sex workers demand removal of TV documentary that outs sex workers and violates our rights!

PRESS RELEASE ON K24’s FEATURE, BWETA LA UHALIFU: NDOA HADAA

We, the undersigned, having noted with concern, the recent feature story by K24 TV’s Bweta La Uhalifu: Ndoa Hadaa, aired on Monday and Tuesday, July 8-9, 2013, at prime time, where they showed various sex work hotspots in Nairobi’s CBD, and having exposed the faces of some of the female sex workers and their clients, including their lodgings, wish to condemn the blatant exposure of the persons featured in this documentary by K24 and general content and messaging of the feature.

We note:

The disregard by the journalists and producers by showing, on live television, the faces of women who sell sex thereby exposing them to risk such as beatings, rejection, shame and discrimination.

The use of tricks by the show’s producers to blackmail and entice the sex workers into giving their personal stories and using hidden cameras, to capture faces and locations, is also suspect and in clear violation of journalism ethics and practices. 

The decision to show public exposure by some of the sex workers on live television was demeaning and dangerous to young persons who watch the show.

St James Infirmary posters presented at international conference

At the recent World Health Organisation conference in Montreaux, Switzerland looking at addressing violence against sex workers in the context of HIV, St. James Infirmary programmes director Stephany Ashley presented information about their media campaign on the public transport system.  

ProstitutionSpeak, ideology, and death

Scott Long writes on his website, Paper Bird, about the way the media reports on sex work, Nicholas Kristof and the misuse of language by ideological opponents of sex work.