Who do you work with?:
Our project is open to people who sell sex or sexual services - including workers in brothels, escort agencies, outdoors, flats, independents, bars, on the phone or internet, strippers, dancers, models, porn stars and glamour models. We respect people's choices or circumstances about continuing to work in the sex industry or exiting the industry.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
x:talk project is a sex worker-led workers co-operative which approaches language teaching as knowledge sharing between equals and regards the ability to communicate as a fundamental tool for sex workers to work in safer conditions, to organise and to socialise with each other.
Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?:
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Critique the trafficking paradigm that conflates representations of sex work, migration, and mobility
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face:
The two main challenges we currently face are 1) raids, arrests and deportation conducted by law enforcement and immigration officials in the name of anti-trafficking efforts and 2) general violence and stigma against sex workers.
Describe other areas of your work:
In addition to providing free English classes to migrant sex workers, we: support critical interventions around issues of migration, race, gender, sexuality and labour; participate in feminist and anti-racist campaigns; challenge victimizing anti-trafficking rhetoric; and are active in the struggle for rights of sex workers in the UK and globally. We believe the best way to challenge stigma, isolation and victimisation is through sharing a collective voice. Therefore, we approach language teaching as knowledge sharing between equals and regard the ability to communicate as a fundamental tool to work in safer conditions, to organise/socialise, and to get our voices heard.