North America and the Caribbean

New York Dancers Win $10.8 Million Lawsuit

 

In the United States, the practice of paying for the right to work a shift at a strip club is widespread. Dancers at most of what are considered “upscale” clubs run the risk every night of leaving empty handed, or even in debt, after handing over “stage fees” of $50-100, and in some cases even more, at the beginning of each shift. For some, however, it is a risk worth taking when the potential reward is a hefty payout at the end of the night.

Canada: Anti Sex Worker Bill Passes Senate

 

The Protection of Communities and Exploited persons act, Bill C-36, a harmful new piece of legislation introduced by the Conservative Canadian government in response to last year’s Bedford decision, looks set to become law.

Oakland Landlords are Now Required to Evict Sex Workers

 

On October 21st the Oakland City Counsel quietly passed amendments to the Nuisance Eviction Ordinance requiring landlords to evict sex workers from the properties. Overshadowed by the passage of the Tenant Protection Ordinance, which aims to protect tenants against rent hikes, the amendment requiring the eviction of sex workers only came to light when journalist Susie Cagle tweeted about it.

Naomi Sayers

 

Naomi Sayers and Fierce Indigenous Feminism

Год: 
2014

Murdered Florida Sex Workers: Why Is No One Talking About Them?

On the 18th of September, two teenage girls were found dead on the side of a road in Jacksonville, Florida. The bodies of the two young women, Tjhisha Ball and Angelia Mangum, who were 19 and 18 years old, respectively, had apparently been thrown off an overpass and were discovered by a passerby in the early hours of the morning.

Activists Urge the AP to Adopt “Sex Work”

The Associated Press (the world’s largest newsgathering organisation, based in New York City) is accepting suggestions for the 2015 version of its stylebook, a writing style guide for journalists. The stylebook is updated annually to reflect changes in writing style and new guidelines, and this year sex worker activists are urging the organisation to drop “prostitute” in favor of the preferred “sex worker.”

Gender, Violence and Health – Contexts of vulnerability, resiliencies and care among people in the sex industry

 A “working paper” prepared as background to Building on the Evidence: An International Symposium on the Sex Industry in Canada

 

This paper is a result of a research programme in Canada’s sex industry: workers and their intimate partners, managers and clients.

Prostitution Free Zones Repealed in the District of Columbia

After nine years of organising, the joint efforts of NSWP member groups Best Practices Policy Best Practices Policy Project and HIPS, together with groups including Casa Ruby and the DC Trans Coalition have succeeded in having the District of Columbia’s “Prostitution Free Zone” policy overturned.

Red Umbrella Project Launch Report on New York’s Trafficking Courts

Launched in September 2013, New York’s Human Trafficking Courts (HTICs) are the first statewide human trafficking intervention within a justice system in the United States. The courts function as a “diversion” programme by connecting those arrested for prostitution to mandated social services rather than incarceration. Defendants who complete a mandated programme can have their case dismissed and sealed, provided that they are not rearrested within six months.