Death of Robin Few

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13 Sep

On September 13th, 2012, sex worker rights activist Robin Few passed away after a long struggle with cancer. She was 53.

Originally from Kentucky, Few ran away from home at the age of thirteen and later became an exotic dancer. She went to California in 1993 to pursue theater and become an activist and worked again in the sex industry in 1996. In June of 2002, the FBI arrested Few under the direction of John Ashcroft who, using the recently signed Patriot Act, was able to equate terrorism with prostitution. She was convicted on one federal count of conspiracy to promote prostitution and received six months house arrest, during which time she was allowed to continue her activism.

In October 2003, Few founded the Sex Workers Outreach Project, USA (SWOP-USA), which, today, has grown into a national network with many chapters across the country.

In San Francisco on December 17th 2003, together with Annie Sprinkle, Few organised the first International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, which is now an important date in the sex worker communities’ calendars, and commemorated annually all over the world.