The next meeting for Coalition for Rights & Safety for People in the Sex Trade is scheduled on Friday, June 29th at 10:30am. Please contact us with an introduction for the location. Current and former sex workers, people with history in the sex trade, and our allies are welcome to attend the meeting.
Topics will include:
- Local organizing on FOSTA/SESTA on June 1/2 Report Back
- Pride & AMC Report Back
- “Prioritizing Safety for Sex Workers” in Washington/Seattle
- Survey update
- Grants (Third Wave/Social Justice Fund/etc.) and finances update
- … and more!
(note: Washington State only)
At last Tuesday’s Community Emergency Gathering for Trans and Gender-Diverse People in the Sex Trade we launched the Community Survey on Policy Changes to Protect Rights & Safety.
Funded in part by Third Wave Fund’s Mobilize Power grant, the survey is intended to collect stories of people in the sex trade in Seattle/King County/Washington State and to amplify their voices in the policy conversations from which people most impacted by them are routinely excluded from consideration.
We are not outside academic researchers building careers for ourselves. About half of us are current and former sex workers or people with histories in the sex trade, and the rest are our friends and allies in various community groups.
If you are interested in being part of the survey or learning about more about it, please read our Survey invitation. Participants have an option to receive a $50 VISA or MasterCard gift card after completing the survey.
Emergency Gathering for Trans & Gender-Diverse People in the Sex Trade
Earn $150 on April 24 @ 3-6pm
Call: 206-538-0423 for location & to RSVP
Since the passage of the law targeting websites people in the sex trade use to connect with their clients and the sudden closure of such websites, many people in our trans and gender-diverse communities are struggling for our survival.
If you have been trading sexual services to make ends meet and are looking for support and resources to get through these difficult times, please join our Community Emergency Gathering for Trans & Gender-Diverse People in the Sex Trade.
We will have coffee/tea and hot food, and provide a $50 gift card from Gender Justice League as a thank you for your participation. In addition, Coalition for Rights & Safety for People in the Sex Trade will be conducting a survey for those who wish to take part in it, which will come with a compensation of a $100 gift card.
Please call (206) 538-0423 to find out the location and to RSVP! And please share this info with your friends who engage in sex trade!
Earlier this month, President Trump signed into law FOSTA/SESTA, a law that targets online platforms that people in the sex trade use to connect with their potential clients. Even before the law went into effect, many such online platforms have either shut down or changed rules to push out people who have previously depended on them for their livelihood.
Almost immediately, we began hearing from members of our community who are facing extremely difficult choices as a major portion of their livelihood vanished overnight. Some are fearing that they might become homeless soon because they cannot pay next month’s rent, while others are thinking about going back to working the street. Others, especially those who have experienced horrible abuses while living or working on the street in the past are contemplating suicide out of pure desperation. An influx of individuals who have previously worked online onto the street will undoubtedly also impact those who have been on the street already with additional competition and increased police attention.
Coalition for Rights & Safety for People in the Sex Trade issued a semiannual report on its activities since the founding in March 2017. In this six months, the Coalition grew from a figment of imagination into a network of 14 community groups concerned about the safety and rights of people in the sex trade and began working on a variety of policy change projects. Click here to read the report!
Welcome to the website of the Coalition for Rights & Safety for People in the Sex Trade! We are a network of community groups and individuals in Seattle/King County area joining together to promote policy changes that will protect rights and safety for sex workers and people in the sex trade. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us!