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.
Pimps have been contacting many of our community members, offering to connect them to clients for a cut. Some clients are now demanding sex workers and people in the sex trade to do more for less money because of the workers’ reduced bargaining power. Some people in our community have told us that they have stopped screening clients because they can’t afford to turn down any opportunity to get cash, or lowered their standards and boundaries.
We are planning to do a larger survey to find out the full impact of FOSTA/SESTA and website shutdown on our community, but these are the stories we have heard in the last week or so. This is not about politics; it’s about our lives. FOSTA/SESTA is a badly structured law that punishes the vulnerable population while giving more power to pimps and clients.
Please contact us if you are in Seattle/King County area and want to join us as we figure out how to protect members of our community. To find out more about FOSTA/SESTA, please see the following websites:
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!
The next meeting for Coalition for Rights & Safety for People in the Sex Trade is scheduled on Friday, August 18th 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 for the August meeting include:
- Safe Access project update
- Department of Health HIV exposure/transmission legislative reform
- Police conduct agreement
- Report from the national summit on sex work and criminal justice reform
- …and other topics as they come up
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!