The Israeli army opened fire towards Palestinian farmers east of Khan Younis in Gaza, killing 1 and injuring more than 7 (one in a critical condition), for looking like they were going to protest.
Israel breaks every fucking ceasefire.
I, Teagan Ism (x363887) of Industrial Workers of the World iu 690 (Sex Workers Union), would like to take this moment to raise and fully extend both of my middle fingers to every idiot in California who voted ‘yes’ on Proposition 35.
Congratulations. You’ve given this state a green light to collect data on my fellow workers, to condemn and criminalize my fellow workers for participating in their industry, and wrongly label them as ‘sex offenders’, under the guise of ending human trafficking. Human trafficking is, of course, a horrible industry. I see it everywhere, because I work in the sex industry. I see women forced to prostitute themselves in strip clubs every night of the week to make money for their pimps and pay out exorbitant amounts of money to the club management, women brought into the states with fake visas and passports from all over the world, forced to perform sexual acts on strangers against their will to pay back ‘debts’ to the people who deceived them into coming to America with false promises of high-paying gigs as models and cocktail waitresses. This is wrong. This should absolutely be stopped. But it won’t be stopped by compiling data on sex workers and labeling us all as ‘sex offenders’.
Proposition 35 further criminalizes sex work. This, in turn, will discourage sex workers from reporting trafficking, abuse, and violence. Lawyers who have analyzed this legislation agree that Prop. 35 will not result in the successful prosecution of more traffickers. In fact, they predict that it will lead to a larger number of people who are NOT traffickers being coerced into taking plea bargains for lesser charges when faced with the threat of being labeled a sex offender for life. Naturally, this will result in more poor people and people of color in California’s prison system.
Locking sex workers in our state’s woefully flawed prison system is not the answer to the issue of human trafficking. The sex industry needs support and resources for its participants. St. James Infirmary in San Francisco is an incredible example of this, providing free basic health care, STI/HIV screening, transgender hormone therapy, and other health services to former and current sex workers, as well as their current partners and families. Other groups, such as the Sex Worker Outreach Project and the Red Umbrella Project provide various other resources to sex workers, including support groups, media outreach, and other advocacy programs.
If you want to be an ally to sex workers, the Sex Worker Outreach Project has a fantastic list of ways to get started. There’s a Sex Worker Outreach Project chapter in many major cities; see if yours has one! And of course, one more great way to be an ally to sex workers is to demand funding for programs that help us, instead of voting for legislation that condemns us.
the Global Network of Sex Work Projects has a condemnation on their site too (from before it passed) which adds a different awful problem with it:
The expanded definition of the crimes of “pimping”, “pandering” and “trafficking” are designed in a way that can be extended to sex workers and any person who is supported by their earnings, including their families and children. Severe criminal punishment can therefore be used against any adult sex worker or their families, including them being placed on the sex offenders register for life.