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Fact Sheet: A guide to choosing a sex worker-affirmative therapist

By |2017-12-03T15:53:18+00:00December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Fact Sheets, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Finding a sex worker-affirmative therapist Due to the stigma of sex work, sex workers can be vulnerable to microaggressions, minority stress and may experience discrimination when they access basic services, like healthcare or therapy. As such, this guide is intended to help people with sex work experience in finding a mental health professional that approaches sex [...]

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Public shaming of sex workers increases minority stress and harm

By |2017-08-09T19:51:22+00:00August 8th, 2017|Categories: Hear Our Voice|Tags: , , , , , , |

Contact: Katie Bloomquist, Vice President, SWOP USA– katie@swopusa.org Another sex worker has been arrested and charged for selling sexual labor in Minnesota. Two years later, a writer at the Star Tribune published an article containing photos of her face, her legal name, and work name - with a salacious headline about a “high-end prostitute” AND the [...]

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Moral Panic Monthly: Super Bowl Anti Sex-Trafficking Campaign Harms Minnesota Sex Workers

By |2017-07-10T16:04:48+00:00July 10th, 2017|Categories: Blogs, Call to action, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is the first installment of our coverage of the moral panic surrounding Super Bowl LII set for February 4th, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Under the guise of anti-sex trafficking and safety, Minnesota campaign efforts reinforce harmful anti-sex work moral [and actual] policing of marginalized sex work communities and promote increased violence and stigma. Throughout the [...]

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SWOP-USA Stands in Solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives

By |2016-08-04T17:08:24+00:00August 4th, 2016|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , |

On Monday, the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) released “A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom, & Justice.”  SWOP-USA stands in solidarity with M4BL.  Within the vast and nuanced policy briefs, M4BL called for: The retroactive decriminalization, immediate release and record expungement of all drug related offenses and prostitution, and reparations for [...]

Why Mitchell’s Column Crosses the Line

By |2017-01-25T05:19:06+00:00September 19th, 2015|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , , |

On Friday, the Chicago Reader published a column by Mitchel Miner titled "Let Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell write what she thinks about rape." In the column, Miner wrote that while he disagreed with Mitchell's views, "Mitchell has been a Sun-Times columnist more than 20 years and long ago earned the right to be wrong. Actually, it's a [...]

Responding to Rape Culture and Mary Mitchell’s Sun-Times Column

By |2017-01-25T05:19:06+00:00September 16th, 2015|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , |

Community members respond to Mary Mitchell's Sunday, September 13th column questioning whether sex workers could be raped and should have access to the criminal justice system and victim services:     Here is a charming article that calls the rape of a sex worker "theft of services" and actually includes the line, "for law enforcement to [...]

The Research Blog: How Accurate is the “Happy Hooker” Stereotype?

By |2017-01-25T05:19:06+00:00September 8th, 2015|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , , |

  This is the first research-on-sex-work blog, by board member Katie Hail-Jares, also a PhD candidate in Criminology at American University and an associate professor at Georgetown University. Stay tuned for more, and send any questions about sex work and sex trafficking facts and research to support@swopusa.org!  The Question: I was pulled into a Facebook discussion [...]

Male Sex Workers Condemn Raid on RentBoy.com

By |2017-01-25T05:19:07+00:00August 28th, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

  Rentboy.com Press Release (.pdf) [8/26/2015] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Danny Cruz SWOP-USA itsdannycruz@gmail.com swopusamedia@gmail.com 844-796-7722 (ext 1) 877-776-2004 (ext 5)   Male Sex Workers Condemn Raid on RentBoy.com   On Tuesday, federal police in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security raided Rentboy, a male escort advertising website, arresting the CEO and 6 [...]

Who Does SWOP Serve?

By |2015-08-04T01:10:15+00:00August 4th, 2015|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , , , , , , |

SWOP-USA is an umbrella organization that offers support, mentorship, and fiscal sponsorship to local SWOP Chapters across North America. SWOP-USA is comprised of a small team of dedicated volunteer activists, which makes up the Board of Directors. Our budget is modest (we accrued $54,000 in 2014 in donations, grants, merch, and special events), the bulk of [...]

Our Chapters’ Activism this Month

By |2017-01-25T05:19:08+00:00March 19th, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Events|Tags: , , , , , |

International Sex Worker Rights Day prompted activism across the country and world on and during the week of March 3rd. SWOP-Seattle organized a high impact demonstration and lobbying day and released a review of legislation impacting sex workers. According to the chapter site: On International Sex Worker Rights Day, supporters from SWOP-Seattle amassed at the State [...]

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