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Thursday, July 4 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Sex Work and Sex Trade: Policing in the Carceral State

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SESTA/FOSTA has changed the landscape of how sex workers are able to relate to their work, reversing many of the positive ways the internet had increased independence. Not only interfering with work directly these draconian legislative measures have made harm reduction, like sharing information about safer practices with other people in the sex trade, illegal. Attempts to scapegoat sex workers for the ills of society are not new. From sexist laws about unaccompanied women in public, profiling of trans Black women as prostitutes by law enforcement using condoms as evidence, racist immigration policies, and carceralism are about controlling bodies and public space more than keeping anyone safe from "traffickers." Making sex work illegal makes all workers more vulnerable to threat from the state.

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Carol Leigh

Carol Leigh has been an artist and sex worker activist since the late seventies when she coined the term 'sex work.' http://www.bayswan.org/sexwork-oed.html  Leigh’s activism spans decades, as a COYOTE member, founding member of (Bay Area) ACT UP and SWOP, and co-founder of B... Read More →

Kelli Dorsey

Kelli Dorsey was born and raised in Wheaton, MD outside of the DC metropolitan area. This is where she learned harm reduction, how to organize and developed her radical analysis. She's participated in many aspects of the harm reduction community, organizing for people who trade sex... Read More →

Thursday July 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
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