International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Published: 17 December 2019 Tags: By Joe Nellist
Today marks International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, a time to show solidarity and support to sex workers who continue to face higher levels of abuse and murder due to their work. According to National Ugly Mugs ‘In the UK, 184* people involved in sex work were murdered since 1990’ although we know this is likely to be much higher due to misreporting.
We’re proud to stand alongside National Ugly Mugs, Men’s Room, MASH, Survivors Manchester and SWARM North to support sex workers in reporting sexual violence and abuse, navigating healthcare and support services, and treating sex workers with the dignity and respect that they deserve.
If you’re a sex worker, we want you to know the following:
- Sex work is work
- Your experiences are valid and we believe in you
- LGBT Foundation believes that sex work should be decriminalised
- We advocate for rights in commissioning and funding meetings
If you’re a sex worker advocate, remember:
- Listen to and amplify the experiences of sex workers
- Know how to report to National Ugly Mugs
- Wear a red umbrella pin badge to show sex workers you stand with them and that they can confide in you
- Ask service users if they’re involved in sex work, and whether they need any support in their practice
- Advocate for policies that support sex workers, such as the decriminalisation of sex work
LGBT Foundation is committed to advocating for sex worker’s rights to access services and space without fear of prejudice or abuse. From January, we’ll be establishing a monthly space for LGBTQ+ sex workers to meet and share their experiences, interests and meet new people. If you’re interested in joining the space email [email protected]