Remember those lost at Green River + Vancouver BC + South Africa + Brisbane + China + New Zealand + Scotland + Australia

17 12 2006


Dear Friends,


Thank you for standing in solidarity with your brothers and sisters here in the United States and around the world. Today is a very important day, because today we remember all the women and men who have lost their lives because they chose to do sex work as their profession. It is incomprehensible to me why somebody would want to harm another human being because they are a prostitute. I will never understand why prostitutes do not deserve equal protection under the law. It is time to end the criminalization of prostitution and begin the healing process to stop discrimation and violence against sex workers. As long as we remain criminals, we will not be safe. As long as we are criminals, society will continue to abuse and dismiss us. We are human beings and we deserve to be safe. Decriminalize prostitution now and protect us, your brothers, sisters, mother’s, fathers, daughters and sons lives depend on it. 

We have compiled a list of names of women and girls, men and boys that have died while working in the line of prostitution.

Below are the names we could find. Please remember all of those that we could not find.

In Solidarity,

Robyn Few



17 December – Silent candle demonstration in Helsinki

17 12 2006

VIP LOUNGE postkort

Current issues in Salli and in Finland

17th December
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

A silent candle demonstration on Sunday 17 December 2006 at 6 pm

The Venue: The corner of Mannerheimintie and Simonkatu (a major street corner in the city centre), Helsinki, Finland
Take with you: a red candle or lantern and a red umbrella

Everyone is wellcome.

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This demonstration is arranged by SALLI.

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers has been launched by SWOP-USA.

See also

17 December – International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

17 12 2006

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SWOP began the annual “International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers” on December 17, 2003, the day before the conviction of Seattle’s, Green River Killer. “We wanted everyone in the world to know that because of the criminalization of prostitution it took 23 years to convict a man of killing at least 48 women,” said Stacey Swimme, SWOP-AZ.  “Police ignored vital information given by prostitutes and pimps because of stigma and discrimination.” Such deadly violence against sex workers is thought to be a recurring social pattern. Serial killers know that the criminalization of prostitution prohibits sex workers from seeking protection from police and that stigma causes the public to believe that violence is part of sex workers’ job description.

Police in our communities should prioritize addressing violence against sex workers, yet the stigma and criminalization increases vulnerability and undermines recourse. Often society views sex workers as separate and inconsequential. “When dangerous killers are on the loose, all women are at risk because the endemic sexual justification for violence does not only apply to prostitutes. It is part of a deeply ingrained misogyny in our society that condones the punishment of ‘sexual’ women. A violent crime against one woman is a crime against all women, regardless of their occupation, race, or class, and is never justified.” says Dr. Avaren Ipsen, SWOP Campaign Coordinator  and co-chair of Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women.

Green River Killer at WIKIPEDIA


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Norma Jean Almodovar, founder of ISWFACE ( ) and Jenna Jasmine ( ), founder of SWOP-LA are creating a display on Ocean Front Walk in Venice Beach on Sunday, December 17th from 12pm-4pm.  They are calling attention to International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.  Under their tent you will be able to donate $5 for 10 minutes of “Real Talk with a Real LIVE HAPPY SEX WORKER.”  Topics ranging from sex advice to holiday plans will all be fair game.   Donations will go towards the two local sex worker rights organizations that the two women run in Los Angeles.  Aside from educating yourself with information and advice, participants are invited to add a “whore story” to their “whore memorial” wall, a temporal installation of anonymous stories about how the word whore has negatively affected or traumatized them.   “The death of punitive stigma around words like whore and prostitute is the first step that sex workers and non sex workers alike can take in critically examine how institutionalized misogyny really operates on a daily basis.” says Jenna Jasmine who identifies as a proud whore activist. (SWOP-LA).

In 2003, the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA in California called for vigils around the country and the world to bring attention to the sentencing of Gary Ridgeway, aka the Green River Killer, who confessed to murdering 48 women. Ridgeway said during his court case why he targeted young women working on the streets – “I picked prostitutes because I thought I could kill as many of them as I wanted without getting caught.” His belief that police didn’t prioritize investigating the murders of sex workers was reflected in the fact that he wasn’t caught until 21 years after his  first killing.  2006 is marked with the killings of six female bodied street prostitutes in Atlantic City, as recent as November of this year; the high profile Duke Rape Case, and this week’s new victims murdered in the UK.

The political became very personal for Jenna Jasmine when she was recently robbed by a bad client in a motel in Bell Gardens – the same week that the four women’s bodies were found in a marsh in Atlantic City.  “I now know the frustration of not being able to use the police as a source of protection from violence.  The people that prey on prostitutes are clearly aware of our inability to use the police for protection from violence as well.  The man who robbed me was taunting me about this very fact.  There are people that HATE us.  There are police codes for the deaths of prostitutes classified as NHI (No Humans Involved).  It made NO difference that I was a supposedly privileged college educated call girl.  That morning, to that twenty something year old punk, if he had decided to do anything worse than take my money, my cell phone and my palm pilot I am very aware that I would have been the latest  “prostitute found dead in a motel” headline.  Most sex workers prioritize police retaliation over standing up for their rights as human beings.


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International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Sunday, December 17th 

Where: UNLV, 5:30pm, Student Union, room 205 
What: Informational session on violence against sex workers- causes, issues, and policy exploration 

Afterwards, join us for a Vigil (location to be announced) where we remember women and transgender people who have been killed because they were sex workers. Bring a red umbrella and dress in black to show your support of eliminating violence against sex workers!  

Annie Sprinkle offers specific ways you can participate Dec. 17th. 

Ten Things You Can Do to Participate in the Fourth Annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 

On December 17th, people around the world will be calling attention to hate crimes against sex workers, namely prostitutes. Here are some suggestions and options for ways to participate. Or by all means, make up your own.  

#1. Do something of personal meaning alone at home; take a ritual bath, or simply think about those who have died, light a candle, make a wish, have a cry, call a friend and discuss the topic, etc. 

#2. Write a short personal quote or a statement about violence against sex workers and send to the SWOP web site ( for them to post. 

#3. Send a donation to a nonprofit group that helps sex workers stay safer. 

#4. Organize a public memorial event in your town. If not, choose a place, and time, where you can gather. Make an email letter and/or flyer and get it around with news of the event. Invite people to bring writings, stories, readings, thoughts, related news items, poems, performances, etc. Make a circle at the event. Take turns sharing. This will make for a wonderful memorial and be great for consciousness raising and outreach as well. 

#5. Organize a panel discussion about violence towards sex workers. You can ask a church or other community space if you can do it there. 

#6. Send news of this event to any and all press you know, so the word gets out that there are people who care about murdered sex workers, and who are concerned with the safety of sex workers out there today. 

#7. Attend one of the events which is listed on the SWOP web site. 

#8. If you know any sex workers, send them some information about self-defense. 

#9. Send a personal email letter to people telling them how you feel about violence against sex workers and the women who were murdered by serial killer Gary Ridgeway. Or email this letter around. 

#10. Read Daisy Anarchy’s poem to yourself or to friends, or at one of the public events. Or email it around. 

Visit  for more information on the cause.

How the Dutch protect their prostitutes

15 12 2006


By Patrick Jackson
BBC News


As the murder of prostitutes in Suffolk grips the UK, BBC News looks at some of the safety mechanisms being used in the Netherlands to protect local sex workers there from violence.


Campaigners for EU “street walkers” use a red umbrella as their symbol

This Sunday, campaigners in North America and Europe will be marking an End Violence Against Sex Workers Day with vigils, demonstrations and posters.

The murders in Suffolk “are another horrifying chapter in a long history of violence towards sex workers”, says Petra Timmermans, a Netherlands-based campaigner for the human rights of prostitutes.

For Ms Timmermans, the coordinator of the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers (ICRSW), the vulnerability of prostitutes to violence is inextricably bound up in social attitudes.

We decide that some people aren’t worth our time and violent people know that

Petra Timmermans
campaigner for prostitutes’ rights

Prostitution in the Netherlands involving Dutch or other EU citizens is a legal occupation, and a recent report by the foreign ministry shows that most work in brothels or sex clubs.

They can openly advertise their services in newspapers and on the internet.

However, a small number of legal prostitutes still solicit on the streets, government statistics show.

In response, a number of cities have created official “street walking zones” which feature special car parks for prostitutes and their clients.

Condoms and coffee

These car parks have privacy screens – “a bit like stalls”, says Ms Timmermans – between which prostitutes can conduct their business in their clients’ cars.


Netherlands: prostitutes treated as self-employed persons; street prostitution in managed zones; brothels legal but subject to licensing

Germany: similar rights for prostitutes to those of the Dutch though prostitution subject to VAT; legal brothels and recognised red light zones

France: prostitution legal – soliciting and procuring are not

Sweden: prostitution legal but buying sex is not, so clients risk prosecution

UK: prostitution not officially illegal but soliciting, procuring and brothel-keeping are

Security cameras monitor the car parks and social services provide advice, medical information and condoms.

“You can talk to a social worker, you can get a shower, a cup of coffee, things like that,” says the ICRSW’s coordinator.

“I have never heard of anyone ever being hurt, or at least seriously hurt, in a zone.”

According to the foreign ministry, “the introduction of these zones has significantly increased the safety of street walkers”.

Government figures from 2004 showed that people driven into high-risk prostitution by drug addiction – a phenomenon common among EU prostitutes – made up about 10% of all prostitutes in the Netherlands.

This is thanks to good drug outreach programmes, Ms Timmermans suggests.

And she adds that the attitude of the country’s police – “they are great in general” – is also an important factor.

Preying on the ‘worthless’

End Violence Against Sex Workers Day came about in 2003 in response to the Green River serial murders in the US, in which 48 women, most of them street-walking prostitutes, were murdered around Seattle over some 15 years.

17 dec postcard

“Violence is not part of the job description” – campaign slogan

The Suffolk murders will be in the minds of Sunday’s protesters along with the trial of a Canadian man for the alleged murders of at least 26 sex workers in Vancouver.

Petra Timmermans believes that if social attitudes to prostitutes changed, there would be less risk of such crimes occurring.

“We decide that some people aren’t worth our time and violent people know that,” she says.

Prostitution is a fact of life, she argues, and in order to protect those women and men who engage in it, it should be given equal status to other occupations.

“We know, for instance, that there is exploitation in the textile industry but we don’t scream ‘Stop buying clothing’ – we talk about labour rights and working conditions,” Ms Timmermans says.

“We need to start talking in that way about prostitution.”

Dutch prostitutes do still get hurt, she adds, but the Netherlands has made “many more women’s lives safer and gone a long way in challenging many long-held biases that have let killers off the hook”.

IUSW press release regarding Ipswich murders

14 12 2006


International Union Of Sex Workers calls for decriminalisation of sex work to increase worker safety

The confirmed murders of three prostitutes in the Ipswich area and concerns for a missing fourth highlight the desperate need for decriminalisation of sex work, states the International Union of Sex Workers (IUSW).

“Sex workers are currently forced into dangerous working situations by the illegality surrounding their profession, and do not feel able to report offences or concerns to police for fear of arrest,” says Ana Lopes, President of the IUSW. “ASBOs and proposed laws to criminalise clients are forcing them into increasingly vulnerable situations.
Decriminalisation would allow them to work safely and be protected by European labour laws. It is also an essential starting point to reducing stigma against sex workers which leads to their being even
more vulnerable to attack.”

Prostitutes need safe areas in which to work, be that safety zones on the streets or brothels where they can work together indoors. “Sex workers are part of the community and should be treated as such, not as a public disorder problem,” Lopes states. “We believe ways can be found to manage street sex work through cooperation with workers so that any inconvenience to the community is minimised. Police forces need to develop strategies to decrease violence in cooperation with workers, groups and unions such as ourselves, and the local community.”

The IUSW supports the English Collective of Prostitutes’ calls for a police amnesty to allow prostitutes to come forward with possible information about the murders without fear of arrest, but urges that this be extended into a new framework through decriminalization whereby sex workers are always free to report concerns to police. Financial support and cooperation is also needed from government and police forces to support sex work projects running Ugly Mug schemes (early warning systems about violent clients for sex workers).

International human rights and workers rights laws, already in place, must be applied to sex workers as much as to other members of society, the IUSW states. The Declaration of the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe, endorsed in the European Parliament in Brussels in October 2005, identifies human and labour rights that sex workers are entitled to under international law. These include: the right to life; the right to liberty and security of person; the right to be protected
against violence, physical injury, threats and intimidation; the right to equal protection of the law; and the right to work, to free choice of employment and just and favourable conditions of work.

The Sex Workers in Europe Manifesto, endorsed at the same time, represents the voices of sex workers from across Europe. It states:
“We condemn the hypocrisy within our societies where our services are used but our activities are criminalised and legislation results in our exploitation and lack of control over our work and lives.” The Manifesto calls for the establishment of designated areas for street prostitution to enable those who work in public places to do so safely.

Lopes comments, “December 17th is the fourth International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers, the marking of which will be particularly poignant in the light of recent events. These murders highlight how urgent the need is to reassess the law and society’s view of sex workers to ensure they enjoy the same rights as the rest
of their communities.”

For further comment please contact:

Rose Conroy, GMB Press & Media for London Region, on , tel. 07974 251823

IUSW President Ana Lopez on , tel. 00351917162817

The Declaration of the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe and Sex Workers
in Europe Manifesto
can be found at

Chinese anger at humiliation of prostitutes

13 12 2006

Det er ikke kun i Danmark at myndighederne laver kampagner mod prostituerede og kunder.
I Kina er politiet gået til yderlighederne forleden med deres razzia mod div karaoke barer, saunaer og frisørsaloner, hvor ca 100 prostituerede og deres kunder blev fanget og tvunget ud i en offentlig ”skamme parade demonstration”.
Politiet gav kvinderne håndhjern på og  gule dragter, brugte mikrofoner og læste de forskellige’s navne op samt hvad de var anklaget i at have begået.  

Den eneste trøst er at kampagnen har givet bagslag og div advokater, akademikere og alle Kina’s Women Federation nu tager kampen op mod politiet som de anklager for at have overtrådt menneskerettighederne.

Læs resten her :
Public Shaming of Prostitutes Misfires in China
BEIJING, Dec. 8 — To local officials combating Shenzhen’s reputation as a den of vice, it seemed like a good idea, the perfect way to dissuade provincial girls from turning to prostitution in the big city and frighten away the men who patronize their brothels. 

Chinese anger at humiliation of prostitutes
A parade of prostitutes by police aimed at naming and shaming sex workers in southern
China has sparked a backlash by an unusual coalition of lawyers, academics and the All-China Women’s Federation.
Although the women tried to cover their faces with surgical masks, it was not enough to hide their identities because police revealed their names, hometowns and dates of birth while publicly sentencing them all to 15 days in prison.,,1965951,00.html 

Backlash over humiliation of prostitutes
Previous attempts to tackle the industry have had mixed results. Three years ago the organisers of an orgy involving more than 200 Japanese sex tourists and local prostitutes were sentenced to life imprisonment. Earlier this year thousands of police were deployed in Shenzhen to quash a protest by more than 3000 prostitutes and karaoke hostesses left without jobs after massage parlours and discos were closed.

Kvindens krop som handelsvare

4 12 2006

Jan Hoby

Diskussionen om prostitution og kriminalisering af kunderne efter en svensk model, kører i højeste gear mange steder i det offentlige rum i Danmark.

Specielt på venstrefløjen med kvindeudvalgene i både SF og enhedslisten føres der en kraftig kampagne for en kriminalisering af kunderne. Men diskussionen om prostitution kan ikke reduceres til ét spørgsmål om “kriminalisering af kunderne“. Jan Hoby vil i denne artikel vil tage fat om et meget komplekst emne som sætter manges følelser i kog.

Prostitution og myterne
Diskussionen og debatten om Prostitution er fyldt med myter, som lægger gift ud for at løse problemerne og angribe årsagerne til prostitution. Mange af myterne udspringer af “social arv“ teorierne som i dag er et vigtigt ideologisk redskab for nyliberalisme! F.eks at prostitution kun forekommer hos incest og voldramte kvinder og mænd! Det er en social deterministisk syn på mennesker og har ikke videnskabelig rygdækning! Børn arver ikke deres forældres problemer. Man kan ikke forud se individers “skæbne“ kun sociale klassers!

Der er også en stærk tendens til at blande æbler og pærer sammen når debatten falder på prostitution! Prostitution er et fælles begreb for at kvindens krop er en vare, men der er langt flere lag i prostitution i forhold til hvilken typer kunder vi snakker om, og hvilken type piger/kvinder vi snakker om! Om snakker vi Industrialiseret lande contra Ulande, om vi snakker prostitution eller trafficking, så er det nødvendigt at nuancere og differere! Desværre lider debatten også under at div. undersøgelser og statistikker bygger på et meget spinkelt empirisk materiale, fordi det er et svært område at lave kvalificeret forskning omkring.

Sex arbejde som rigtigt arbejde
Mange i sexindustrien inkl. prostitueret anerkender at vold, overgreb og udnyttelse er erfaringer som mange deler.
Men de ser ikke sig selv som seksuelt udbyttede ofre! De er sig selv som ARBEJDERE. De sælger deres krop/arbejdskraft; for løn, penge og vare
I dag eksistere der en “Sex som arbejde: Arbejde som sex – diskurs“ som primært er forankret i de engelske talende lande og i Sydeuropa. Diskursen siger at: Sex arbejdere er ikke nødvendigvis ofre. De har rettigheder og legitimitet. Tilhænger af sex-arbejdere diskursen fokuser på og kæmper på udbredelse og indflydelse gennem de nationale parlamenter, EU og for styrket faglig organisering! Fortalerne for Sexarbejder diskursen har et klasseperspektiv som udgangspunkt for deres politiske arbejde og ser deres, kvinders frigørelse fra undertrykkelse og udbytning i forlængelse af arbejderklassens frigørelse!

Organiseret prostitueret i England’s krav:
Sexarbejdere i England har opstillet en lang række krav. Herunder bl.a. Afkriminalisering af alle aspekter af sexarbejde der involverer frivillige voksne, samme faglige rettigheder som alle andre, stop for social stigmatisering, adgang til sundhedsklinikker, juridisk støtte, nul-tolerance overfor alfonser, vold, seksuelle overgreb, børnearbejde, voldtægt, racisme og sexisme og sidst men ikke mindst retten til at sige NEJ.

Socialistiske krav:
– Afkriminalisering af prostitution. Ingen kriminalisering af sexarbejdere eller kunder!
– Forsat ret til at sundheds – og pædagogiske personale kan rekvirer prostitueret til handicappet og gamle mænd/kvinder
– Rettigheder for kvinder, børn og mænd i sex industrien inklusiv: gratis sundhedstjek, uddannelsesprojekter, rådgivning, støtte, uddannelse, boliger, etc
– Adgang til heroin på recept
– Netværk af stofafvænningssteder, som tilvejebringer stoffer efter brugernes behov.
– Krisecenter der tillader alkohol og stofmisbrugerne kvinder og andre uden direkte adgang til offentlige bistand, at søge sikkerhed for vold og udnyttelse.
– “Trafficking-kvinder“ skal have ret til at få asyl og permanent opholdstilladelse i Danmark. Ikke kun de nuværende max. 15.dage.
– Hævelse af de offentlige ydelser til enlige forældre. Højere velfærdsydelser vil kunne få enlige forældre ud af fattigdomsfælden.
– Større politimæssige indsats overfor beskyttelse af kvinder fra vold. Krænkelser af prostitueret skal behandles som en seksuel krænkelse og straffes som sådan.
– En massiv offentlig kampagne der fortæller om seksuel udnyttelse skader kvinder på krop og sjæls. Pornoficeringen af det offentlige rum og markedsgørelse af kvinders krop, – øger efterspørgelsen !
– Massive ressourcer til mennesker udsat for incest og seksuelle krænkelser som børn og unge

Krig & prostitution af kvinder og børn
Over alt i verden historisk og aktuelt er der en klar sammenhæng mellem krig og overgreb på kvinder og børn, hvor der er soldater, er der prostitueret. Det klassiske eksempel er Thailand.
Thailand var før 1960’erne, et landsbrug land med meget lidt prostitution. Men i det 21.århundrer er Thailand blevet et omdrejningspunkt for begrebet “sex turist industrien“ – og udtrykker klart hvad den kapitalistiske globalisering handler om; at gøre alt til en vare! Globaliseringen af kvinder, går gennem kvindens krop, gennem sex.

I 1974, anslog politiet at der var 400,000 prostitueret i Thailand, som serviceret det amerikanske militær. I 1993, anslås der til at være 2 million prostitueret i Thailand. Sex industrien i Thailand er baseret på slaveri, vold, fattigdom og stoffer.
Sex turister i Thailand voldtager voldtaget kvinder og børn og betaler gangster for fornøjelsen. Det samme gør soldater i besatte lande, uanset om de er under FN, NATO eller andre flag!

Sex arbejde & socialisme: Sex arbejde under socialisme
Der findes to retninger i forholdet til sex arbejde og socialisme! Den første siger at der ikke vil være behov for sexarbejde under socialisme. Tingsliggørelsen af seksualiteten og dens materiale basis – klassesamfundet vil ophører med at eksistere.
Den anden retning siger at sex arbejde og sex arbejdere vil forsætte med at eksistere, men i en radikaliseret og forandret kontekst. Stigmatiseringen, undertrykkelsen og udbytningen vil være afskaffet. Sex arbejde vil fungere under relative frie forhold og uproblematisk økonomisk udveksling baseret på fuld seksuel frigørelse, og uddannelsesmæssige og personlige kompetencer. Mange tilhængere af faglig organisering af sex arbejdere og organiseret sex arbejdere tilhører denne socialistiske retning.

Men fælles for begge retninger er at de tager afsæt i en klasseforståelse i diskussionen af prostitution

Ultra-venstresekterisme & feminisme-moralske korstog
I en tid hvor globaliseringen, Imperialismen og nyliberalismen hærger verden, svare SF, Enhedslistens og feministernes fokusering på kriminaliseringen af kunderne/sexarbejde som:“ensbetydende med at arranger møblerne i huset alt imens det brænder“ eller som Naomi Klein udtaler:“fighting their battles over a single, shrinking piece of pie – and consistently failing to ask what was happening to the rest of it.“

Tilhænger af kriminalisering af prostitution har ikke gjort sig tanker om hvilken rolle sexarbejderne har i afskaffelsen af prostitution gennem selvemancipation. For 10.000 kr spørgsmålet er om vi ønsker at bekæmpe markedsgørelse af kvindens krop og prostitutionen, – sammen med eller på vegne af de prostitueret!

Der er brug for i de kommende år at socialister på et klassegrundlag blander sig i den kommende debat om “kriminalisering af prostitutionskunder“ i samfundet og på venstrefløjen. Og først og fremmeste lade de kvinder fra arbejderklassen som er prostitueret selv komme til orde i debatten.

Se mere på

– 3-4000 kvinder arbejde som prostitueret i DK + en række udenlandske kvinder (traffiking)

– Prostitueret i Danmark kalder sig selv for: Gudinder!

– Sex arbejdere i DK er ikke en homogen gruppe:

– Massageklinker, escortbureauer

– Uafhængige prostitueret (gadeprostitueret, selvstændige prostitueret.)

– Erotiske dansere (strippere, nøgne, lap dansers)

– Sex chatline arbejdere (telefon og video)

– Udenlandske Fakta & undersøgelser:

– Frem til 1991 kunne prostitueret ikke voldtages i Sydcalifornien. Hun var mindre end et menneske. Der kun kunne bruges til sex – med og mod sin vilje!

– 80% af prostitueret i USA har været udsat for voldtægt.

– Gennemsnitsalderen for kvinder der starter som prostitueret er 13-14 år.

– Incestofre udgør mellem 65 og 90% blandt prostitueret (statiske overhyppighed)

– Ældre kvinder som bliver prostitueret er primært ufaglærte og flygter fra voldelige ægtefæller/x-kærester. Økonomiske årsager for deres valg!

– Prostitueret er den mest voldtaget gruppe af kvinder.


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