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Attack on Sex Workers

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

California’s Attack on Sex Workers

Attack on Sex WorkersHere’s the news about California’s attack on sex workers.

Do you think that California is such a liberal state?

California is about ready to pass a bill called SB 1204 that changes the definition of pandering.

They will make it a felony to provide ANY help or outreach to sex workers, escorts, etc.

Appalling and Disgusting

What Services this will Affect

This means that EVEN distributing condoms to street-based sex workers is considered pandering.

This is clearly an ATTACK on sex workers like never seen before.

What about the “know your rights” pamphlets that are often handed out to sex workers? ALSO considered a felony.

Any kind of mentoring or anything that will help sex workers so they have an easier life will NOW be considered a felony.

Why Sex Workers Are Attacked

Anyone in the escort industry and sex workers on the street KNOW that the corrupt government wants sex workers dead, in jail or exploited. They have been attacking sex workers for hundreds of years while other first world countries don’t do this.

This bill will set back what LITTLE help sex workers get from others and is CLEARLY an attack on sex workers and the people who help them.

What This Does to Sex Workers

Letting this bill move forward could mean life and death for sex workers who are REAL HUMAN BEINGS and have the right to work as sex workers because it’s THEIR body and THEY own it, the government does NOT!

Once again the corrupt dysfunctional government of the United States of America is vilifying sex workers instead of spending their money and energy going after rapists, murderers, scammers like bankers, wall street guys, and people who abuse others.

This attack on sex workers makes them feel hopeless. Makes them feel like this is a dark time, NOT because of what their job is, but because of how they are singled out when there are so many other professions that use and abuse people.

Your Voice Matters

If you care about the right to OWN your own body and make decisions in your own life without the interference of your corrupt government, please call Nancy Skinner (chair of the California state committee) to let her know you oppose bill SB 1204.

If you care about escorts, sex workers, poverty, feminism, and sexual freedom PLEASE CALL Nancy Skinner and make your outrage known. Even if you have to block your number, please help and pass this along. Even if people don’t work in the adult industry, most people don’t believe sex workers and escorts should be attacked like this.

This needs to be done by April 10, 2018 which is Tuesday of next week.

Nancy Skinner (chair of the California state committee
(510) 286-1333 (local office)
(916) 651-4009

Thank you

Sex Workers Sue California

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Sex workers are suing California in an effort to legalize their profession. Although it’s reputedly the world’s oldest profession, sex work is still widely considered illegal in America — a state of affairs which the Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project (ESPLER) is trying to change.

ESPLER is hoping to realize these changes through a lawsuit filed on March 4, 2015 in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The suit, which claims that California’s 1961 prostitution laws violate key aspects of the constitution, names as defendants California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris and four district attorneys, including those in San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, and Sonoma counties.

The basic idea of the sex worker lawsuit is that the current prostitution laws abridge some constitutionally protected freedoms. Specifically, current California laws could limit conversation about paid, consensual sex exchanges — and such limitations would stand in violation of the First Amendment’s protection of free speech.

Furthermore, the sex worker lawsuit contends that the current sex laws violate the fundamental right to engage in consensual sexual activity, that they prevent adults from choosing how they want to earn a living and who they want to enter into a contractual relationship with, and that they limit who individuals can meet with privately. Collectively, these points could violate the constitutionally protected right of free association, which is also guaranteed in the First Amendment.

The suit also claims that sex workers’ Fourteenth Amendment right of equal protection is being violated by laws that have negative health and legal implications. Currently, California can use condoms as evidence of illicit activity, a practice which discourages safe sex.

ESPLER has said that the 1961 anti-prostitution law was put in place only for moral reasons, but that there is no legitimate or constitutional reason for continuing to let these laws stand.

Summing up the suit’s concerns, ESPLER President Maxine Doogan, a long-time sex worker, told CBS San Francisco, “We want the court to recognize our right to free speech. We want the court to recognize our right to equal protection under the law.”

In a press release, Doogan described the legalization of sex work as the next logical step in civil rights legislation as it relates to sex: “Just as the Lawrence v. Texas decision made same-sex sexual activity legal, and the Loving v. Virginia decision struck down laws prohibiting interracial marriage, this complaint seeks to remove the government from restricting basic fundamental and widely recognized civil and human rights.”

Citing other court cases, ESPLER attorney D. Gill Sperlein said, “The State can no longer simply say that morality is a sufficient reason for regulating private sexual relationships even when it involves the exchange of money. Social science clearly demonstrates that the criminalization of prostitution puts sex workers at risk of abuse because it discourages them from reaching out to law enforcement.”

Instead of asking for any monetary relief or compensation, the lawsuit asks the court to declare Section 647(b) of the California Penal Code — the 1961 prostitution law — unconstitutional.

The named defendants have not yet issued a public response to the suit.

Canadian Supreme Court Strikes Down Prostitution Laws

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Legalizing-Prostitution-Laws-in-CanadaCanadian sex workers have cause to celebrate – on December 20, 2013, the Canadian Supreme Court struck down prostitution laws. Sex workers in Canada could already enjoy the fact that their chosen profession wasn’t technically illegal, but unfortunately a number of prostitution-related laws made it essentially impossible to practice – or at least impossible to practice safely.

Specifically, when the Canadian Supreme Court struck down prostitution laws, it was three particular prostitution-related laws that the case targeted.

  • Firstly, brothels were illegal, which drove sex workers out on the streets or forced them to bring would-be clients into their homes without the benefit of a brothel full of back-up.
  • Secondly, it was illegal to live on the “avails” of prostitution. In other words, nobody else could earn any money other than the sex worker herself – and so bodyguards and drivers became just as illegal as exploitative pimps.
  • Thirdly, it was illegal to communicate about selling sex in public, which essentially made prostitution illegal.

The case was brought by sex worker Amy Lebovitch, former dominatrix Terri-Jean Bedford, and retired sex worker Valerie Scott. The last time the Supreme Court heard a case about the constitutionality of these sex work laws was over 20 years ago, but as Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada and many in the media pointed out, much has changed since then.

One of the major changes that McLachlin and others are referring to is the serial killer Robert Pickton. Between 1983 and 2002, British Columbian pig farmer Robert Pickton killed somewhere between 6 and 49 women, most of whom were sex workers. Although he was only convicted of six murder charges, another 20 murder charges were stayed in 2010 after he’d already been given the longest sentence Canadian courts can give – 25 to life. However, the possible body count is as high as 49 because that was the total he confessed to killing when talking to an undercover detective posing as his cellmate. The Pickton case highlighted the needed to improve safety for sex workers by changing these three specific laws because at the height of the Pickton murders, one brothel that had served as a safehouse was closed down due to legal problems.

When the Canadian Supreme Court struck down prostitution laws, the trio of sex workers who brought the case to the Supreme Court celebrated with whoops and cheers. The plaintiffs’ lawyer, Katrina Pacey, referred to the decision as “an unbelievably important day for the sex workers but also for human rights.” In a similarly celebratory vein, Vancouver sex worker advocate Lorna Bird said, “All my sisters out there are now going to be safe.”

Unfortunately, sex workers in Canada may or may not be safe in the long-term. The Supreme Court’s decision actually gives Parliament a one-year period to craft other laws to replace them. Potentially the other laws could be stricter than the ones the court just struck down. On the other hand though, if Parliament doesn’t redraft the law during the coming year, then brothels, profiting off the avails of sex work, and communicating in public about exchanging sex for money will all be completely legal. In the meantime, some municipalities will be continuing to prosecute prostitution-related offenses, but many won’t.

Here’s to hoping they won’t!

Suzy Favor Hamilton worked as an escort

Monday, December 24th, 2012

So we all found out the other day that
Suzy Favor Hamilton worked as an escort

Suzy Favor Hamilton working as an escort

Before I give you the full article on Suzy Favor Hamilton working as an escort, I want to state my piece…

I don’t know Suzy, so I can’t say for certain what is in her mind, but she probably had state she was emotionally unstable in order to get the press & family off her back.

It disgusts me how judgmental society is just because this was the career path she chose. What lengths people have to go through to lie in order to hide the fact that they find NOTHING wrong with working as an escort.

There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with Suzy Hamilton having worked as an escort. Being in the Olympics doesn’t preclude you from living life. Suzy is a human being just like all of us, & if she chose to become an escort, this is HER business.

The biggest mistake Suzy Favor Hamilton made before starting her escorting career, was NOT educating herself & I blogged about that here.

You can NOT just jump into escorting without learning the ins & outs of the escort industry. Doing so may cause you emotional damage like we can see here.

My heart goes out to Suzy for what she has to go through because someone disclosed her identity. If she ever wants to talk, I’m here for her.

Now here is the story the public is reading

 

Michelle

Spanish Escorts take a Stand

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Nothing impresses me more than when someone in the escort industry takes a stand against close minded judgmental or mean spirited people. When an escort isn’t afraid of her profession, I applaud her. When I see several escorts all doing the same thing, I grin from ear to ear.

I know it’s hard if you are in the US, but we should all aspire to behave like these escorts in this article below. We MUST take a stand against oppressors & small minded people & there are many.

Spanish Escorts taking a stand against bankers

Banking services withdrawn: Madrid escorts declare sex war

Madrid’s high-class escorts have found a way to regulate the Spanish banking sector. The ladies want to have their say in the economy by withholding sexual pleasures from bank employees.

The largest trade association for luxury escorts in the Spanish capital has gone on a general and indefinite strike on sexual services for bankers until they go back to providing credits to Spanish families, small- and medium-size enterprises and companies.

It all started with one of the ladies who forced one of her clients to grant a line credit and a loan simply by halting her sexual services until he “fulfills his responsibility to society.”

The trade association’s spokeswoman praised their success by stressing the government and the Bank of Spain have previously failed to adjust the credit flow.

“We are the only ones with a real ability to pressure the sector,” she stated. “We have been on strike for three days now and we don’t think they can withstand much more.”

She has revealed that bankers have made some pitiful attempts to use their services by pretending to be engineers or architects.

“But they don’t fool anyone since it has been many years since these professionals could afford rates that start from 300 euro an hour,” she continued.

The bankers reportedly became so desperate that they even decided to call in the government for mediation.

The Mexican website SDPnoticias.com, which initially published the story, cites the Minister of Economy and Competitiveness as admitting that the lack of legislation regulating the escort sector makes it very difficult for the government to intercede in the conflict.

“In fact, there has not even been a formal communication of the strike — the escorts are making use of their right of admission or denying entry to…well, you know. So no one can negotiate,” he was quoted as saying.

http://rt.com/news/spain-banks-escorts-sex-198/

There is way more to being an escort than providing sex

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Although I already knew this & have been preaching this for several years, I’m very happy they did a study on it.

While some men are ONLY looking for sex from escorts, the good ones go with their emotions.

This can be somewhat complicated for an escort which is why you need to learn how to handle clients when they get too emotional.

Overall this is positive news for our escort industry.

the girlfriend experience with an escortTurns out, men who pay prostitutes for sex also want to cuddle, according to a new study that found regular “johns” often develop feelings of romance and love toward their paid sex providers.

Encounters between prostitutes and clients have come to resemble quasi-dating relationships, American researchers Christine Milrod and Ronald Weitzer say, who analyzed 2,442 postings on a website where more than a million registered members read and post reviews of sex workers.

They found approximately a third of them contained “discussions of emotional intimacy” between prostitutes and clients, many of whom expressed a desire for an emotional connection beyond the sex.

There’s even a name for it: The girlfriend experience (GFE). The connection is genuine but limited by time constraints and the small matter of the exchange of money for service.

“Sex remains part of the service, but it is coupled with mutual sharing, support and companionship,” the authors said.

For clients looking for the GFE, “cuddling, kissing and being emotionally cared for is often desired,” the study found. “The men also pride themselves on their ability to provide pleasure to the sex worker.”

A small number of men fall in love with their sex provider and come to believe she reciprocates their feelings. Some even hope to expand the relationship to marriage.

The study was published in a recent edition of the research journal Men and Masculinities.

http://lifewise.canoe.ca/SexRomance/2012/08/08/20081156.html

Discrimination against a prostitute or escort in Australia

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

I for one applaud the escort for sticking up for herself & the judge who is CLEARLY smart enough to see discrimination for what it is.

Who cares about the politics, this is about being NON judgmental & enlightened. Kudos Australia.

CANBERRA, Australia — Prostitutes have the right to work from motel rooms in an Australian state, a court said after finding the owner’s refusal to rent to a sex worker was discriminatory.

The ruling in the northeastern state of Queensland has stunned hotel and motel owners, who thought they had a right to decide what sort of businesses were operating from their premises.

The prostitute, identified as G.K., had taken her discrimination case against the Drovers Rest Motel in the coal mining town of Moranbah to the Queensland state Civil and Administrative Tribunal after management refused to rent her a room.

The 3 1/2-star motel’s lawyer, David Edwards, said Wednesday that the court notified him this week that it had upheld the prostitute’s claim of discrimination. Edwards confirmed she is seeking damages, which The Australian newspaper reported to be 30,000 Australian dollars ($32,000).

The tribunal’s reasons for its decision have not yet been made public. But prostitution is legal in Queensland, and discrimination based on lawful sexual activity is outlawed.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/australian-court-rules-motel-owner-cant-ban-prostitute-from-taking-clients-to-her-room/2012/08/08/04b0a7c2-e112-11e1-8d48-2b1243f34c85_print.html

Games not the same for London prostitutes

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

While prostitutes seemed to make tons of money during the Olympics back in the days of 336 B.C., today’s Olympics seems to always be a much bigger issue, as the country usually tries to flex its muscles trying to crack down on brothels, escort services & independent escorts.

That & the attendants to the Olympic Games seem to be playing games of another kind.

 

Games not the same for London prostitutes

London Free Press

““During the Olympics,” notes one of those sites: “We understand that it is very important to offer an escort service that is very … discreet.” Calls to several of the services drew a very discreet response. They all hung up. Georgina Perry, who works …”
http://www.lfpress.com/sports/london2012/2012/08/07/20077401.html

 

It’s still very hard for me to understand this immature game playing mentality society has when it comes to the escort industry.

 

Michelle

Strippers bounced at border

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Be careful when you are coming going in to work in Canada as an escort…

Ottawa has slammed the door shut on all foreign sex trade workers seeking work in Canada.

Border services officers have been told to stop processing work permits as of July 14 in which women are destined for employers where “there are reasonable grounds to suspect a risk of sexual exploitation.”

“Strip clubs, escort services and massage parlours are considered business sectors where there are reasonable ground to suspect a risk of sexual exploitation,” according to a confidential July 13 bulletin from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that was obtained by the Toronto Sun.

The “ministerial instructions” tells hundreds of airport and land border officers that Human Resources and Skills Development Canada are instructed to issue negative Labour Market Opinions to applications received from “sex trade-related businesses.”

It said officials of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada are also instructed not to process sex-trade related applications.

The memo said border officers cannot collect fees for applications and the rules apply to all foreign workers from cooks to supervisors who are working in a “sex-related business.”

Officers are being warned that women bound for the sex trade may try to slip in as visitors.

They “should be examined for possible misrepresentation,” the officers were alerted.

The memo said workers coming here to toil in trades that are regulated or certified by provincial bodies can obtain a visa, and those include workers of massage therapy clinics.

And, starting July 28 some open work permits will be stamped with the condition: “Not valid for employment in businesses related to the sex trade, such as strip clubs, massage parlours and escort services.”

“The condition informs the holder that employment in this sector is not permissible,” the bulletin states, adding that employers can be held responsible for hiring someone who is not allowed to work in the sex trade.

Tim Lambrinos, of the Adult Entertainment Association of Canada, said the ban on foreign dancers is being challenged in court.

“Many of the dancers say they are not at risk in Canada,” Lambrinos said. “This law is very unfair against them and us.”

Toronto strip club owners said the ban will create a shortage of dancers in this city.

The controversial stripper visa dates back to 1998 and allowed hundreds of foreign dancers into the country each year. There were 660 dancers admitted in its heyday in 2001. Most were from Eastern Europe. All they had to do was provide a Canadian job offer from a strip club and prove they were qualified to dance.

Only about 100 of these visas have been renewed each year since 2006.

Support for the program plummeted ever since former Liberal immigration minister Judy Sgro resigned in 2000 after facing accusations that she fast-tracked a stripper who worked on her election campaign. It turned out the dancer was issued a special residency permit in a scandal called “Strippergate.”

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/07/21/strippers-bounced-at-border

News Brief For Escort Agencies and Independents in Canada

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Progressive Escort Industry News Concerning the Laws for Advertising and Business Operations

While we don’t consider escorts to be sex workers or prostitutes and we feel there is a clear distinction between the two professions, we acknowledge that escorts almost always have to be open minded because men are seeking full companionship. Like in most intimate relationships, there is usually an element of intimacy.

For this reason, the overturning of the laws associated with prostitution (not prostitution itself since prostitution was never illegal in Canada) is crucial to the advancement of the escort industry.

We would have preferred that the plaintiffs be escorts instead of sex workers aka prostitutes, but since that is not the situation, we can only deal with what we have.

For this reason, we encourage all people who are in favour of the escort industry (escorts, escort agency owners, clients of escorts, friends and family of people who work in the escort industry, or just supporters in general) to sign our petitions while this topic is HOT!

The laws on the books now (mostly written in the 1960s, some much earlier)

Canadian law presents a paradox when it comes to prostitution.  While the act of prostitution itself is not illegal in Canada, the law severely restricts the manner in which prostitution may be practiced.  The laws were originally intended to reduce the blight (negative impact on neighborhoods) caused by street prostitution and to protect women from the violence and control of pimps. Unfortunately they have had the unfortunate effect of rendering any organized escort service illegal regardless of the improvements they provide both in the areas of safety and normal business operations.  In fact, government leaders have expressed no need to criminalize prostitution, since in virtually every case one or all of the following parties (the escort service owner, the escort herself, or the customer who hires her) has violated the law in some way when any act of prostitution occurs.

The primary laws that affect the business operations of escort services and independent escorts are the following:

  • Communicating for the purpose of prostitution

    This law is intended to curb street prostitution and customers propositioning women on the street which prevents any kind of solicitation in a public place.

    Courts have interpreted the “public place” requirement to mean any offers or soliciting that takes place on the street, in a public establishment such as a casino or hotel bar, or anywhere that involves one party in a vehicle while the other party is outside.

    Places and means of communication that have been held acceptable (not) “public” for purposes of this law are:  Hotel rooms, private homes, when both parties are within the same vehicle, direct telephone, text or e-mail communication, and any location where both parties would otherwise have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

    “Communicating” generally does not include print or internet advertising, but is acceptable if done by the prostitute, not third parties such as escort agencies or others operating on her behalf.  Most law enforcement agencies in Canada believe that except in areas where escort agencies are allowed and regulated (generally in BC), virtually any advertisement by an escort service violates this law.

  • Keeping or being within a “Bawdy House

    Again, intending to curb neighborhood blight and concentrations of prostitutes –  the laws prohibit most forms of incall prostitution, whether involving the woman’s home or regular use of some other premises such as a particular hotel.

    Hotel operators or landlords with knowledge of prostitution activities taking place on their premises may be prosecuted, as well as others “found within” such premises who have knowledge of what is happening there.  Examples would include domestic partners and roommates.

  • Living off the profits (avails) of prostitution

    This law essentially makes it a crime for anyone other than the prostitute themselves to profit from the act.  Designed to protect women from street pimps, the law operationally makes the business of running an escort agency illegal since generally speaking, escort agencies share the fees paid by agency customers along with the escort and others.  If the escort agency owners know (or reasonably should know) that acts of prostitution are occurring, then receiving money is considered living off the avails of prostitution.

    This applies whether the money comes directly from the escort agency’s customers, or from the escort herself with the escort agency retaining some portion of the proceeds.

    As the law stood, it does not matter if the money being split with the escort service owner’s is to cover operating costs, driver’s fees, advertising, etc. Bottom line, any escort service owner or any non-escort support staff who receives earnings from acts of others’ prostitution falls under this law.

These laws combine to severely restrict the ability of escort agencies to advertise their services and create a difficult scenario where an escort service must adopt a business image similar to their counterparts in the United States.  In the US escort services can only operate by clearly advertising that the transaction is not for sex at all, but only for the time and companionship of the escort.

Escort agency owners must disclaim any knowledge of what happens between the escorts and the customers therefore potentially increasing the risk of harm to everyone involved (the escort, the escort agency owner and support staff).

Most escort services contractually prohibit their escorts from engaging in sex acts with customers for money and this denial increases the following:

  • the likelihood of disease
  • society feels it has carte blanche to make fun of, judge and degrade anyone involved in the escort industry
  • deep emotional scarring on the psyche of the escort – the denial of the reality of the escort industry convinces escorts and those around them that they are doing something morally and criminally wrong. This extreme stress leads to drug and alcohol abuse and most everyone hiding from society and living in fear. Stress and fear is no humane way to live life.
  • welcomes and encourages criminals into the escort industry and
  • potential physical harm to both the escort or the client (although it’s on the very low end of the scale, escorts who are raped or physically abused by clients or their buddies don’t often go to the police. Instead of being forced into only providing outcalls where the premise is unknown to the escort, if escorts and escort agency owners were free to provide incalls, there would be less potential harm to the escort.)
  • armed robbery of either the escort’s money or the escort agency’s money
  • extorting (blackmailing) money from either the escort or the escort agency owner (examples of who extorters is the mafia, biker gangs, dirty cops, etc.)
  • some customers think they can abuse escorts physically, sexually and emotionally because the escort industry is closeted and cloaked in shame. Studies have never been done to determine how many escorts are raped or gang raped because people think “they have it coming”

In order to comply with the law, escort agencies in Canada seeking to advertise whether over the internet or in print media, will need to take a purely “money for time and companionship” stance in their communications.  Independent escorts are generally not held to these standards.  In Canada there are ample examples of individual escorts advertising in print media and on the internet stating specific acts and prices.  In Canada, almost everything that involves third parties then becomes a crime.

The Great News Regarding Changing the Prostitution Laws

On September 30, 2010, Judge Susan Himel of the Ontario Superior Court, the highest Court in Ontario, ruled in a case involving three current or former sex workers who self-identify primarily as street prostitutes.

The judge stated that the three criminal laws outlined above violate the Canadian Constitution in various respects.  Essentially the Court’s findings determined that these laws impaired the ability of women to safely practice prostitution (a legal occupation in Canada) and operate as legitimate businesses.

How this helps the escort industry:

  • if it is no longer illegal for a third party to accept proceeds from an act of prostitution, escort services will be able to operate openly and without the legal fiction they now require.
  • Advertising will become much less of a gray area, and women who choose to associate with escort agencies will be on a level playing field with independents.

What has taken place since the laws were overturned

The Justice Minister has appealed this decision on behalf of the Federal government.  As a result, implementation of this decision has been stayed until February 12, 2011. This has been conditional based on the parties agreeing to an expedited appeals process that would permit the appeal to be heard and decided by that date.  In the event the appeal is not over by that date, it is anticipated that the mandated changes will go into effect, though another decision by the courts could still reverse even that result so we end up back right where we started from.

At about the same time, the highest Court in British Columbia agreed to change course and permit an advocacy group for sex workers to intervene in a similar case that has been pending there since 2008.  Although some cities within that province have licensing and regulatory schemes in place that permit escort agencies to operate and advertise openly notwithstanding the Federal laws described above, there has been a push by sex workers and advocacy groups in the province of British Columbia to have those laws reversed with the effect being that all escort agencies and escorts can operate in an open free society.

Escort agencies as well as independent escorts are well advised to keep in touch with The Escort Law Review as we come across developments in these cases.

While the affirming (or upholding) of the Ontario decision will only affect that Province initially, because the Canadian Supreme Court (the federal governing body) is now involved in the case, a positive ruling by them could well have national effect.

Once again here are our petitions:

Canada
US – Escort Services
US – Independent Escorts