Week 6 and 7 Blog Post

The sex workers’ rights movement started worldwide in the 1970’s by sex workers. Sex workers come from a variety of backgrounds, but most sex workers are from racial, sexual, or gender minorities and come from a poor economic background. The common goals are decriminalizing sex work and increasing benefits and safety of sex workers. Techniques are public protests, lobbying, and spreading general awareness of abuse of sex workers, while also arguing that there is nothing morally or economically wrong with sex work. This movement has led to legalized prostitution in Colorado, and major corporations such as Buzzfeed producing videos that promote acceptance of sex work and decriminalization. In the United States, COYOTE is the main sex workers rights organization. This organization spreads awareness of sex work and provides counseling for sex workers, as well as having members testifying as experts in court and aid in helping prostitutes leave sex work.

I do not believe this movement would have made any progress if it had started out violent, because sex workers are minorities, and when minorities attempt to make violent protests they are stamped as radicals and jailed. There have been cases of sex workers killing their customer out of self-defense, or sex workers being murdered by their customer, and typically in both situations the sex worker is portrayed as the villain and there is no justice for them. In fact, the World Health Organization has addressed violence in the world against sex workers. This movement is still not over, but in the future, I can see more sex workers being abused if the movement turns violent. I do not believe violence against violence is the best solution with regards to the sex workers’ rights movement. Colorado already has legalized prostitution, and after seeing the economic gain, it is reasonable to believe that other states in the future will follow suit.

Addressing Violence Against Sex Workers. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.who.int/hiv/pub/sti/sex_worker_implementation/swit_chpt2.pdf

B. (2016). I’m A Sex Worker, But I’m Not… Retrieved August 13, 2016, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hTVKhwNLos

B. (2016). Questions You Have For Sex Workers. Retrieved August 13, 2016, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2mnyro54xo

COYOTE v. ROBERTS. (1980, December 17). Retrieved August 13, 2016, from http://www.leagle.com/decision/19801844502FSupp1342_11627/COYOTE v. ROBERTS

What is COYOTE? WHO WE ARE WHAT DO WE WANT? WHO GETS ARRESTED? Problems and Solutions. (n.d.). Retrieved August 13, 2016, from http://www.coyotela.org/what_is.html

One thought on “Week 6 and 7 Blog Post

  1. The social group of sex workers is definitely more of a controversial one. I agree that this movement wouldn’t have gotten very far if they had tried a violent approach to create social change. I believe that violence is never the answer for anything, however, and most people would agree that it definitely wouldn’t have helped any in this situation. I’ve seen other social movements utilize similar tactics of non-violence such as sit-ins and lobbying. Lobbying is one of the bigger ways to support change that doesn’t involve violence; however, we see that only people with money and resources can really afford lobbyists. The more popular and controversial social movements are typically the ones receiving lobbyists with big money. I’m surprised that people in this social group that come from poorer economic backgrounds had the means of obtaining access to lobbyists, but I’m glad they did because it seemed to work out in their favor.

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