Sex Worker Rights Day March


Sex workers in Seattle are speaking up for their right to work, to advocate for themselves, and to exist.


This march will start in Occidental Square, and will visit the Court House, City Hall, and Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. At each stop, members of SWOP-Seattle will highlight ways in which the political climate towards prostitution in Seattle is damaging to sex workers, and what needs to change.


1:00 Gathering at Occidental Square
1:15 Begin March
1:30 Address at King County Superior Court to address TRB website hearings happening at that very moment, and to deliver a petition to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
2:00 Address at Seattle City Hall to City Council Members, to invite them to engage with the sex worker community, and to ask them to repeal the change of law from “patronizing a prostitute” to “sexual exploittaion”.
2:30 Westlake Center gathering and mailing of letters to WA policymakers.

AT THE END: All sex workers involved in the photoshoot will get in cabs and go to the studio. For details and more info, contact Savannah at 

Issues we will address:

– The problematic and continuous conflation of trafficking and sex work by Seattle Prosecuting Attorney’s office, and related prohibition-style “End Demand” tactics.

– Seattle City Councils’ decision to reclassify “patronizing a prostitute” to “sexual exploitation”. 
– Disproportionate amount of charges brought against Korean women in recent TRB adult website shutdown, and lack of any evidence of trafficking despite vehement insistence of it’s existance by law enforcement.
– Inability and refusal of WA policymakers to reach out or value input from the sex work community on initiatives that directly affect sex worker safety and welfare. 

This public demonstration is being held in honor of Sex Worker Rights Day, which began in 2001, when over 25,000 sex workers gathered in India for a festival despite efforts from prohibitionist groups who tried to prevent it taking place by pressuring the government to revoke their permit. The sex worker rights movement is global, and will be honored in Seattle alongside other national happenings.

Sex worker protest in Maharashtra, India

Sex worker protest in Maharashtra, India


International Sex Worker Rights Day

This day began when over 25,000 sex workers gathered in India for a festival organized by a Calcutta-based group called Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (Unstoppable Women’s Synthesis Committee) despite protests pressuring the government to revoke the permit for the parade in 2001. SWOP-Seattle is recognizing this day by gathering and sharing some of our favorite articles, videos, and performances from the sex worker community.

Please explore and share these links with your peers, or better yet,
someone outside of the sex worker rights movement. Tweet it, blog it, Facebook it, email it to a friend…there’s a bounty of amazing material showcasing sex worker voices, so let’s share it!

2010 SWR Day March in Calcutta,

“Sex worker rights are human rights, and there can never be too many voices speaking up for them, nor too many occasions on which to speak.” — Maggie McNeill



International Sex Worker Rights Day
by Maggie McNeill
This excellent blog post explains what Sex Worker Rights Day is, why it’s important, and we can speak up about our experiences and inspire others to do the same.

Some Comments About Trafficking, and Links for Education
by Mistress Matisse
An overview of the anti-sex trafficking hysteria and how it impacts consenting sex workers, plus a slew of informative links to related articles.

The War on Sex Workers
by Melissa Gira Grant
A detailed article explaining how conservative feminism and anti-prostitution laws make sex workers more vulnerable to systemic and direct violence.

2013: The Best in Sex Work Writing
Compiled by Melissa Gira Grant
A long and comprehensive list of sex worker literature published in 2013, organized by topic and reflective of voices from around the globe. If you weren’t already informed, this list will certainly get you up to date.

Why the Women’s Rights Movement Must Listen to Sex Workers
by Chi Mgbako
An explanation of how sex workers around the world are rejecting the assumption that they are all victims.


Sex Workers Demand an End to “End Demand” – Episode 34
by The Whorecast with Siouxsie Q
Get your trench-coat and notepad ready, because Siouxsie Q, was spotted last week in front of the San Francisco Public Library…during an abolitionist Anti-Trafficking conference! WhoreCast takes you inside the breaking news of the Sex Worker Rights movement in San Francisco.


Sex Worker Rights Day Video Playlist
Compiled by SWOP Michigan
A series of 8 selected videos showcasing different angles and opinions form various aspects of the sex industry. These selections are compiled by members of the Sex Worker Outreach Project in Michigan.

Last Rescue in Siam
A hilarious black and white movie inspired by the tradition of the old silent movies, which makes a farce of the very serious issue of “rescue” efforts in Thailand.

I Want You – Vote Yes on Prop K
by Sadie Lune
Sadie Lune presents this first person performance piece “I WANT YOU,” which won 1st Place at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on September 11, 2008.

A Rights-Based Perspective on Improving the Lives of People in the Sex Industry 
by Audacia Ray
A video keynote speech Audacia Ray produced to be shown at the LOVER magazine conversation on sex work in Utrecht, Holland on June 23, 2010

Sex Worker Rights Music Video
by Scarlot Harlot & Courtney Trouble
The San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival premieres this sex worker anthem, Courtney Trouble’s “The Burnout”.

by Lusty Day, Beef Jerky, & KK via Scarlet Alliance
EVERY HO I KNOW SAYS SO is a response to the total lack of accessible online resources for people looking for advice on how to be a good date or lover or partner to a sex worker.


"I Want You - Vote No on Prop K" by Sadie Lune

“I Want You – Vote No on Prop K” by Sadie Lune