“New York’s Sex Workers Rally to Take Back International Whores Day: ‘Let Us Survive’”

The whorestory of the day traces back to 1975, when a group of over 100 sex workers occupied a church in Lyon, France for eight days. Their protests against police brutality and harassment, and demands for an end to the humiliation and violence, still resonate with a criminalized and marginalized population. Red Schulte, an organizer with Support Ho(s)e and Survivors against SESTA, sees the 1975 church occupation as the “perfect analogy” for a moment when sex workers are organizing and fighting back in unprecedented numbers, telling the Daily Beast, “We’re experiencing a new wave of criminalization, a new wave of state violence.”

June 5, 2018 / by Amy Zimmerman

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