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Support Speak Up! and (Safer) Sex Worker Visibility

January 31st, 2011 at 9:26 am

If you’ve read Waking Vixen or interacted with my other work for any amount of time, you know that I focus a lot of my energies on creating space for sex workers to use their voices, and trying to support sex workers to do this in a way that best suits their circumstances and goals, […]

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2010: NBC Coverage and My Speech

December 17th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Below is my speech for the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers event in New York. The night had an amazing turn out, site and NBC followed up on a story they did on Thursday (which features me as a former prostitute talking about violence) about the discovery of bodies in Long Island […]

December 17: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

December 1st, 2010 at 1:22 am

Join us in NYC for a vigil and community speak out When: Friday, December 17, 2010 at 7:30PM – 9:30PM Where: Metropolitan Community Church of New York, Sanctuary (2nd floor), 446 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018 btw 9th & 10th Aves. < > Who: Current & former sex workers, our allies, friends, […]

Indian Sex Workers Fight Back Against Misrepresentation

October 4th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Last week, VBS TV (the video arm of Vice Magazine) debuted a 30 minute documentary called “Prostitutes of God”, which features some of the members of VAMP, a group that is part of the organization SANGRAM (I visited them last fall on my trip tot India). The representation of the women and their lives in […]

Public Bodies: Fox News, Sex Worker/Teachers, and Privilege

September 29th, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Tonight, I did a segment on Fox 5 News New York, with host Ernie Anastos and guests Councilman Fernando Cabrera and attorney Arthur Aidala, to talk about Melissa Petro, an elementary school art and writing teacher in the Bronx who was outed this week as having a past as a stripper and a prostitute. Melissa […]

Band Aids, Saving Face, and Endangering Sex Workers: The Craigslist Saga

September 14th, 2010 at 12:37 am

Craigslist’s self-censorship of its adult services ads will do nothing to end sex trafficking, mind side effects though it might make it a little more challenging to post adult ads on the site. As a former Craigslist sex worker myself, hospital I know that not all commercial sex interactions are sex slavery. In fact, many […]

Nothing About Us Without Us: The Shared Goals of the Harm Reduction and Sex Worker Rights Movements

August 2nd, 2010 at 9:56 am

The above video and supplementary documents are designed to spark discussion and create inspiration for looking at the ways that peer-led groups providing support and services to sex workers in their communities can collaborate with harm reduction agencies. The materials were developed by a group of sex workers and allies during the Speak Up! media […]

Denial of Service: Sex Workers Confront Dr. Eric Goosby and Protest the Anti-Prostitution Pledge

July 21st, 2010 at 12:51 am

Over the last few months, I’ve been consulting on communications for the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP). Mostly, my team and I have been working on internal communications and strategies for the organization, but since this week is the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, we’ve been working to get NSWP’s messages out to […]

World Cup Fever: Has it Really Led to an Increase in Trafficking?

July 1st, 2010 at 11:00 am

This post original appeared on the International Women’s Health Coalition blog, Akimbo. World Cup mania has struck worldwide, and along with the stories about team victories and groups of fans gathering cheer on their home teams, are stories about the economic effect the World Cup has on South Africa. Countries host sporting events on the […]

Audacia Ray’s Video Keynote: A Rights-Based Perspective on Improving the Lives of People in the Sex Industry

June 23rd, 2010 at 6:46 am

This is a video keynote speech I produced to be shown at the LOVER magazine conversation on sex work in Utrecht, Holland on June 23, 2010. Though the bulk of the conversation at the event is about local prostitution law, I was asked to provide a rights-based perspective to get the conversation started. Thanks to […]