delve a little deeper....
Those of you who follow 'the industry' will be fully aware of the recent murders of two sex workers and several blogs have already talked about them so I am not going to regurgitate their words when so much has been beautifully written already.
What I wanted to to do was highlight these terrible events and promote the demonstration happening on Friday to those of you who follow this blog and may not have read about the deaths of Dora in Turkey and Jasmine in Sweden.
Please do take time to read the following links:
From Tits and Sass by Caty Simon
Sometimes it's just a cigar blog Justice for Jasmine by Jemima. Do read the comments made by Jasmine's mother
It's time for ACTION by Laura Lee
From The International Commitee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe by Luca Stevenson
and the press release from the ICRSE
Following the murders of Dora Özer and Petite Jasmine on the 9th and 11 of July 2013, sex workers, their friends, families, and allies are coming together to demand an end to stigma, criminalisation, violence and murders. In the week since the two tragedies occurred, the feelings of anger, grief, sadness and injustice – for the loss of Dora and Jasmine, but also for the senseless and systemic murders and violence against sex workers worldwide – have brought together people in more than 25 cities from three continents who agreed to organise demos, vigils, and protests in front of Turkish and Swedish embassies or other symbolic places. JOIN US on Friday the 19th at 3 pm local time and stand in solidarity with sex workers and their loved ones around the world! Justice for Dora! Justice for Jasmine! Justice for all sex workers who are victims of violence!
Words taken from http://jasmineanddora.wordpress.com/
What I'd love is for some non sex worker type to come out in support too. Do read the above links to see where a demo is happening near you.
If you can't make it then you can do your bit by getting #stigmakills to trend on twitter at 8am, 12pm and 10pm. Follow @whorephobia for more info and look out for my relevant tweets which you can retweet.
The irony of course is that those who aren't connected with the industry will be too embarrassed what other people might think to stand in solidarity with us.
Take a little bit of that fear or shame and use it to understand how stigma, whorephobia, shite laws and injustice effect the lives and cause the deaths of sex workers.
Do it for the Jasmines and Doras of the world.