December 17th - International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

 

altDr. Annie Sprinkle and Founder Robyn Few of the Sex Worker Outreach Project in the United States created the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers to raise awareness about the global issue of sex worker abuse and mistreatment, and remember those sex workers who have lost their lives to violence. Initially a memorial day for murdered sex workers who fell victim to the Green River Serial Killer in Seattle, Washington, USA, December 17th has become a day of recognition for all violence and crime against sex workers worldwide, and organizations from around the globe stage events and take action to address the societal issues that permit such violence, and empower sex workers to fight against stigma and discrimination. The day is also used to draw attention to policies and laws in countries which criminalize sex work and thus institutionalize violence against sex workers.