June 2nd - International Sex Worker Day

 

altThe Saint-Nizier Church in Lyon, France became the focus of local, national, and eventually international attention as the result of a 10 day protest.  On June 2, 1975 about 100 sex workers and their supporters congregated at the Church and staged a sit-in to protest mistreatment and abuse of sex workers at the hands of law enforcement.  Established feminist groups with experience in political activism supported the protesters, providing practical guidance for mobilizing and organizing the sex worker community.  Though police later stormed the church and forcibly removed the sex workers, the act of organized protest motivated sex workers worldwide and sparked the start of the modern sex workers movement, and the annual recognition of June 2 as International Sex Worker Day.