International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

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The Tucson chapter of SWOP (Sex Workers Outreach Project) will recognize the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers on Friday, Dec. 17, at the El Tiradito Shrine, 420 S. Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m..

From SWOP:

This event was created to call attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers all over the globe. Originally conceived as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle, the day has become an annual event to raise awareness about the violence that is commonly committed against sex workers. Existing laws prevent sex workers from reporting violence. The stigma and discrimination that is perpetuated by the prohibitionist laws has made violence against us acceptable. Please join with sex workers around the world and stand against criminalization and violence committed against prostitutes.

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Visible and invisible, sex workers are among us. December 17th, join us to stand against violence, and memorialize sex workers murdered in the past year. We will remember their names, and send them skyward with paper cranes and biodegradable balloons.

Vigil and performance. Wear red, carry a red umbrella, and bring your love.

We are your parents, neighbors, friends, and partners. We are your hidden desires, your secrets, and your inspirations. We are the pulse that keeps communities together, and the underground economies that provide for our families. We need you as our allies. We do not deserve to suffer in darkness at the hands of killers. Help us bring our struggle into the light.

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