Violence against sex workers is not just violence against sex workers—it’s also violence against transwomen, against women of color, against drug users, against immigrants.
Some quick stats:
- 4 in 5 transgender DC residents have been verbally, physically, or sexually assaulted. 44% were denied a job they were qualified for, 45% were discriminated against at work, and 41% have worked in the sex industry.
- 29% of trans people who experienced domestic violence reported engaging in sex work for income.
- A study of New York Street-Based Sex Workers reported that 80% of participants had reported experiencing violence, including 27% at the hands of police.
This International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, we joined HIPS, the DC Center, and other organizations to memorize all those who have suffered violence for their involvement with sex work–particularly the 23 trans women who were killed just this past year.
The event included a vigil, a program of speakers and performers, and a reception and balloon release to show our support.