Sex Worker Rights Day March

1PM MARCH FROM OCCIDENTAL SQUARE TO WESTLAKE CENTER
PLEASE JOIN US. YOUR SUPPORT COUNTS.

Sex workers in Seattle are speaking up for their right to work, to advocate for themselves, and to exist.

WE WILL BE MARCHING REGARDLESS OF WEATHER! Bring your red umbrella ; )

This march will start in Occidental Square, and will visit the Court House, City Hall, and Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. At each stop, members of SWOP-Seattle will highlight ways in which the political climate towards prostitution in Seattle is damaging to sex workers, and what needs to change.

SWRD

Itinerary:

1:00 Gathering at Occidental Square
1:15 Begin March
1:30 Address at King County Superior Court to address TRB website hearings happening at that very moment, and to deliver a petition to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
2:00 Address at Seattle City Hall to City Council Members, to invite them to engage with the sex worker community, and to ask them to repeal the change of law from “patronizing a prostitute” to “sexual exploittaion”.
2:30 Westlake Center gathering and mailing of letters to WA policymakers.
AT THE END: All sex workers involved in the photoshoot will get in cabs and go to the studio. For details and more info, contact Savannah at msssavannahsly@gmail.com

Issues we will address:

– The problematic and continuous conflation of trafficking and sex work by Seattle Prosecuting Attorney’s office, and related prohibition-style “End Demand” tactics.

– Seattle City Councils’ decision to reclassify “patronizing a prostitute” to “sexual exploitation”. 
– Disproportionate amount of charges brought against Korean women in recent TRB adult website shutdown, and lack of any evidence of trafficking despite vehement insistence of it’s existance by law enforcement.
– Inability and refusal of WA policymakers to reach out or value input from the sex work community on initiatives that directly affect sex worker safety and welfare. 

This public demonstration is being held in honor of Sex Worker Rights Day, which began in 2001, when over 25,000 sex workers gathered in India for a festival despite efforts from prohibitionist groups who tried to prevent it taking place by pressuring the government to revoke their permit. The sex worker rights movement is global, and will be honored in Seattle alongside other national happenings.

Sex worker protest in Maharashtra, India

Sex worker protest in Maharashtra, India