Tag Archives: Low-Contact Sex Work

Info Flyer for Tabling: Escorts, Service Providers, Strippers


SWOP-NOLA info flyer for tabling –
Calling all local sex workers:

Escorts, Service Providers, Strippers / Exotic Dancers, Camgirls, Professional Companions, Roleplay / Fantasy / Fetish Professionals, FBSM / Erotic / Sensual Massage Practitioners, Adult Entertainers, and Friends in New Orleans

I made this flyer with the intent to put them out at an event last night, and then it was too late to make copies. But! If you’d like to distribute it, go ahead and print it out yourself. I was going to xerox it in black and white, but I guess if you want to pay for color copies, that’s on you.

Two flyers per page, obviously. That’s because I’m cheap, and a smaller flyer is easier to fold up and jam in your pocket. No one likes a big flyer, seriously. That shit is just unwieldy.

UPDATE: New version from 3/2015 (added facebook, twitter, email, removed outdated meeting schedule):

SWOP-NOLA Info Flyer for tabling, etc. 2015

Updated March 2015 – png version


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9/21/12: Link Exchanges, Law Questions, Sexy Events, HIV Research, Robyn Few

Hello all! Hope you’re having a great September.  Mine’s not so bad, now that I’m aaaaaaaalmost caught up on everything I got behind on during Isaac and the ensuing power outage.  Here are some updates:

In this SWOP-NOLA Update:

Link Exchanges
Share Your Opinions, Questions
Cool, Sexy Stuff is Happening
Southern Harm Reduction Conference
Research Into HIV Prevention
Robyn Few

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New Flyer!! What is a Sex Worker?

Sent off the printing order for the “What is a Sex Worker?” flyers. I probably should have made a “clean” version with all the naughty words semi-censored, but oh well. Maybe next time (or maybe someone else wants to stare at Photoshop for hours on end to make one?). If you’d like to help distribute them (posting on bulletin boards at local businesses, a little guerilla marketing with staple guns and telephone poles…), let me know!

This is what the flyer will look like. If you’d like to print out a few of your own, feel free! Or, you can link to them on your site.

What is a sex worker?

SWOP-NOLA flyer - What is a sex worker?  Sex Workers Outreach Project - New Orleans

SWOP-NOLA flyer – What is a sex worker? Sex Workers Outreach Project – New Orleans

Email 8/7/12 – Sex Workers Outreach Project New Orleans

Hey everyone!!  You’re receiving this email for one of two reasons.  Either 1) You’ve expressed interest in Sex Workers Outreach Project – New Orleans (SWOP-NOLA), or you’re a local provider who I thought might be interested in a group run by sex workers -(escorts and otherwise) working to end the violence, discrimination, criminalization, and social stigma surrounding the work that we do.

If you weren’t included in the first email, you can read it here on the website:



Next–I posted this on the website here, but here it is again:


Susan Dewey, a professor at the University of Wyoming, is in town until Friday, August 17, and she’s doing research on sex work in New Orleans (and other places).  She’s just doing the first step of her research, and she’d like to chat (over coffee, on the phone, it’s pretty informal) with local sex workers to hear your opinions on…pretty much anything regarding the biz in New Orleans.  Please contact her if you’re interested!  All the cool kids are doing it.  Her email is: sdewey3 at uwyo dot edu


Oh, and:  Please send feedback and suggestions!  We’re just getting set up, so anything goes at this point.  What problems do you and/or other sex workers face in New Orleans?  How can we work toward solutions?  Got info you’d like to share?  Please, share your ideas, either by emailing here, or posting directly on the website:  on the left of the screen, under “Categories,” click on “Submit.”  You should be able to comment under those posts by clicking “Leave a Reply.”  http://swop-nola.org/category/submit/


Finally:  Please help spread the word!  Tell your friends!  Tell your coworkers!  Tell your enemies (as long as they’re in the biz)!  Tell escorts, call girls, rent boys, erotic/sensual massage providers, street sex workers, strippers, porn actors, your mom (ok, probably not, unless your mom is super cool).  And link to us on your website!  You can either do a text link to http://swop-nola.org, or you can copy and paste the banner link below:



<a href=”http://swop-nola.org“><img title=”SWOP-NOLA” src=”http://swop-nola.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/SWOP-NOLAbanner1.gif” alt=”SWOP-NOLA: Sex Workers Outreach Project-New Orleans” width=”468″ height=”60″ /></a>

 

 (go here if it doesn’t work in this email: http://swop-nola.org/how-you-can-help/ )
 

Thanks, and have a great Tuesday!!

Wanted: Sex Workers in New Orleans

Well, your opinions, stories, experiences, and input, that is.

Susan Dewey, an anthropologist and assistant professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Wyoming will be in New Orleans from Sunday August 5th through Friday August 17th.  She supports sex workers’ rights and the decriminalization of sex work in the US.

She’s doing an ethnographic project on sex work in Denver that explores the relationships between sex workers’ everyday lives and the legislation that criminalizes the work we do, and she’s interested in expanding this project to New Orleans.

She’s not doing formal interviews just yet; at this point, she just wants to chat with local sex workers to get a feel for what it’s like to be a sex worker in New Orleans.  You can remain anonymous, and you’re not obligated to provide any information you’re not comfortable providing.

So, if you’re interested in chatting with her over coffee or lunch while she’s in town, email her at:

sdewey3 at uwyo dot edu

Dear New Orleans Providers…

Email recently sent out to local providers:

New Orleans providers,

Sex Workers Outreach Project is a sex-worker run organization dedicated to the fundamental human rights of individuals who work in the sex industry. We are not a rescue group, and (as sex workers ourselves), we respect that sex work is a valid choice that can be empowering and rewarding, both personally and financially.

We also know that the stigma that surrounds sex work makes this work potentially very dangerous for us. We believe that the criminalization of sex work and the legislation of morals ultimately forces us to expose ourselves (and sometimes our loved ones) to risks. Because our work is not respected, because we are targeted by the law, and because the general public uses us as a scapegoat for society’s moral ills, we are sometimes seen as “less than”–as individuals who do not have the same rights to safety, health, and dignity as “regular” people with “better morals.”

On top of that, we are often kept in the dark regarding the information that we can use to protect ourselves. We live in fear of law enforcement, and unfortunately, people who wish to hurt us know that. So, we often tolerate violence, threats, and manipulation because we are afraid to speak up and ask for help or protection from violent predators. And if we do have a run-in with LE, most of us are not familiar enough with the law and the legal process to effectively defend ourselves in court. And many of us do not have access to accurate information about the unique health issues that apply to us. And unscrupulous individuals may take advantage of this, attempting to convince us that they are 100% “clean” or that a certain activity is 100% “safe.” And it’s not just the bad guys–some clients are also misinformed, and may truly believe that, for example, HIV is not sexually transmitted, and so condoms are not truly necessary. It can be a jungle out there!

So, long story short, SWOP-NOLA is the local chapter of SWOP-USA. The SWOP-NOLA.org website (http://swop-nola.org/) has just launched, and you can “like” us on Facebook if you so choose (click the link on the left side of the website). I’m contacting you because I know you are established providers who, together, have years of experience and knowledge. Please, please check out the website, and give your input. And join! It costs nothing, and you aren’t required to do anything except agree with our general purpose and goals. We do a few events a year (which you’re not required to participate in. Here’s an explanation from the SWOPUSA website: http://www.swopusa.org/en/node/221). Though a lot of our work is centered on the branch of sex work that is criminalized, members of SWOP are sex workers of all types–not just high-contact providers.

Please forward this email to any providers you know, or just tell them about SWOP-NOLA.org!