General law info and tips for sex workers, etc. in Louisiana
Louisiana prostitution laws relevant to sex workers, including escorts, street-based sex workers (street walkers), FBSM (Full Body Sensual Massage) providers, fetish and fantasy pros, etc. (From the Louisiana State Legislature’s website)
Prostitution Charges in Louisiana Explained
Know the Laws: “What can I say in my online ad?” – Legal advice on the language and limits of what can be in your listing (from Hook Online)
Know the Laws: “What should I say if an officer arrests me?” – Advice on how to respond to a situation involving the police (from Hook Online)
Know Your Rights for Sex Workers – What not to do if arrested or detained by police
New Orleans Criminal Defense Lawyer Explains Miranda Rights
Arrested for a Misdemeanor: DOs and DON’Ts
A Louisiana Lawyer’s Advice to Accused Offenders
Divorce: Who Gets Custody? Who Pays Support? Authored By: Louisiana State Bar Association
North Carolinians, 11 current and former sex workers and/or advocates, share their experience with the common goal of raising awareness about and reducing violence perpetrated against sex workers. Sex workers often do not report crimes committed against them because they do not want to incriminate themselves; criminalization of sex work protects the perpetrators. What types of violence do sex workers experience? What can sex workers do to avoid violence? What else can be done to make sex work safer? The North Carolina Bad Date Line, created by the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (nchrc.org,) allows sex workers to anonymously report crime against them to help each other stay safer.
The producer, interviewer, photographer, videographer and editor is Hadley Gustafson; additional interviews were performed by Tessie Castillo and Robert Childs. 2012.
Hilarious video on dealing with law enforcement. The first few minutes are Chicago-specific, so skip to 3 minutes in where she talks about constitutional rights that apply to all of us.
kittenINFINITE explains what your rights are if you are a sex worker arrested on the job, and what you should and should not do when dealing with law enforcement. The SWOP-Chicago gang re-enact some commonly used police tactics in interrogation and how you should handle yourself in each situation.
“We are not limited to a false construct that all in the sex industry are unwilling participants…Advocating human rights for all sex workers does not take away from efforts to bring freedom to those suffering forced participation.”
The notion that all sex workers are victims of sex trafficking is both inaccurate and unfair–to trafficking victims and voluntary sex workers alike.
Cambodia’s aggressive anti-trafficking campaign is designed to rescue and rehabilitate sex workers. But many women say authorities in Cambodia are actually forcing them into a trade where conditions and pay are even worse: making clothing for Western brands. VICE founder Suroosh Alvi traveled to Phnom Penh to speak with former and current sex workers, officials, and labor organizers to investigate what is happening to those swept up in the country’s trafficking crackdown.
Sex workers in Cambodia have fought against the 100% Condom Use Program and the abuses associated with it for many years.Now Cambodia has a new anti-trafficking law which makes all sex work illegal, and where sex workers can be sent for mandatory rehabilitation.Cambodian Sex Worker groups and APNSW have fought against both of these abusive systems. This film shows the human rights abuses inherent in both approaches.
The first step to understanding and accepting a friend or loved one’s choice to be a sex worker is to learn about sex work and to listen with suspended judgment to sex workers themselves. The articles and videos below (many of which are from the perspectives of sex workers themselves) provide some background on sex work and the harm reduction model.
Sex workers are a diverse group. We vary in race, gender, age, nationality, socioeconomic status, and by the type of sex work that we do. But most of us agree that it is only by listening to sex workers that our friends, family members, lovers, and allies can begin to re-examine, question, and hopefully work through the prejudices, stereotypes, and cultural stigma surrounding the work we do.
“…It’s supposed to be common knowledge that I ended up in my job as an escort because, as a child, I suffered some serious emotional damage. But from the inside looking out, it’s clear to me that non-sex workers have plenty of issues all their own. Last week, one of them kept jumping out at me: civilian women’s cavalier clichés about sex workers’ pasts.
I know plenty of men believe that every sex worker has had a screwed up childhood. For me, though, accusations of familial damage cut a lot deeper when they’re thrown around by women, particularly women with otherwise feminist chops (*coughcough* Tina Fey.) We all suffer from slut/whore/man-hater sexism—meaning we’re all vulnerable to the stigma against a woman expressing sexuality in any “deviant” way—so shouldn’t we all reject that misogyny? It’s obvious that the abused sex worker myth is a symptom of our culture’s need to pathologize sexual women, and it should be obvious why the “some adult must have screwed you up when you were little” jab is a mean-spirited, ignorant, and completely trite accusation—but apparently it isn’t.” Read the blog post at TitsandSass.com
Video: Scarlet Alliance’s excellent video, “Every Ho I Know Says So: Advice for Partners, Lovers, Dates, and Sweethearts of Sex Workers”
“We’re all raised with whorephobia about sex workers. From a very young age we’re fed a a lot of concepts about sex workers that are very violent and also very misrepresenting. If you’re lucky enough to be dating a sex worker, you have to understand that being close to a sex worker isn’t going to be enough for you to undo those ideas. You have to actively seek out resources and books and information and other support for you to start undoing the socialized ideas you have about sex workers because it’s not going to happen without you actively doing that work. If you’re close to a sex worker, then doing that work is your responsibility.”
Description: 11 current and former sex workers and/or advocates share their experience with the common goal of raising awareness about and reducing violence perpetrated against sex workers. Sex workers often do not report crimes committed against them because they do not want to incriminate themselves; criminalization of sex work protects the perpetrators. What types of violence do sex workers experience? What can sex workers do to avoid violence? What else can be done to make sex work safer? The North Carolina Bad Date Line, created by the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (nchrc.org,) allows sex workers to anonymously report crime against them to help each other stay safer.