Sex workers have been spoken for, over, and down to for too long. Marginalised, patronised, and totally misrepresented in the mainstream media, it’s no wonder that the reality of sex workers’ lives is so poorly understood by the public. One artist, who makes crude sculptures out of prostitutes’ rubbish in Leeds, home to Britain’s first “red light district”, provides just one example of how sex workers are seen by the general public: drugged-up, dirty and enslaved.

Authors and sex workers Juno Mac and Molly Smith are hoping to change that. Their seminal new book, Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights, is a radical case study of the past, present, and future of prostitution law. It sets the record straight on a lot of mainstream beliefs about the sex industry and those who operate in it, and lays out what workers in the industry need to ensure their safety and human rights.

From the “original Women’s March” in San Francisco in 1917, to how the Nordic model of prostitution has led to homelessness and deportations in some of the countries that have adopted it, the book is a must-read for feminists and non-feminists alike. As the British government pursues new laws like the United States’ FOSTA/SESTA that has driven sex workers underground, it is more crucial than ever to open Revolting Prostitutes’ neon orange pages.

We spoke to Mac and Smith about the stigma of sex work, seeing prostitution as labour, and why supporting sex workers’ rights doesn’t mean being a cheerleader for the industry.

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Why Sex Workers deserve rights like any other workers by Lydia Morrish

Nov. 26th, 2018