#DeepSouthDecrim Toolkit

“This Toolkit was developed by the Sex Workers Advisory Committee (SWAC) convened by Women With A Vison, Inc. (WWAV) in 2020 – 2021. This labor was done during the COVID-19 global pandemic, which denied federal stimulus benefits and state funding to sex workers. Many needed food, shelter, and other resources for themselves and their families’ survival. Furthermore, many of the disparities outlined in this document have only increased under COVID restrictions. The statistics about sex work provided here, already hard to gather, are probably much more dire.

The Toolkit provides an introductory political education to sex work and criminalization in Louisiana. It explores why adults enter into the commercial sex trade, shows why the criminalization of sex work increases the risk of violence, creates unsafe working and health conditions, and places heavily oppressed populations at increased risk of harm from the prison industrial complex and their actors. It also explains why sex work decriminalization will transform this violence matrix and build a more just and equitable futures for us all.”

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