Posts Tagged ‘sex workers’

NYATN’s Sienna Baskin on MSNBC!

Sienna Baskin, Managing Director of the Sex Workers Project and NYATN steering committee member, was on So Popular with Janet Mock on MSNBC on January 8, 2016. The topic was sex workers’ rights and decriminalization. They discussed sex worker rights and how they are portrayed in the media and in pop culture. She was joined by Verónica Bayetti Flores, and journalist Melissa Gira Grant. You can check it out here.


NYATN opposes MSNBC’s program, Slave Hunter: Freeing Victims of Human Trafficking

NYATN signed on, with 23 anti-trafficking organizations including the Freedom Network (USA), to member Sex Workers Project’s letter opposing MSNBC’s program, Slave Hunter: Freeing Victims of Human Trafficking.  It states, in part: “While we respect your efforts to tackle a difficult and necessary subject, the tactics of Mr. Cohen and ‘Abolish Slavery’ mislead the public and threaten the rights and safety of sex workers and survivors of human trafficking.”  Read more….

The New York Times published NYATN member Sex Workers Project’s Letter to the Editor

The New York Times published NYATN member Sex Workers Project’s Letter to the Editor in response to the article, “With Special Courts, State Aims to Steer Women Away From Sex Trade.”  Robin Richardson writes in part: “Not all those arrested for prostitution are victims of human trafficking. Individuals brought into these courts who do sex work by choice or because of difficult life circumstances, and people falsely profiled as sex workers because of their race, gender identity or arrest history, also deserve help and a zealous defense.”  Read more….

NYATN Member’s Piece, “Steps Forward – and Setbacks – for Sex Workers’ Rights”

NYATN steering member Juhu Thukral’s RH Reality Check piece, “Steps Forward – and Setbacks – for Sex Workers’ Rights,” examines New York Governor Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act bill and the Supreme Court ruling on the anti-prostitution pledge that applied to global funding to combat HIV and AIDS.  She writes, in part: “As long as we do not examine our sexual attitudes and the policies that stem from a misunderstanding of our rights around sexual behavior and how to protect them, policymakers will continue to confuse sex work with trafficking and implement harmful policies on HIV without consequence for themselves.”  Read more….

NYATN member comments on Operation Cross Country

NYATN member Sienna Baskin, co-director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, responds in the U.S. News & World Report‘s piece, “Some Child Sex Trafficking Victims ‘Rescued’ by Recent FBI Sting Could End Up in Jail,” about Operation Cross Country, in which 105 young people in the sex trade were identified after a multi-city law enforcement action.  She says: “It seems like they’re treating the arrest of minors as an acceptable collateral consequence of this operation. But arrest is a very traumatic experience that can lead to abuses for both adults and minors.”  Read more….

NYATN member comments on law enforcement raid of Brooklyn massage parlors

NYATN member Sienna Baskin is quoted in Pix 11’s story, “19 Arrested in Prostitution Sweep of Brooklyn Massage Parlors.”  In the article, Baskin says:

“Sienna Baskin, Co-Director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, said Thursday, ‘Arresting sex workers does nothing to increase their opportunities and safety. The city should focus on outreach and services to sex workers, instead of arresting them.'”  Read more….

Florrie Burke’s Op-Ed: Forced Into Prostitution — and Denied a Lifeline

NYATN member Florrie Burke’s op-ed, “Forced Into Prostitution — and Denied a Lifeline,” about S1379/A2736, the No Condoms As Evidence bill, appeared in today’s Huffington Post.  She says, in part, “This bill should prohibit prosecutors from using possession of condoms as evidence to support prostitution-related charges, including trafficking.”  She adds, “In reality, a condom may be the one protection a victim of trafficking has from a trafficker’s assault on her or his human rights, autonomy, and body.”  Read more.

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