Statement to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
I’m with the New Jersey Red Umbrella Alliance, a community of sex worker activists based in New Jersey, and first I want to say, you guys are really doing great work, and I see that, I appreciate it.
However, sex workers are not being mentioned at all, why is that? I work with national organizations, they’ve been reaching out to so many of the national offices, and they’re not getting responses. And it’s a shame. So I had some recommendations for you guys, so since no one else is listening, I’m going to tell it to you all:
We want an end to the practice of using condoms as evidence for people who trade sex, and criminalizing trans women of color for practicing safer sex.
We want to support sex workers unionization efforts so they can create safer working conditions instead of arresting them for trafficking themselves as what happened with Amber Batts in Alaska.
We want to end the violent policing of communities that allow street-based workers the ability to negotiate condom use safety without fear of arrest.
We want to stop the federal crusade against advertising websites like backpage or rent boy which provide tools to screen for potentially violent clients.
Ultimately we want to end the criminalization of sex.