What's it all about?
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers is observed annually on the 17th December by sex workers and their friends around the world.
First celebrated in 2003, it is the brainchild of Dr. Annie Sprinkle and the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA (SWOP-USA), an American Sex Worker's Rights organisation. The day was originally conceived as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer who murdered at least 48 women in the Washington area, over a period of approximately 20 years. Many of Ridgeway's victims were sex workers, whom he said he targeted "because he could get away with it".
Now an annual international event, on this day we remember sex workers who have been victims of violence, sexual assault and death, including Irish sex workers Belinda Pereira and Sinead Kelly, whose murders remain unsolved.
We call attention to crimes committed against sex workers, the need to remove the stigma and discrimination that has made violence against sex-workers all too acceptable and the way society is keeping sex workers vulnerable by criminalising them.
In Ireland sex workers are forced to work alone by laws which prevent two sex workers working together legally. Please sign our Petition
against these laws that are putting sex workers in Ireland at great risk of violence.
Private Forums for Escorts & Ugly Mugs
We would like to take this opportunity to encourage any escorts not yet using our Private Forums for Escorts and Ugly Mugs system to sign up for these free services.
Our Private Forums for Escorts are a place where escorts can talk to other escorts in private, and discuss issues like safety, bad clients, accommodation and good business practices. It is also a great place to meet other escorts and make friends.
Our Ugly Mugs service was launched September 2009 and has proved to be a great success. A big thank you to all the escorts who have supported Ugly Mugs! Using the Ugly Mugs system helps escorts stay safe by collating all the warnings about bad clients into a central system.
If have any difficulty accessing the Private Forums for Escorts or Ugly Mugs system, please contact our office
or speak to one of our Community Managers (Nicole
) on the message boards who will be happy to assist you.
These free service are accessible to all sex workers in Ireland whether you are an advertiser of ours or not. If you are not an advertiser and would like to gain access to these services, you can contact our office
and once we have verified that you are a genuine escort, we will be happy to allow you access to these services free of charge.
A Gift for our Advertisers
Whilst doing our Christmas shopping we noticed there are lots of relatively cheap safety devices available which may come in useful for escorts. One good shop is the Suzy Lamplugh Trust Shop
which stocks a wide range of panic alarms and other safety gadgets like Howsar quick locks, for if you don't trust your landlord not to come into your properly uninvited. Searching Amazon.co.uk
revealed even more interesting products like ‘indelible sprays' which you can spray at an attacker and it will leave a red dye on his face for 3 days! Ho ho ho!
We thought we'd love to get our advertisers a present, but it isn't very practical to try to post such items to our customers, so instead, to embrace the marking of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, we would like to offer all our advertisers a €15 discount (£12.50) on all our advertising rates (excluding the €25 one day add-on rate) between 17th December 2010 and 16th January 2011. This offer will apply to any escort whose advert starts within these dates. This offer can be used in conjunction with the €10 online payment discount, so you can save even more on your advertising if you are paying by card.