The Desiree Alliance, a a diverse, sex worker-led network of organizations, communities and individuals across the US working in harm reduction, direct services, political advocacy and health services for sex workers, has organized a joint statement opposing the war on adult industries and, in particular, the war on adult advertising websites such as Backpage.com.

According to the statement, Desiree and the signing organizations:

…reject the frameworks of anti-trafficking discourses as conflated and ultimately dangerous to those who labor in alternative economies that the laws do not protect and serve or, wholly provide representations.  We acknowledge trafficking exists in the most deplorable and heinous conditions through capital means of demand and supply.  However, when government entities and funded stakeholders are not held accountable for accurate trafficking data, the burden of proof lies upon public knowledge of such data.  Incorrect data purposely distorts the right of the public to make informed decisions and skews the balance of how far governments can regulate consensual sexual freedoms.

Over 80 global sex worker organizations and leaders have signed onto the joint statement; SWOP-USA is proud to be one of the first organizations to join in signing the statement.

Read the full statement here.

If you would like to join in signing onto this statement, please email director@desireealliance.org