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Nationally and Locally, Sex Workers Outreach Project works to share accurate information, promote evidence-based policies, dispel myths, and promote media justice for sex workers. Links to recent media coverage of our work is below.

Read through articles to gain insight into issues our community is facing. They also provide great insight into the most recent debates and conversations on sex work, sex trafficking, and the sex trade

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How a Mom’s Sex Worker Past Can Be Used Against Her—and Her Kids 

Sexual Abuse Is a Problem in Baltimore Policing [ATTN]

The Life of a Phone Sex Operator [Priceonomics]


“Fast Fashion”: Anne Elizabeth Moore on the Global Garment and Sex Trades [Truthout]

Safe Space: Sex Workers in the South [Gambit]


Sex Workers React to the UN’s 2016 Political Declaration on Ending AIDS [The Body]

Sex Workers Say California Bill Gives Sex Workers Too Much Power [CBS]

Parlor politics: Behind the little-known massage certification group that Sacramento County rejected [News Review]

17th Annual 30 Under 30 to honor youth June 22 [Windy City Times]

Underage Sex Scandal Explodes at Oakland Police Department and Mayor Fires Succession of Interim Chiefs [Alternet/East Bay Press]

Police crimes too big to hide [Socialist Worker]

‘It’s Destroyed People’s Lives’: The Shocking Rise in Hepatitis C-Related Death [Broadly]

Efforts to crack down on illicit massage parlors have had unintended consequences [News Review]

Oakland Police Sex Scandal Deepens With More East Bay Officers Implicated, Interim Oakland Chief Fired [SFist]


Amnesty International Urges World Governments to Decriminalize Sex Work, Protect Sex Workers [Libertarian Republic]

The Everyday Faces of Sex Workers [New York Times]

World Human Rights Group Publishes Policy To Legalize Prostitution Everywhere [Daily Caller]

I Feel Bad That I’ve Never Paid for Porn [Chicago Reader]

A Dangerous Campaign Against Sex Trafficking Has Bipartisan Support [Alternet]

On Mother’s Day, Remembering Sex Worker Moms [Huffington Post]

Person of Interest [The Stranger]

XXXerox: C.M. Ruiz on Turning the Lusty Lady into a Giant Gallery [Seattle Weekly]


Looking for a prostitute? Go to Nevada [Fairfield Daily Republic]

Sex Workers Explain Their Jobs to Their Families [ATTN]

Activists Say Sex Worker Was ‘Wrongfully’ Convicted Of Murder In South Side Stabbing [Chicagoist]


Sex workers, advocates stand by killer of Brother Rice teacher [Chicago Tribune]

A vigilante put a sex worker in prison after filming her with a drone [The Verge]

Is Prostitution Just Another Job? [New York Magazine]

Sex Workers and Supporters Marched Through Seattle, Visiting City and County Buildings, Before Rallying at Westlake [The Stranger]


California ponders whether prostitutes are criminals or victims [Sacramento Bee]

At clubs like Stone Park’s Playpen, sex work no fun and game [Medill]

Senate passes prostitution bill [Portland Tribune]

How the Rentboy Indictment Threatens Our Community’s Safety [The Advocate]

2 LAPD officers charged with raping 4 women, mostly while on duty [89.3 KPCC]

Sex work is safer online than on the street [LA Times]

Sex workers, advocates oppose bill aimed at sex trafficking [Portland Tribune]

The students-turned-hookers who love what they do [NY Post]


LAPD Arrests 198 People In Connection With Human Trafficking [LAist]

Were Sex Workers Caught Up in Recent Seattle Raid Really Being Trafficked? [Huffington Post]

Inside the Controversial Trafficking Sting that Seized a Seattle Sex Worker Site [Broadly]

Savage Love Letter of the Day: Pay to Lay? [The Stranger]

Wash. police free 12 women, seize sex trade site [Police News]

King County’s “Unprecedented” Prostitution Sting Has Shut Down a Popular Vetting Tool for Sex Workers [The Stranger]

Seattle Police Take Down Prostitution Ring, Seize Sex Website [PanAm Post]

Police smash prostitution ring and rescue 12 South Korean women forced into $300-an-hour prostitution by ex marijuana grower who pimped them out across the U.S. [UK Daily Mail]

Brothels, sex websites shuttered in Seattle-area prostitution bust [Business Insider]

Sheriff: Korean women freed after bust of Seattle-area sex trafficking ring [Seattle Globalist]

What the Pathetic Case Against Says About Sex Work [The Nation]

FBI & Local Police Seize Adult Entertainment Website “The Review Board” [Huffington Post]

FBI Helps Shut Down Seattle Sex-Work Review Board []