We stand by sex work as a form of emotional and physical labor that people of all backgrounds undertake as a means of supporting themselves and people who depend on them, and as a means of surviving. We maintain that consent and the upholding of individual rights are key differentiators between sex work and sexual assault, and we reject the notion that sex work is inherently linked to violence. We maintain that addressing root issues of poverty, racial and gender discrimination, drug use, and immigration reform (to name a few) will give people who do not want to engage in sex work more income options and reduce sex worker vulnerability to violence and exploitation.
The presence of sex workers in social movements, the visibility of sex workers in communities of all kinds, and societal awareness of sex worker rights as fundamental to human rights in no way perpetuate violence, sexual assault, slavery and trafficking in persons. We believe that when sex work is decriminalized, and when sex workers do not suffer from stigma and discrimination, issues of abuse in the sex trade can be better identified, addressed and nullified.