In this latest installation of the Sex Worker Violence Prevention video series, three former sex workers (two of whom are transgender) and two advocates talk about condom use, focusing on the realities of survival transactional sex, HIV, addiction, and use of condoms as evidence by law enforcement. Three of these interviews were recorded at the Southern Harm Reduction and Drug Policy Network conference September 6-8, 2012, in Atlanta, GA. There is representation by people of both street and non-street sex work experience.
On the night of October 13, 2012, five sex workers at a roadside motel in Durham, NC (part of the regular Saturday night condom-and-supplies-distribution neighborhood visit for NCHRC outreach worker “Manny”) took a short break to talk about violence prevention and condom use. Produced by Hadley Gustafson for NCHRC.Third in the Sex Worker Violence Prevention video series. Made possible by a generous contribution from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.
North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) videographer Hadley Gustafson has launched a Kickstarter fundraising project to continue her Sex Worker Violence Prevention Video Series: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1529235840/second-chance-sex-worker-violence-prevention-video.
There’s only two days left to help her reach her very modest $400 goal. Even a $10 donation helps prevent violence against sex workers and earns you some owl artwork.
Please help her continue to tell this important human rights story.
In this documentary, 11 North Carolinians, current and former sex workers and/or advocates, share their experience with the common goal of reducing violence perpetrated against sex workers. Sex workers often do not report crimes committed against them because they do not want to incriminate themselves; criminalization of sex work protects the perpetrators. What types of violence do sex workers experience? What can sex workers do to avoid violence? What else can be done to make sex work safer?
Help Gustafson create new footage showing these and other current and former sex workers in their daily lives, facing the challenges they discuss in the interviews, and to continue to edit extant footage to address sub-topics such as the philosophy behind decriminalization of sex work, using communication to avoid violence, condom use for sex workers, and transitioning out of sex work if one chooses to do so.
North Carolinians, 11 current and former sex workers and/or advocates, share their experience with the common goal of raising awareness about and reducing violence perpetrated against sex workers. Sex workers often do not report crimes committed against them because they do not want to incriminate themselves; criminalization of sex work protects the perpetrators. What types of violence do sex workers experience? What can sex workers do to avoid violence? What else can be done to make sex work safer? The North Carolina Bad Date Line, created by the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (nchrc.org,) allows sex workers to anonymously report crime against them to help each other stay safer.
The producer, interviewer, photographer, videographer and editor is Hadley Gustafson; additional interviews were performed by Tessie Castillo and Robert Childs. 2012.
RESOURCES: For more sex worker violence prevention tips, see pdxswoc.net/pbdl.html. For the North Carolina Bad Date Line, call (336) 543-8050, email email@example.com, check the Twitter feed @ncbaddateline, or see the Facebook group, tinyurl.com/86s6hcl. For the National Blacklist’s Raleigh page, see nationalblacklist.com/raleigh.aspx.