Happy International Wh*res Day! This month, we would not be celebrating Pride if it weren’t for the radical migrant/Black/PoC/queer/trans sex workers who made the movement of queer liberation an internationally united struggle; a struggle that is not over!

Today we honour every sex worker who has paved the way for us as we continue our struggle against police violence, sex-work criminalisation, transphobia, racism, deportation, homophobia, incarceration, exploitation & gentrification. We call for people fighting these intersecting issues to unite and see these struggles for what they are: not only interconnected but interdependent.

Please join us TODAY June 2, 4pm @ the new location of Washingtonplatz Hauptbahnhof for the counter-rally against criminalisation and later in the week on June 5, 3pm @ U Hallesches Tor (Mehringplatz). 

NO PRIDE FOR SOME OF US WITHOUT LIBERATION FOR ALL OF US – Marsha P. Johnson

Inspiration for the text on this image from Jason Domino.

In commemoration of International Whores Day we call people to unite together under the red umbrella of the sex workers’ struggle. On 2nd June 1975, over 100 sex workers occupied a church in Lyon (France) to resist police harassment in the streets they were working on and in protest against their marginalisation. In this spirit, we call on all sex workers and supporters to come together to create a community of resistance!

Internationally, sex workers are being denied the rights all workers are owed. The ongoing pandemic is accelerating this process of marginalisation. The current German laws are stigmatising and push most of us further into illegality. Politicians discuss further criminalisation of our work and deny our bodily autonomy. Anti sex-work advocates are gathering globally to introduce the Nordic Model which has been proven to harm sex workers.

We are done with people telling us what WE NEED! We continue to be denied the right to speak for ourselves and define our own struggle. It’s time to listen to us! As sex workers we know of the power of community as it is in our communities that we assemble and thrive.

We call for people fighting intersecting struggles to come together in solidarity in a moment where we raise our voices.

We call for the full decriminalisation of sex work.

We call for a community of solidarity and to fight as a union!

We call for an end to deportations and to xenophobic and racist harassment.

We call for an end to police violence.

We rally for full bodily autonomy & agency over our own lives, not just a daily struggle for survival.

Please bring your mask and keep the 1,5 m physical distancing regulations to ensure that these actions can happen.

For more info head over to Sex Worker Action Group!

This coming Saturday is May 1, International Workers’ Day. We begin at Hermannplatz at 5 p.m. & stand united in the struggle for workers’ rights, especially the rights of trans migrant sex workers! Join us!
Migrant sex workers on Frobenstraße and Kürfürstenstraße in Schöneberg, the gentrified Berlin district where sex workers have worked for over a hundred years, are under police patrol every night. We see the nightly harassment of women – majority migrant, many trans, many women of colour – for whom police discrimination is harsher and brutality more likely. Time and time again, it’s been documented that sex workers encounter the most violence at work when we are forced to deal with cops. Dealing with police hostility should not be a daily reality! The so-called ‘Prostitution Protection Law’ does not protect us!
Sex work is not a moral issue, it’s a worker’s rights issue! See you on the street! Look out for red umbrellas!

Today is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Trans*SexWorks planned to have a candle lit vigil on Frobenstraße to pay our respects and to remember sex workers who have been victims of violence in Germany and around the world; but as we have entered a new lockdown, we decided to do this from home and ask that you do the same. Violence against sex workers can be at the hands of a client, an intimate partner, the cops or a stranger on the street; and the state guarantees that this violence continues through the criminalisation of prostitution. Due to corona restrictions, prostitution has been illegal in Germany since mid-March 2020, but as we already know, sex work doesn’t simply disappear when it is forbidden – workers still need to make a living, and are simply forced into more secret, more dangerous situations. We believe full decriminalisation of prostitution is the only way towards a safe future for all sex workers. Considering the reality we are faced with now, Trans*SexWorks demands the following:

1. While sex work is illegal during the pandemic, the state should provide aid to ALL sex workers, regardless of their residence status or whether they are registered prostitutes

2. Too often trans women are denied access to women’s shelters and staying in men’s shelters can be humiliating and dangerous. Trans*Sexworks demands that new shelter be provided in the area where women work, where they know they can be free from harassment.

3. Gentrification has meant that many spaces where sex would take place are now fenced off or otherwise closed; there should be places to work where both clients and workers feel safe. 

4. Sex workers should never be arrested or have to deal with police harassment as part of their job. There should be people – not police – who are properly trained to deal with the systemic issues that arise from the marginalisation of people who are sex workers/immigrants/Black/of colour/trans*/queer people/youth.

5. There needs to be clearer help and processes for trans workers to properly register as independent workers – help which these workers are already entitled to. Cis sex workers have organizations to help them with this process, the same should exist for trans sex workers.