On the 27.09 starting at 5 pm in Raumerweiterungsalle (Markgrafendamm 24c)

💄 WHORE MOANS: RELOADED💄

👊🏿👊🏾👊🏻👊 WHORES UNITE 👊👊🏻👊🏾👊🏿

Whore Moans is a soli*party which aims to celebrate the beauty and diversity of sex-workers of ALL kinds (POC and non-POC workers, workers of all genders and sexualities, street workers, privileged workers, etc.).

💋 WORKSHOPS AND SCREENINGS 💋

TBA

followed by

💋 DJS 💋

💦 BELLA CUTS 💦
💦 RANXETROV 💦
💦 DIRTY DADDY DON 💦
💦 SLIM SOLEDAD 💦
💦 ĀBNAMĀ 💦

MORE INFO TBA 💥

🍆🍑🔥 SLUT IT UP WITH YOUR LOCAL HOOKERS (AND ALLIES) 🔥🍑🍆

The party was born out of a desire to advocate for our rights, create a meeting place for sex workers, and of course raise money 💶💶💶
All proceeds go to Trans*sexworks

Suggested donation: 10 euros

** This space is wheelchair-accessible. We will not tolerate racism, sexism, misogyny, whorephobia, transphobia, lesbophobia, ableism of ANY KIND. An awareness team will be here to mediate should it be needed, but we reserve the right to ask anyone who does not respect this policy to leave. **

A huge step backwards for sexworkers rights

The 7th of july is a bad day in the history of sexworkers rights in germany. the government passed the ProstSchG (prostitution protection law) in the german Bundestag.

We are sexworkers, from a variety of workplaces and backgrounds. Among us are streetbased sexworkers, tantric practitioners, independent escorts, bdsm workers and many more.  Some of us use other terms like stripper or masseuse but we are all affected in a bad way by the new law.

Together we tried to fight the upcoming german law and it’s implications. Here is why.

Despite severe warnings of human rights groups like Amnesty International https://www.amnesty.ch/de/themen/frauenrechte/dok/2016/position-sexarbeit/1605_amnesty_policy_human_rights_sex_workers.pdf, Deutsche Aidshilfe https://www.aidshilfe.de/meldung/deutsche-aids-hilfe-verscharfung-prostitutionsgesetzes-schaden-statt-schutzen, sexworker led organisations http://berufsverband-sexarbeit.de/en/ and many more experts, the new law will enforce mandatory registration of sexworkers nationwide.

The law pretends/seems to fight human trafficking. But instead of helping victims of this crime it lifts the stigmatisation of sex workers on a new level. The forced registration, including the evaluation of ones mental status by a state authority imply sexworkers are perceived as being irresponsible uneducated beings. We oppose this discriminatory opinion, and claim back our agency of making well informed decisions regarding our lifechoices and sexuality. We are adults and we engage in consenting sexwork.

“Are you mentally able to understand what sexwork does to you?”

To perceive our very own whore ID, a state issued document including our picture, our profession (prostitute, the word ‘sexworker’ is a bit too modern for the german state), name and adress, that identifies you as a state approved sexworker we will be forced to visit a state authority. The government section that will have to deal with us has yet to be revealed, but most likely police or the Ordnungsamt (public order office) will be in charge of judging if we are mentally stable enough to takle up the profession. You read this right: an office worker will decide in a compulsory talk if you have the marbles in your brain to be a sexworker.

Neat, right?

Let’s also not forget: you will only be able to get your whore ID if you have an official work permit. This inherently excludes migrants, asylum seekers and many other most vulnerable groups of society that choose sexwork to simply survive. No work permit, no whore ID, getting caught working to eat, you will be deported, most likely to a country in which sexwork is still banned and gets prosecuted. To a country you left for good reasons, sometimes cause of war, sexismn, repression or transphobia (if you are a trans*sexworker).

Once a sexworker, always the stigma

Great, we made it to your whore ID. We now are officially registered as prostitutes in a state database. We all know that state secured databases containing sensitive information are never getting leaked, or hacked, or misused. Not. We feel very safe and secure now to know that there is a huge chance that we will for now and always be outed as sexworkers. Let’s just hope thet we never plan to work in another professional field,  to adopt children, become politicians, simply want to travel freely http://www.metronews.ca/news/vancouver/2013/04/02/ubc-student-accused-of-sex-work-after-trying-to-cross-u-s-border-with-condoms.html or book accomodation on a holiday http://fusion.net/story/276669/julie-simone-airbnb-sex-workers/. Also finding a flat to live will be impossible for those who are also affected by other stigmas like being a person of colour, a migrant or a trans*person.

The law forces former independent sexworkers into dependencies

Pretending  to “safe” precariously working sexworkers, the new law will actively abolish selforganised small workplaces by forcing brothel owners to seek permission for their establishment. As useful as this will be to make sure that big brothels at least succumb basic industry standards like a  certain hygiene or safety for their workers, it will make it impossible for selforganised sexworkers to work together in teams of two for safety in a legal way. Workers who decide to share a small workspace will be judged the same as huge brothels. Under the new law sexorkers will have exactly three choices:

Work  from their own homes and invite clients in their private bedrooms, making them potentially more vulnerable to abusive customers and violence.

Apply for a room in a regulated and permitted brothel. Easy to predict that only a few brothels will be able to get the necessary certification by the state authorities, which will lead to an artificial shortage of  legal workplaces. Let´s just think a minute about supply, demand and who will be the most vulnerable link in this capitalistic chain.

The third, surely least desired option will be to work illegaly. Sharing a flat with a colleague to ensure independence and safety will be outlawed  – unless the “brothelowners” will get their license to own a brothel. Too bad that this decision will be expensive and incredibly difficult to  achieve. German building regulation laws are not easy to handle, imagine the paperwork alone. Only the most able, well funded and legally savvy sexworkers will be able to get permission.

More  vulnerable, poor and precarious living sexworkers will be  left with no choice, but to  choose the last option for a variety of reasons. The new law will inforce them to work in unsafe conditions with unprotected services. For sure clients who are looking for unprotected and inhumanly cheap service will have a look for illegalised precarious sexworkers and don’t go to huge, controled, legal brothels. The new law is most dangerous for those who where supposed to be “protected” by those who created this law.

 

Trans*dinner

Trans*dinner
Every Thursday from 23.12. at SUBWAY in Berlin 18-21.00

Especially as trans*sex workers it is important to be in amicable contact. To converse about our sex work and everything else that is important for us and we want to keep private. Not least of all it’s simply nice to eat and have fun together. The trans*dinner is a place of mutual support, to learn and relax. A place to prepare for work if work is on the streets (it’s in  Kurfürstenkiez in Berlin and takes place before work times). It’s a gathering-space, a bigger community to build a better exchange of trans*sex workers of all realms, to learn from each other. A place for strategies of surviving, exchange of experiences and tasty food. Every trans*sex worker is welcome. No matter if you are working on the street, inside, in a studio, in bordells or throughout internet and no matter which language you speak. Every week another trans*sex worker is welcome to cook for us. If you are up for this, contact us. We are paying for your work and provide the groceries.

Subway: Kirchbachstrasse 5, 10783, Berlin (U. Yorckstrasse)

Our multilingual flyer is provided for download here:

Human rights for sex workers: Recognizing and ensuring the protection of sex workers’ human rights is essential to promoting health and safety. Ensuring that sex workers have full enjoyment of their human rights is the best way to reduce or eliminate the discrimination and abuse to which sex workers are often subjected and to improve or eliminate the discrimination and abuse to which sex workers are often subjected and to improve access to health and social services.

Sex workers are part of the solution: Sex worker leadership and empowerment are essential in fighting HIV and discrimination. Sex workers are their own best resource – they should be at the forefront of developing and implementing the programs and policies that impact their lives. It is only by empowering sex workers to speak for themselves and developing sex worker leadership that stigma and rights violations will be stopped.

Support of self-representation of sex work experiences and culture: A rich tradition of cultural representation (books, films, online presentations, festivals, dance) exists in sex workers’ communities and organizations all over the world. Cultural expression makes the aims of our rights based movement more accessible to people who may not be familiar with the realities of sex workers’ experience and is an essential part of our struggle for rights and change.

Sex work is work, not “harm”: Sex work (itself) is not inherently harmful. The reasons people engage in sex work vary widely, as do the reasons people choose a variety of other jobs. Many sex worker health and rights organizations use a harm reduction framework when they address the needs of sex workers. Other sexworker organizations have a less comfortable relationship with harm reduction because “harm” is sometimes erroneously defined as sex work or sex workers (themselves). We are resolute that any harm associated with sex worker results from repressive environments in which sex worker is not recognized as work, and because sex workers lack basic human rights and access to appropriate health services.

Labor rights for sex workers:Sex worker should be recognized as work in order to ensure safe and appropriate working conditions. The lack of labor rights leaves sex workers vulnerable to abuse and poor working conditions. Sex work should not be “over-regulated” or subject to special restrictions because of discriminatory fears about sex worker and sex workers. Sex work should be treated like other forms of labor.
This statement was originally prepared by the International Sex Worker Harm Reduction Caucus, a working group committed to increasing the participation of sex workers and their organizations in discussions of harm reduction at the international level. The statement was written for the International Harm ReductionAssociation’s 19thInternational Harm Reduction Conference in Barcelona, Spain, May 11-15, 2008.

Harm reduction for sex workers is knowing your legal rights. Harm reduction for drug users is providing condoms. Harm reduction for sex workers is education on safe practices. Harm reduction for drug users is providing a safe space. Harm reduction for sex workers IS harm reduction for drug users. Drug users and sex workers have the same concerns about stigma and criminalization. The battle against sex workers and the battle against drug users are two fronts of the same war. Many sex workers use drugs and/or hormones and many drug and/or hormone users are also sex workers by choice or for survival.

http://www.redumbrellaproject.org/advocate/sex-work-harm-reduction