The US PROStitutes Collective (US PROS) is inviting you to march with us on Tuesday March 8 as part of the exciting Mothers March which we are helping plan.
This is a great chance for us as sex workers to get some recognition for being carers, even if we can’t be public. Over 70% of prostitute women are mothers, mostly single mothers, doing what we can to survive and give our children a better chance in life. We are also grandmothers, sisters, daughters, aunties, partners . . . supporting families and whole communities. When do we hear that in the media?
We get no credit for our work, we are invisible. Unless of course we’ve been raided, arrested, jailed or murdered. The best known sex workers are those who have been exposed in the media or murdered by a serial killer. We can’t even report attacks without risking arrest.
A key focus of the march is for an end to criminalization and poverty. As the economic crisis gets worse, more women are being driven into working in clubs, massage parlors, on the street, as strippers, etc. We are targeted by the police, especially if we are Black and of color, and by anti-trafficking cops looking to deport immigrant people.
Instead of being offered protection and support, we are witch-hunted by politicians and even some feminists who look down on us and stereotype us, as they make money researching us.
If you are as outraged about this as we are, please join us on the Mothers March. Together with other mothers from all walks of life we can have an impact and demand that all the caring work we do should be recognized and paid for. If we won that money many of us wouldn’t have ended up in the sex industry or we would have been able to leave if we wanted to.
If you can’t march, please send a message of support, a donation towards organizing costs…There are many ways to be involved.
Mothers March to End Poverty, Criminalization, War and Occupation, to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, Tuesday, March 8, 2011, SF, All welcome, Gather: 4:30pm,16th & Mission (nr BART), Stops at Welfare Dept, Chase Bank, Federal Building for a Speak out: For the Survival & Welfare of People and the Planet.