April 22, 2019
All eyes are on Florida because of the high-profile stings on massage parlors. DSW teamed up with sex workers and allies in Florida to draw attention to what criminalizing sex work actually looks like: vulnerable women in handcuffs. DSW and SWOP Behind Bars staged a news conference in Orlando to push the messages of LISTEN TO SEX WORKERS; JUST STOP THE ARRESTS; and HELP, NOT HANDCUFFS.
SWOP Behind Bars, SWOP Orlando, SWOP Tampa, the Sex Worker Solidarity Network, and FL NOW stood together to stand up for sex worker rights and the women of Florida. They spoke about the devastating impact of arrests and the bad bills being pushed through the Florida legislature that would create a prostitution registry and increase police surveillance of sex workers.
Lawmakers want to help victims of human trafficking, but they can't do that if they refuse to listen to sex workers.
The media is starting to take note of what’s happening in Florida:
A Government Database for People Who Pay for Sex Is a Terrible, Dangerous Idea (Vice, May 10, 2019)
Florida Is Creating a New Sex Offender Registry Just for Prostitution Customers (Reason, May 9, 2019)