Thursday, December 17th, 2020 marks the 17th annual International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. This Memorial Day event draws attention to the high rates of murder and violence perpetrated against sex workers in Africa and around the world.
The first International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers was Inaugurated by Dr Annie Sprinkle -@AnnieSprinkle and started by the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA. It was held in 2003, in response to Gary Leon Ridgeway, the ‘Green River Killer’ who murdered at least 71 women who were involved in the sex industry in Seattle, Washington. Ridgeway.
December 17th has empowered workers from cities around the world to come together and organize via staged actions and vigils. We recognize that violence against sex workers and people in the sex trades is a harm reduction issue, and we stand committed to ending it.
This year we invite you to remember the sex workers who have lost their lives in Africa as well as join with sex workers, their allies, loved ones and communities in Africa in standing against the violence committed within these communities. The assault, battery, rape and murder of sex workers must end!