VANCOUVER, BC. The trial may be over, but efforts for change continue. On December 17th, Pivot Legal Society and the West Coast Cooperative of Sex Industry Professionals (WCCSIP) are joining together to make adult consensual sex work safer.
“The eyes of the world are no longer upon us,” says sex worker and advocate Susan Davis of the WCCSIP. “But what have we gained in the wake of the missing women? Our laws still do not protect us. And many sex workers still lack safe work spaces.”
On December 17 – International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers – supporters of sex workers’ rights are invited to attend the Moulin Rouge Masquerade Fundraiser at the Royal Unicorn Cabaret in Vancouver from 7:00 pm till 1:00 am. Proceeds will be shared between the WCCSIP to establish alternative income sources for sex workers and Pivot Legal Society for their charter challenge to bring down the laws around sex work that have made it as dangerous as it is today.
“We decided on a masquerade party so that sex industry workers and supporters who are afraid of being outed can show up incognito,” explains event coordinator and WCCSIP member, Ryann Rain.
The fundraiser will feature the best in burlesque entertainment, acrobatic performances from some of Canada’s most talented exotic entertainers, and an auctioning off of some of Vancouver’s finest bachelors.
People are asked to contribute by donating items for the silent auction, sponsoring dinner dates for the bachelor auction, volunteering to be auctioned off or help during the event, or by donating.
“December 17th is about remembering,” says Davis. “It is about creating awareness that the violence is still happening. It is about letting sex workers know that they matter. It is about the struggle, the movement to make sex work safer.”
Annie Sprinkle and Robyn Few of the Sex Worker Outreach Project (SWOP) in San Francisco started the annual vigil on December 17th in 2003. Since then, people all over the world remember sex workers who have lost their lives to violence on this day.
For more information, contact Ryann Rain at 778-847-3746 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Purchase tickets at Pivot Legal Society, 678 East Hastings, or the Flaming Angel Boutique, 677 Seymour, or online at www.stilettostorm.com.