Consensual adult sex work is a viable work option. Sex workers’ human rights cannot be fully realized with criminal laws that threaten their access to justice, health, and social services.
Who We Are
Our leadership is the state of Oregon and our members live in countries all over the world, with a variety of identities, backgrounds, and types of work. Some of us are in our 20's, others in their 70's. Some of our members have been incarcerated and abused by police in anti-sex work stings, some of our members are survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence, and some of our members enjoy safer sex work in decriminalized places, like New Zealand. The OSWC is a registered 501c3. We welcome allies and supporters to witness events, network, build community, and get involved in direct actions that raise awareness and inspire change.
Decriminalization protects sex workers from violence.
Police exploit people on both sides of sex work transactions whether through arrest or violence. Decriminalization reduces the harm sex workers endure by providing workplace protections from all perpetrators. (ACLU)
Decriminalization decreases health risks.
Sex workers should have free access to physical and mental healthcare. Academic research has shown that decriminalization is associated with better coverage of health promotion programs for sex workers. (pubmed.org)
Decriminalization removes power from traffickers.
Criminalization makes it harder for those who are trafficked to attain legal aid, get support from the government, and for victims to get out of trafficking. Why ask for help when you could get arrested or deported?