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Sex Workers Outreach Project - USA (SWOP) Biography

Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“Operating in one of the most prominently violent societies today, sex workers in America experience this phenomenon pointedly in the context of their criminal status. Yet, sex workers are seldom afforded protection or recourse from violent acts committed against them because of the precarious, often graft-ridden relationship between sex work and law enforcement. Society tolerates violence against sex workers because of the stigma and myths that surround prostitution. Only until these falsehoods are corrected and sex workers are legitimized will we be able to effectively prevent and minimize the structural and occupational challenges of sex work.” (accessed Apr. 27, 2007)


“[A] multi-state network of sex workers and advocates, we address locally and nationally the violence that sex workers experience because of their criminal status.” (accessed Apr. 24, 2007)


“SWOP promotes proven and effective social policy approaches to the sex industry. In order to reach its goals, SWOP adopts the principles and practices of nonviolent action in order to reduce violence and achieve dignity and rights for sex workers.”

“About Us,” (accessed Apr. 24, 2007)

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  1. Would Legal Prostitution Better Protect Prostitutes from Violence?