Sex work positive
Sex workers, activists, researchers, and allies
Researcher and consultant in migration for sex work.
Interview re World Cup Prostitutes
Interview re Sex at the Margins with Suzi Weissman
One of the original members of COYOTE
Bodies, Our Minds (Documentary)
Norma Jean Almodovar
President and Founder of ISWFACE, author of
Cop to Call
Girl, worked as a prostitute after leaving the Los Angeles
Police Department where she was employed for ten years. When not
in prison, she has served as the (unpaid) Executive Director of
COYOTE LA/Southern California since 1983. She attended most of
the international and national conferences on prostitution, and
in 1995, she was a delegate to the United Nations Women's
Conference in Beijing. She co-organized, co-sponsored and
co-chaired the 1997 International Conference on Prostitution
with the Center for Sex Research at California State University,
ISWFACE on wikipedia
Post Transgender Escort, Sex Worker Rights activist, and
philosophy enthusiast, and was one of the original members of
Founder and Director of Durjoy Network, Bangladesh
Peer Advocate for
Skytrinia does outreach in exotic dance clubs where she talks
with women about organizing for their rights and improving
working conditions. She played a key role in coordinating the
community based research on policing practices in the Washington
DC area, along with the the National Sex Worker Leadership
Training. Skytrinia is a powerful voice in the national sex
worker rights movement. (source)
Barb Brents, PhD
Professor of Sociology, UNLV who studies sex work and
commercialization, Nevada brothels, and other sociological
interests in sex work.
Former sex slave, former sex worker, Jill is now an activist,
blogger, sexual assault counselor, and radio talk show host.
She's an incredible woman with an incredible story.
XXBN Blog Talk Radio
Author, activist, and escort. Amanda wrote
The Internet Escort's Handbook, a series of books about
internet escorting. She is a member of Desiree Alliance, SWOP
East, and a default member of SWOP Las Vegas.
Melissa Ditmore, PhD
Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work Research
Sex Workers Project
Dr. Ditmore's Bio
Sexuality and Human Rights Consultant
Blogger, sex worker, activist, and general gadfly.
On XBN Radio
Robyn reignited the sex workers rights movement when she was
arrested in 2002 under John Ashcroft, who used the Patriot Act
to equate terrorism with prostitution. Robyn used her anger at
this injustice to start SWOP-USA, modelled on the original SWOP in Australia.
She has since worked tirelessly to promote the decriminalization
Kate Frank, PhD
Kate Frank is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of
Wisconsin, Madison, and does research on exotic dancing. Frank
became an exotic dancer to write her PhD dissertation,
G-Strings and Sympathy, which was
based on her observations of regular customers in the dance
clubs at which she worked.
Michael Goodyear, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Dalhousie
Dr. Goodyear is interested in issues of women's health, is an
avid supporter of sex workers' rights, and participates in
Belinda Brooks-Gordon is reader in psychology and social policy
at Birkbeck, University of London
Playing Politics with Sex Workers
Kate Hausebeck, PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
and Academic Affairs
Associate Professor of Sociology
Has worked on brothel research for several years with
earned her doctorate in Biblical Literature in 2006 at the
Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She is a
lecturer at UC Berkeley in the Department of Interdisciplinary
Studies where she teaches social theory. Ipsen also serves as
vice-chair of the Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women.
Dr. Smarajit Jana
SHIP project in Calcutta, which became DMSC
Carol Jenkins (1946-2008)
"Carol worked tirelessly for the
health and human rights of marginalized people throughout the
world, using her research skills to collect data and document
the lives of people in order to improve their situations with
evidence of what would benefit them. She often asked,
'Where's the data?'"
Her publications include "Sex Work Projects" and "Empowering Sex
Ann Jordan is Director of the Program on Forced Labor and
Trafficking in the Center on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
at American University’s Washington College of Law.
Sex Trafficking and the Abolitionist Fallacy
Professor of Sociology
Interim Director, Graduate Programme in Social and Political
School of Women's Studies at York University, Toronto.
She specializes in transnational and Caribbean feminisms; sex
work and sexual-economic relations; the global trafficking of
persons; and intersections of race, gender and class. Kempadoo
is author or editor of Trafficking and Prostitution
Reconsidered: New Perspectives on Migration, Sex Work, and Human
Rights (Paradigm, 2005), Sexing the Caribbean: Gender,
Race and Sexual Labor (Routledge, 2004), Sun, Sex and
Gold: Tourism and Sex Work in the Caribbean (Rowman and
Littlefield, 1999), and Global Sex Workers: Rights,
Resistance and Redefinition (Routledge, 1998). Kempadoo has
a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Amsterdam, and a Ph.D.
from the University of Colorado.
Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence, EdD
has 25 years of experience in the field of human sexuality. He
has a doctorate of education in human sexuality. As a publicly
available expert he is a sex industry consultant, educator and
(academic) author. He lectures extensively about human sexuality
and health. Together Carol Queen
and Robert teach, write, and produce sex education events and
Carol Leigh, aka Scarlot Harlot
Activist, author, artist, unrepentant whore, all-around fabulous
Spokesperson for COYOTE, SF.
Original member of Coyote, sex worker, and activist.
Paulo Longo (1964- 2004)
Brazilian Sex Worker Rights Advocate
Network of Sex Work Projects
May he rest in peace.
Ann Lucas, AB, JD, PhD
Graduate Advisor & Associate
Professor, Justice Studies Dept., San Jose State University
Studies, University of California, Berkeley J.D., Boalt Hall
School of Law, University of California, Berkeley Ph.D.,
Jurisprudence & Social Policy, University of California,
Research interests: prostitution and sex work; gender, law &
crime; American drug policy; immigration and asylum law and
policy; victimless crime; sociology of law. Member, State Bar of
California (inactive); Law & Society Association.
Author, activist, lifetime whore.
Transgender activist, sex worker, and awesome woman!
Testimony on Omnibus Public Safety Act of 2005
One of the founders of the Australian and the Victorian
Prostitutes Collectives and the Australian federation of sex
worker organizations, The Scarlet Alliance. She is
currently the coordinator of the
Network of Sex Work Projects,
an advocacy and information sharing network. She is the author
of several articles on sex work and has recently coedited
'Making Sex Work Safe: A Practical Guide for Field workers,
Programme Managers and Policy Makers' (September 1997).
She was the international co-organizer of ICOP 1997.
Carol Queen, PhD
Author, editor, sociologist and sexologist active in the
sex-positive feminist movement. Staff sexologist for Good
for sex and Culture with her partner,
Dr. Robert Lawrence,
Cheryl Radeloff, PhD
Assistant Professor of Women's Studies, Minnesota State
Author, blogger, media maven, and former sex worker. She was an
editor for $pread Magazine for 5 years, and authored
on the Internet.
Live Girl Reviews
Grisélidis Réal (1929-2005)
"Involved in the
protest and occupation of the Chapelle Saint-Bernard in
Montparnasse in 1973, she became known as the "catin
révolutionnaire" ("revolutionary whore") when she helped to
found Aspasie, the first association to come to the aid of
ill-treated prostitutes. She also set up an International Centre
of Documentation about Prostitution in Geneva, a reference
source now much used by researchers and sociologists."
Teela Sanders, PhD
Lecturer in Sociology of Crime and Deviance, University of
Does extensive research on sex workers and clients.
Penelope Saunders, PhD
Founder and director,
Best Practices Policy Project
Founder, Different Avenues
Rep, Woodhull FReedom Foundation and Federation
Penelope Saunders is a representative of the Woodhull Freedom
Foundation & Federation, Best Practices Policy Project, a
national group working to build capacity in organizations
working with sex workers and advocating for policies that allow
these organizations to work in effective ways. Previously she
was a Rockefeller Research Fellow at the Program for the Study
of Sexuality, Gender, Health and Human Rights, Columbia School
of Public Health.
Fifteen Years after the World Charter for Prostitutes’ Rights
Founder and Secretary General of Sampada Grameen Mahila
Sanstha (SANGRAM), an HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and support
organization, Seshu works with socially marginalized populations
in Maharashtra State, India. In addition to educating the
general public about HIV/AIDS, SANGRAM targets sex workers and
other marginalized populations at risk of HIV/AIDS infection,
improving their health, building their capacity to negotiate for
safer sex and supporting them in asserting and defending their
Annie Sprinkle, PhD
Former prostitute, stripper, porn film star, cable
television host, porn magazine editor and current writer,
artist, educator, and sex film producer.
Lip Magazine Interview
Francis Shaver, PhD
Researcher at Concordia University in Canada
Margot St. James
Founder of COYOTE and first sex worker rights activist in the
St. James, Margo (1)
St. James, Margo (2)
Exotic Dancer and Burlesque star, activist, and all around
smart cookie. Jo "Boobs" teaches the art of burlesque in NYC.
Permanent member of the Womens’ Metropolitan
Outreach Team at
Outreach Project (SWOP), New South Wales, Australia, and
International Spokesperson for
Scarlet Alliance, Australia
Not sex work positive
Sex work prohibitionists