Let’s Talk About Sex Work

High heels on 50 euro banknotes on red satin sheets

“Now ye shall know that the chosen priest & apostle of infinite space is the prince-priest the Beast; and in his woman called the Scarlet Woman is all power given. They shall gather my children into their fold: they shall bring the glory of the stars into the hearts of men.” AL, I:15

Sex work doesn’t always involve actual sex — it can include conversation, companionship, and other emotional support as much as it can include physical pleasure. Every man and every woman is a star, and sex workers are individual stars with families and concerns just like anyone else. “We all want safe communities, we all want safe children, we all want people to be safe from violence. We can agree on that level,” says sex worker Emma in an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune.

Laws put in place to prevent trafficking and other sexual abuse may be based in good intentions, but in the real world, they often serve to reinforce stigmas that endanger and dehumanize sex workers. A panel discussion sheds light on the sex industry and efforts to lobby lawmakers on policy concerns.

Utah sex workers talk about the personal, practical and political aspects of their jobs.


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