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Sex Workers to March for Rights in Quarter

One does not need to need a sociology degree to know that the sex industry plays a large role in New Orleans. A simple stroll down Bourbon Street will suffice. The Sex Workers Outreach Program, New Orleans (SWOP-NOLA) will stage a march on December 17 to raise awareness about the hazards faced by those in the business.


In a release organizers explain, “In the spirit of remembrance and healing, SWOP joins sex workers, allies and advocates from around the world in recognizing December 17, the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. As we approach this day, we seek to come together to remember those who we have lost this year, and renew our commitment in the on-going struggle for empowerment, visibility, and rights for all sex workers.”


The march will begin at 4:00p.m. at the intersection of Bourbon Street and Canal Street and parade through the Quarter to Frenchmen Street. NOLA’s traditional costuming is not involved in the march, but participants are encouraged to wear red. Planners note, “Though the reason for our event is sober and serious, you don’t have to be.”


SWOP is a national organization. They explain that sex workers fall victim to prejudice, violence and even death. SWOP says, “The majority of violence against sex workers is not just violence against sex works—it’s also violence against trans women, against women of color, against drug users, against immigrants. We cannot end the marginalization and victimization of all sex workers without also fighting transphobia, racism, stigma and criminalization of drug use, and xenophobia.”

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