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qHookers Against Hardshipr
gyDescriptionzHookers Against Hardship is a grassroots campaign of sex worker-led organisations, aiming to raise awareness of the specific experiences of sex workers during, and because of, the cost of living crisis. The spiralling cost of living means that more people, especially women and mothers, will be pushed into sex work; and current sex workers will be facing worse financial hardship. Wefre working to try to alleviate sex workersf financial hardship in the current crisis; and to lobby our elected politicians to combat the poverty, criminalisation, and danger faced by sex workers.h

Miren, Frankie and Alison Rumfitt (Introduction by Morgan M Page), 2022, Morbid Obsessions, London: Cipher Press.
gyIntroductionzThe histories of the trans and sex worker rights movements are closely intertwined and, particularly in the UK, itfs rare to find a carceral feminist who isnft also a rabid transphobe. What does it mean to write as part of a community that is under attack? Where, in fiction, is the line between exploring harmful ideology and humanising it?h


Support Ho(s)e, 2022, Supporting Sex Workers & Survivors: Lessons for Defense Campaigns, Support Ho(s)e.@yPDFz
gyDescriptionzAn addendum and expansion on #SurvivedAndPunished: Survivor Defense as Abolitionist Praxis (2017)fs special considerations of some categories of criminalized survivors to organize alongside; namely: sex workers, survivors of violence and exploitation (sometimes called trafficking), people engaged in survival sex, and all those comrades in the sex trades facing violence from the carceral state.h
James, Selma, [1982] 2022, Hookers in the House of the Lord (40th Anniversary Edition), London: Crossroads Books.
gyDescriptionzAn account of the 1982 occupation of Holy Cross Church by the English Collective of Prostitutes to protest police Illegality and racism, with photos and press coverage from the time.h

sSupporting Sex Workers & Survivors: Lessons for Defense Campaignst(Virtual Toolkit Launch)
December 8, 2022
gMark your calendars! Join @supporthosechi + @survivepunish for a virtual toolkit launch of: "Supporting Sex Workers & Survivors: Lessons for Defense Campaigns" on Dec. 8th @ 6PM ET.hihttps://twitter.com/hackinghustling/status/1598107500699869186j
sHookers in the House of the Lord: The Reuniont
Date: October 21, 2022
Location: Holy Cross Church [London]
Organised and presented by the English Collective of Prostitutes / Holy Cross
gyDescriptionzThis autumn marks 40 years since the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) occupied the Church of the Holy Cross in the red-light area of Kingfs Cross, London, for 12 days to protest gpolice illegality and racismh against sex workers. The occupation took inspiration from sex workers who in 1975 occupied churches across France following a number of brutal murders, rapes and other violence which the police did nothing about while arresting and fining women instead.bTo mark this anniversary and as part of the Bloomsbury Festival, the Holy Cross Church has invited the ECP back to the Church to reflect on the significance of the occupation then and today with others who were there at the time \ local residents, the church and the police. The event, Hookers in the House of the Lord \ The Reunion, is modelled on the Radio 4 series.h


Snow, Olivia, 2022, "Sex Workers Have Been Banned from Airbnb for Years. Will You Be Next?", Nation, December 26, 2022, (https://www.thenation.com/article/society/airbnb-banning-sex-workers/).
gyCaptionzUsing surveillance technology, platforms have found new ways to continue targeting marginalized groups.h
Oppenheim, Maya, 2022, "Change Brothel Laws to Keep Sex Workers Safe, Top Police Officer Urges Government", Independent, December 22, 2022, (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sex-work-criminalisation-uk-laws-b2248212.html).
gyCaptionzExclusive: Campaigner says changing law ecould be the difference between life and death for womenfh
Oppenheim, Maya, 2022, "Trafficking Victims Not Referred for Support in 7 in 10 Sex Industry Police Raids", Independent, December 22, 2022, (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sex-work-trafficking-victims-raids-police-b2244505.html).
gyCaptionzExclusive: eAfter the raid, a lot of the women didnft want to return to the premises because they were so traumatised,f sex worker says as new information obtained under FOI laws emergesh
Ashley, Beth, 2022, "How the Cost of Living Crisis Is Affecting Sex Workers' Safety", Mashable, December 21, 2022, (https://mashable.com/article/sex-worker-safety-cost-of-living).
gyCaptionzMore people, especially women, will be pushed into sex work; and current sex workers will be facing worse financial hardship.h
Whittome, Nadia and Lydia Caradonna, 2022, "Do We Really Need More Proof That Sex Work Should Be Decriminalised?", Independent, December 18, 2022, (https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/sex-workers-cost-of-living-crisis-decriminalisation-b2247194.html).
gyCaptionzIn the cost of living crisis, women are not being pushed into prostitution by abusers, traffickers or pimps, but by the wilful neglect of the state. The time to act is nowh
Krasteva, Gergana, 2022, "London Sex Workers 'Frightened Police Will Abuse Increased Powers' Against Them", Metro News, December 11, 2022, (https://metro.co.uk/2022/12/11/london-sex-workers-frightened-police-will-abuse-increased-powers-against-them-17881921/).
gyExordiumzThe English Collective of Prostitutes has dubbed Newham Councilfs proposal for a Public Space Protection Order for Romford Road as a ecrackdownf on sex workers, adding it would only eunderminef their safety.bSuch orders are commonly used to stop anti-social behaviour like public drinking, and a breach is a criminal offence.bIt means that anyone caught buying or selling sex would face an on the spot £100 fine, and if taken to court could be charged up to £1,000.h
Gregory, Ruby, 2022, "Mum Who Became Sex Worker Fears Council Order Will Put Her in Danger", MyLondon, November 25, 2022, (https://www.mylondon.news/news/east-london-news/mum-who-became-sex-worker-25554406).
gyCaptionzNewham Council wants to hand out £1,000 fines to anyone caught buying services from sex workersh
Gallant, Chanelle and Elene Lam, 2022, "Why Sex Workers Are Suing the Canadian Government\Again", Chatelaine, November 16, 2022, (https://www.chatelaine.com/living/politics/sex-workers-pcepa-2022/).
gyCaptionzCurrent sex work laws in Canada make it impossible for sex workers to make a living without discrimination.h
Oppenheim, Maya, 2022, "Cost of Living Crisis Forcing More Women into Sex Work and Accepting Dangerous Clients", Independent, November 13, 2022, (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sex-work-cost-of-living-crisis-dangerous-clients-b2222507.html).
gyCaptionzExclusive: eIfm saying yes to people I would have ordinarily said no to. Ifm saying yes to acts I wouldnft normally,f sex worker saysh
Walton, Adele, 2022, "How Sex Workers Are Fighting the Cost of Living Crisis", Dazed, November 2, 2022, (https://www.dazeddigital.com/life-culture/article/57347/1/hookers-against-hardship-sex-worker-coalition-cost-of-living-crisis).
gyCaptionzHookers Against Hardship is calling on the government to protect sex workers as the cost of living crisis worsens \ we spoke to the organisers behind the campaignh
Haynes, Suyin, 2022, "'We Have Been Silenced': Meet the Sex Worker Coalition Fighting the Cost of Living Crisis", gal-dem, October 25, 2022, (https://gal-dem.com/hookers-against-hardship-sex-workers-cost-of-living/).
gyCaptionzNew sex worker-led campaign Hookers Against Hardship is calling for an end to stigmatisation and more government support in this crisis.h
Brown, Shashana, 2022, "Cost of Living Crisis Driving More Women into Sex Work to Make Ends Meet", Bristol Live, October 19, 2022, (https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/cost-of-living/cost-living-crisis-driving-more-7717093).
gyCaptionz"It's not only a financial problem, it's causing mental health issues from the constant worry about money, bills and feeding a family"h
Galton, Bridget, 2022, "Sex workers protest 40th anniversary Holy Cross Kings Cross", Ham & High, October 17, 2022, (https://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/23055446.sex-workers-protest-40th-anniversary-holy-cross-kings-cross/).
gyIntroductionzForty years ago, a group of sex workers and their children occupied a King's Cross Church in protest against Police harrassment.h
Glover, Ella, 2022, "How the Cost of Living Crisis Is Endangering Sex Workers", Huck, September 6, 2022, (https://www.huckmag.com/perspectives/how-the-cost-of-living-crisis-is-endangering-sex-workers/).
gyCaptionzDecrim nowh^gyIntroductionzFinancial turmoil is pushing people who work in the sex industry into more dangerous and desperate situations as a means of survival, reports Ella Glover.h
Crosby Medlicott, Lauren, 2022, "Stop Punishing Sex Worker Mums by Taking Kids Away, Demand Activists", openDemocracy, July 25, 2022, (https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/5050/sex-work-social-services-mothers-children/).
gyCaptionzCall to decriminalise sex work and support women in need rather than labelling them eunfitf because of their workh^yExordiumzEvery Wednesday, picketers meet outside the Central Family Court in London to protest against the unjust separation of mothers and other primary carers from their children.bAmong those who faithfully show up each week are the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP), who demand an end to a perceived labelling of sex-working mothers as being eunfitf to parent because of their work.

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