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Sex Work and Human Trafficking: The Difference and Why It Matters

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Sex Work and Human Trafficking: The Difference and Why It Matters

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If this discussion interests you, here's a chance to hear able advocates from the side of sex workers. This is not a debate, but rather a discussion among those advocating a clear distinction between "sex worker" and trafficking victim. The largest divide across the abolitionist community almost certainly rests upon the question of prostitution or as some prefer to cast it, "sex work". Staunch abolitionists, such as the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (, consider prostitution the "oldest form of oppression". They deplore any selling of humans even if it is done by oneself. Others would like to legitimize and sanction "sex work" in the hope of offering those engaged in this activity greater safety, less stigma and better access to social services.
Sex Work and Human Trafficking:
The Difference and Why It Matters
February 7,[masked]:30 PM - 2: 00 PM
Location: Room 302, Fordham Law School, 140 W. 62nd St. New York, NY 10023
Contact: Rebecca Marlin | [masked]
As efforts to eradicate human trafficking have gained steam in recent years, one contested approach has been to target prostitution. What has been the result of this focus on sex workers, both in New York City and globally? Dangerous brothel raids, police abuse, lack of access to healthcare and legal resources, and constant stigmatization. And for survivors of trafficking? Resources that could be used to assist them are instead directed at creating laws and policies that only serve to further entrench abuses against sex workers.
Come hear our panelists discuss how advocates for survivors of trafficking and sex workers’ rights can work together to fight for the human rights of both populations.
Pizza and drinks will be served!
Fordham Law Professor Chi Mgbako
Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School.
Sienna Baskin, Esq., Co-Director, Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center
Sienna Baskin provides direct legal education, advice and representation to sex workers and survivors of trafficking.
Johannah Westmacott, Safe Horizon Streetwork Project
Johannah Westmacott is currently the Coordinator for Trafficked Minors at the Safe Horizon Streetwork Project and also works with Streetwise and Safe providing social service support to LGBTQ youth of color community organizers.
Sex Workers Outreach Project of New York City (SWOP-NYC)
SWOP-NYC is a grassroots organization and part of a national network dedicated to improving the lives of current and former sex workers/those with experience in the sex trade.
Mitchyll Mora, Streetwise and Safe
Mitchyll Mora is a youth leader for Streetwise and Safe. Streetwise and Safe is a project by and for youth of New York City, which stands for and with LGBTQQ and youth with experience trading sex for survival needs.
Sponsored by:
Law Students Against Trafficking
Advocates for Sexual Health and Rights
Leitner Center for International Law and Justice