Statement of Solidarity with #JusticeforJasmine and #JusticeforDora

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justiceDora Özer, a trans sex worker from Turkey, and Petite Jasmine–a sex worker and activist from Rose Alliance in Sweden were murdered on the 9th and 11 of July 2013 respectively. Read more about the International Day of Protest on happening on the 19th of July to protest the stigma, discrimination and violence against sex workers here: http://jasmineanddora.wordpress.com/

The following is Project X’s statement:

We stand in sombre solidarity with Petite Jasmine and Özer Dora’s friends, family, lovers, and colleagues.

The tragedy that happened to Jasmine and Dora should never have occurred. These brutal acts are manifestations of hate, and are the result of state-sanctioned discrimination against sex workers. Jasmine was a victim of Sweden’s social services and Dora was a victim of Turkey’s lack of rights for trans people and sex workers.

Unfortunately, such circumstances are not unique to Sweden or Turkey. Sex workers around the world still face constant stigma, discrimination, and different  forms of violence simply because of their occupation. What happened to Jasmine and Dora can happen to any other sex worker—and may very well be happening now without our knowledge. Governments around the world should ensure that the rights of sex workers are protected; International Organizations should stop sitting on the fence with regards to sex work and sex workers, and start taking a proactive approach to protect lives and human dignity. Sex work is work; and sex workers’ rights are human rights.

We call upon Sweden and Turkey to uphold the rule of law, and to ensure that everyone is equal under the law regardless of their occupation, their gender identity and sex orientation, and other identity markers. Furthermore, States need to realise that sex workers are vulnerable to such hate crimes if more is not done to counter the institutionalised stigma and discrimination against sex workers.

#JusticeForJasmine #JusticeForDora

 

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Vanessa Ho

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Vanessa has been full-time with Project X since 2011, and as a result, has had many opportunities to meet and connect with sex workers in Singapore and around the world. Under her leadership, the organisation has grown from a small group of volunteers to one where there are three paid staff and a team of over 60 volunteers. Correspondingly, she has increased the annual operating budget of the organization five times, and is now recognized as the leading organization that empowers and assists women in the sex industry.

Vanessa has written and spoken extensively about sex work, human trafficking, rape culture, and LGBTQ rights in Singapore. She believes that if people can speak about sex, gender and sexuality in open and in non-judgmental ways, society will become a safer place for everyone.

Vanessa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Warwick, and a Masters Degree in Gender, Society and Representation from University College London.