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International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Published on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 (2:51 p.m.)Las Vegas, NV: November 27, 2013 - In the spirit of remembrance and healing, the Las Vegas community is invited to join the Sex Workers Outreach Project-Las Vegas (SWOP-LV) on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 5pm to recognize the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This event was created to call attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers all over the globe. It will begin with a vigil at 5pm at The Erotic Heritage Museum, 3275 Industrial Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109, and will be followed by an educational speak-out and march on the Las Vegas Strip that will end back at the museum by 9pm.
Originally conceptualized by internationally renowned performance artist and former adult film star of 20 years, Annie Sprinkle and initiated by the Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle Washington, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers has empowered workers from cities around the world to come together and organize against discrimination and remember victims of violence.
During the week of December 17th, sex workers, their families, and allies come together to raise awareness, 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. We encourage any supportive organizations or community members to join us in remembrance, march with us, and carry your signs and banners on Saturday, December 14, 2013 starting at the Erotic Heritage Museum at 5pm. Light refreshments will be provided.
The Sex Workers Outreach Project-Las Vegas is the Vegas chapter of Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA, a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on ending violence and stigma through education and advocacy. SWOP-LV focuses on improving the lives of current and former sex workers by promoting safety, dignity, and diversity in sex work and fostering an environment that affirms individual choices, occupational rights, and self-esteem.
For more information and to learn more about the Sex Workers Outreach Project-Las Vegas, please visit www.swoplasvegas.com. You can also visit www.facebook.com/swoplasvegas or follow SWOP-LV on Twitter @SWOP_LasVegas.