Sex worker activists

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  1. Nina Hartley

    Nina Hartley

    American porn star; sex educator

  2. Annie Sprinkle

    Annie Sprinkle

    American pornographic actor

  3. Thierry Schaffauser

    Thierry Schaffauser

    French trade unionist

  4. Valerie Scott

    Valerie Scott


    Bedford v. Canada was a legal challenge to Canada's prostitution laws filed in the Superior Court of Ontario in 2007. The applicants, Terri-Jean Bedford, Amy Lebovitch and Valerie Scott, argued that Canada's prostitution laws were unconstitutional. The Canadian Criminal Code includes a number of provisions outlawing public communication for the purposes of prostitution, operating a bawdy house or living off of the avails of prostitution. However prostitution itself is not illegal. The applicants argued that the laws deprive sex workers of their right to security by forcing them to work in secret.

  5. Susie Bright

    Susie Bright

    American, Columnist

  6. Carol Queen

    Carol Queen

    American pornographic actor

  7. Belle de Jour (writer)

    Belle de Jour (writer)

    British writer

  8. Norma Jean Almodovar

    Norma Jean Almodovar

    Sex worker activist

  9. Leslie Fish

    Leslie Fish

    American musician

  10. Tracy Quan

    Tracy Quan

    American writer

  11. Tara Teng

    Tara Teng


    Tara Teng (born August 16, 1988; Chinese name: Oi Kwan) is a Canadian model, human rights activist, blogger, public speaker and television presenter. She grew up on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast and holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Trinity Western University. Teng was named Miss BC World in 2010, Miss Canada in 2011, and Miss World Canada in 2012, despite withdrawing from the corresponding swimsuit competitions. She represented Canada at Miss World 2012 in Ordos City, China, and the Chinese government later added her name to its blacklist of keywords, which Teng believed was because she spoke about human rights issues and Jesus during the competition.

  12. Tabitha Fringe Chase

    Tabitha Fringe Chase

    American activist

  13. Selma James

    Selma James

    American feminist

  14. Sheila White (human trafficking victim)

    Sheila White (human trafficking victim)


    Sheila White (born 1988) is an African-American abolitionist and a former human trafficking victim from The Bronx, New York City.

  15. Jaclyn Miles

    Jaclyn Miles


    Jaclyn Miles (born 1988) is a woman from Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada. She is an alumnus of General Amherst High School. She spent four years at this high school and was sexually bullied there all four years. She is the founder of Break the Silence, an organization opposing human trafficking, sexual assault, domestic violence, and bullying. She was named Miss Canada in 2012. She replaced American comedian Stephen Colbert as Grand Marshal of the Santa Claus parade in Windsor, Ontario that year. Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Area chair Larry Horwitz referred to Miles as "better and much more attractive" than Colbert, who had been sought out for the parade because of his reference to Windsor as the "earth's rectum" in his book America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't. Miles is a human rights defender and, in May 2013, joined former Premier of Manitoba Howard Pawley in opposing a proposed trespass law in Windsor arguing that the proposed law "violates our rights as Canadian citizens." Miles was a host on TaggTV's reality-television-style Facebook videos about Guyana. She has attended Brescia University College, the University of Windsor, and the Western Faculty of Education.

  16. Natasha Falle

    Natasha Falle


    Natasha Falle (born 1973) is a professor at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was in prostitution from the ages of 15 to 27 and now opposes prostitution in Canada. Falle grew up in a middle-class home and, when her parents divorced, her new single-parent home became unsafe, and Falle ran away from home. At the age of 15, Falle became involved in the sex industry in Calgary, Alberta.

  17. Katarina MacLeod

    Katarina MacLeod


    Katarina MacLeod (born 1973) is a former sex worker who provides aid to victims of human trafficking, working with police and helping girls and women exit prostitution. She became a prostitute when she was 21 because she was a single parent who lacked education and needed to make money in order to support her children. She remained in the sex industry for 17 years. During this time, she lived in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. While she was in the sex industry, some of her fellow prostitutes were only 12 years old. MacLeod's name at birth was not Katarina; she chose the name once she had left the sex industry because she associated her old given name with the abuse and violence she experienced as a prostitute. In relation to Bedford v. Canada, in which brothels were legalized in Ontario, MacLeod said, "I feel that the majority of prostituted women who support legalization feel trapped by their choices, because it is easier to continue the lie rather than admit to yourself that something is wrong." In 2013, MacLeod joined Jaclyn Miles in speaking at The Freedom Tour, a conference about human trafficking. In May 2013, MacLeod spoke at a screening of Nefarious: Merchant of Souls in Peterborough hosted by Canadian Baptist Women of Ontario and Quebec.

  18. Audacia Ray

    Audacia Ray

    American writer

  19. Tuppy Owens

    Tuppy Owens

    British sex therapist and campaigner

  20. Wendy Babcock

    Wendy Babcock

    Sex Worker Activist

  21. Laura María Agustín

    Laura María Agustín


    Laura María Agustín is a sociologist who studies undocumented migration, informal labor markets, trafficking and the sex industry. She is critical of the conflation of the terms "human trafficking" with "prostitution", arguing that the Rescue industry often ascribes victim status to people (most often women) who have made conscious and rational decisions to migrate knowing they will be selling sex and who do not consider themselves to be victims. She states that such views on prostitution originate in what she calls "fundamentalist feminism". She advocates for a cultural study of commercial sex, a theoretical framework she created in the journal Sexualities in 2005.

  22. Timea Nagy (activist)

    Timea Nagy (activist)


    Timea Nagy (born 1977) is a Hungarian Canadian who was trafficked from liberty in Hungary to sexual slavery in Canada in 1998.

  23. Trisha Baptie

    Trisha Baptie

    Activist for Abolition of Prostitution

  24. Melissa Gira Grant

    Melissa Gira Grant

    American journalist

  25. Bridget Perrier

    Bridget Perrier


    Bridget Perrier (born 1977) is a former sex worker who cofounded Sex Trade 101 with Natasha Falle. She became a child prostitute at the age of 12 while she was staying at a group home and an older girl there persuaded her to become a runaway in order to sell sex to a pedophile named Charlie. She had a son, Tanner, who developed cancer as an infant and died at the age of five with the dying wish was that his mother get out of the sex industry. In 2000, she moved to Toronto from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. She is the stepmother of Angel, whose biological mother was Brenda Wolfe, one of Robert Pickton's murder victims. In 2009, Perrier accompanied Angel at Toronto's Native Women's Resource Centre for the Sisters in Spirit vigil in remembrance of Wolfe and the other more than 500 Canadian Aboriginal women who have been murdered or gone missing over the past 30 years. In 2010, Perrier picketed a courthouse in downtown Toronto in recognition of International Day of No Prostitution. She was joined by Trisha Baptie, Natasha Falle, Katarina MacLeod, and Christine Barkhouse, all former human trafficking victims and sex workers. In 2012, after being removed from a news conference relating to Bedford v. Canada, Perrier demonstrated a pimp stick to the media, saying that she had been battered with a pimp stick by her pimp every day that he prostituted her. Perrier opposed the legalization of brothels as proposed in Bedford v. Canada, saying, "Having a legal bawdy house is not going to make it any safer. You are still going to attract serial killers, rapists, perverts." Bridget shared her story in the ground breaking article by Dr. Vincent J. Felitti in Cancer InCytes magazine (Volume 2, Issue 1) about how childhood trauma is associated with chronic diseases during adulthood, and how child trafficking will eventually worsen the economic burden on civil governance.

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