Sex worker activists

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  1. Annie Sprinkle

    Annie Sprinkle

    American pornographic actor

  2. Audacia Ray

    Audacia Ray

    American, Writer

  3. Belle de Jour (writer)

    Belle de Jour (writer)

    British writer

  4. Bridget Perrier

    Bridget Perrier

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    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.

  5. Carol Leigh

    Carol Leigh


    Carol Leigh, aka The Scarlot Harlot, is an artist, author, film maker, and prostitutes' rights activist. She coined the term "Sex worker" in a conference in 1978. She currently chairs the Sex Worker Film and Arts festival and is the director of BAYSWAN, the Bay Area Sex Worker Advocacy Network. She lives in San Francisco.

  6. Carol Queen

    Carol Queen

    American pornographic actor

  7. Glendene Grant

    Glendene Grant

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    Sex worker activist

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Leslie Fish

    Leslie Fish

    American musician

  12. Margo St. James

    Margo St. James

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    American activist

  13. Melissa Gira Grant

    Melissa Gira Grant

    American journalist

  14. 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.

  15. Nina Boyle

    Nina Boyle


    Constance Antonina (Nina) Boyle (21 December 1865–4 March 1943), was a British journalist, campaigner for women’s suffrage and women’s rights, charity and welfare worker and novelist. She was one of the pioneers of the women's police service in Britain and in April 1918 she was the first woman to be nominated to stand for election to the House of Commons, paving the way for other female candidates at the general election later that year.

  16. Nina Hartley

    Nina Hartley

    American porn star; sex educator

  17. Norma Jean Almodovar

    Norma Jean Almodovar

    American, Writer

  18. Robyn Few

    Robyn Few


    Robyn Few was born on Oct 7, 1958, in Paducah, Kentucky, and died Sept 13, 2012, after a long struggle with cancer. She was an American sex worker rights activist who worked for the decriminalization of prostitution, against violence targeted at sex workers, and generally for the improvement of sex workers' working conditions. A former prostitute, she founded and directed the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA (SWOP-USA) and helped organize the annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

  19. Selma James

    Selma James

    American feminist

  20. 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.

  21. Susie Bright

    Susie Bright

    American, Columnist

  22. Tabitha Fringe Chase

    Tabitha Fringe Chase


    Tabitha Fringe Chase (a.k.a. Tabby Chase; born July 24, 1977) is one of the first US activists investigated by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force to come forward publicly alerting the media to the targeting of activists under the USA PATRIOT Act.

  23. Tania Fiolleau

    Tania Fiolleau

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    Tania Fiolleau (born 1971) is an activist against human trafficking, prostitution, and the sex industry. In 1996, she divorced her husband, who had been abusing her; he was convicted four times. He subsequently fought with her for the next five years for custody of their two sons. She applied for legal aid, but was rejected, and she began staying at a women's shelter with her children. In order to finance her fight to retain custody of her sons, Fiolleau responded to a vague classified advertisement. She thereby entered the sex industry, earning $1,700 on her first night. Fiolleau became a madam in charge of four brothels. Fiolleau was married into the Russian mafia. She eventually left the sex industry. She once had more than 500 prostitutes working under her. She later said, "I do apologize publicly for exploiting these women. I was exploited myself." Fiolleau is from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and wrote Souled Out, an autobiography and bestseller. A second edition of the book was published and an American film adaptation was planned. In 2011, she joined Tara Teng, who was Miss Canada at the time, for the Ignite the Road to Justice tour, which travelled to 10 Canadian cities raising awareness about human trafficking. Tania is currently a TV Talk show host on Joy TV Network which is a national TV talk show with a five million subcribership. Fiolleau is an international speaker and preacher. Fiolleau is the founder of Save The Women International Organization that rescues women and children out of human trafficking. Tania has been a martial artist since she was 14 years old acquiring black belts and becoming very skilled in Jui-jitsi, Russian Sambo, Pankration, Korean Kick-boxing & Thai-Kwon-Do.

  24. Tara Teng

    Tara Teng


    Tara Teng (born August 16, 1988; Chinese name: Oi Kwan) is a Canadian human rights defender, beauty pageant winner, professional public speaker, and television presenter . She grew up on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast and has 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.

  25. Thierry Schaffauser

    Thierry Schaffauser

    French trade unionist

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