Pornhub’s New Owner Claims to Be All About Listening to SWers
Pornhub’s new owner vows to listen to sex workers and improve site’s practices, including content control and screening.
Bella Robinson: An Absolute Powerhouse
Bella Robinson fights for sex workers’ rights in new interview.
Advocates in Vermont Make A Push for the State to Decriminalize SW!
Advocates in Vermont push for decriminalization of sex work, aiming to give sex workers more agency and protection.
Sex Work Has Been Decriminalized in New Zealand for 20 years
Sex work has been decriminalized in New Zealand for 20 years, and things have been going really well there since then. Wow, can’t believe lived experience from SWers that supports the push for decriminalization has turned out to be true!
Activists Push for a Decriminalization Bill in New York
That’s why SWers and advocates are pushing for a decriminalization bill in New York to fully stop police from arresting and harassing SWers.
Happy International Sex Worker Rights Day!
Thanks to the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, March 3rd has been deemed International Sex Worker Rights Day.
Stripper Web, RIP
Stripper Web no longer exists and it feels like the end of an era for sex workers. The loss of safe and supportive spaces for sex workers has damaging effects.
Online Sex Worker Denied Entry into the US Because of Her Occupation
Online sex worker denied entry into the US because of their occupation, despite never meeting clients in person.
Anti-Human Trafficking Sting Leads to Arrests
Anti-human trafficking sting in San Diego and National City resulted in 48 arrests, according to NBC San Diego. While the intention of the sting was to catch those involved in human trafficking, some SWers were also caught up in the operation.
Supervisor Hillary Ronen Introduces Legislation To Legalize Sex Work
Supervisor Hillary Ronen has formally asked State Delegation to introduce a bill that would either decriminalize or legalize sex work.
“Crimes Against Nature by Solicitation” or CANS Law
Louisiana is home to a bizarre law called CANS that criminalizes oral and anal sex, but not vaginal sex. This homophobic and transphobic law is known as “Crimes Against Nature by Solicitation”.
Talks of a Red Light District in San Francisco
Red light district proposed in San Francisco, but decriminalization is the best solution. Advocates call for resources for vulnerable people.
The Economic Downturn on Sex Workers
Sex workers are feeling the financial pain of an economic downturn, and it’s affecting all areas of the industry. From high-end escorts to street-based sex workers, many are reporting a decrease in demand and earnings.
Super Bowl Trafficking Myths Debunked
Super Bowl trafficking myths have been debunked thanks to researchers at the University of Texas, Austin and the University of Minnesota.
Senate Bill 357 Decriminalizes Loitering for Sex Work
Senate Bill 357 decriminalizes loitering for sex work. Kaytlin Bailey, advocates for ending arrests to reduce exploitation and violence in the industry. Check out her op-ed appearing in 11 syndicated newspapers throughout CA.
Spain Debates Dangerous Sex Work Law
Spain debates a dangerous sex work law, and advocates hope it will be rejected by lawmakers. The proposed sex work law has sparked outrage and concern among human rights advocates.
Decriminalizing Sex Work in South Africa
South Africa is making strides in decriminalizing sex work, which is a huge win for sex worker rights and safety. The country’s parliament is set to review and potentially repeal legislation that criminalizes consensual adult sex work.
Sex Work is Decriminalized in Some Parts of Australia
Sex work is decriminalized in some parts of Australia, which has led to a decrease in trafficking statistics there, but there’s still room for improvement.
Jury Rejects Woman’s Claims
A jury rejects woman’s claims against four police officers in Virginia who protected an abusive prostitution trafficking ring. People love to lift up the trafficking narrative until it’s cops who are being accused of the trafficking.
Why Does January 25th Matter?
On January 25, 1917, over 300 sex workers in San Francisco marched to protest the imminent closure of their brothels. This was the first sex worker led protest in the United States.
The Fight Against FOSTA Continues
The fight against FOSTA continues as our friends at Woodhull Freedom Foundation went to the Court of Appeals this week.
Sex Workers In Thailand Don’t Want to be Criminalized
Sex workers in Thailand, and their advocates, are working on a bill that would legalize sex work, but it is likely to receive a lot of pushback from the conservative government.
Black Sex Worker Roundtable
On this special episode, human rights activist Lakeesha Harris gathers a legendary roundtable of leaders in the Black Sex Worker movement.
SAFE SEX Workers Study Act with Zola & Mariah of Sex Workers Project
This week on Old Pro News, we have an interview with Zola Z. Bruce and Mariah Grant from the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center in NYC.
Interview with HIPS DC Advocacy Manager, Tamika Spellman
Old Pro News writer and host, Lakeesha Harris, welcomes Tamika Spellman, the Advocacy Manager of the harm reduction organization HIPS DC.
Chippendales Are Lobbying Up
This year, for the first time ever, Chippendales is making it their goal to lobby for a pandemic-era program for the live event industry.
Update on North Hollywood Strippers Strike
Quick update on the North Hollywood Strippers Strike, which as of today is entering its seventh consecutive week.
“Report John” Platform in Vallejo, California
A program called Report John has been launched by the Police Department of Vallejo, California. More policing is never the solution.
Ugly Mugs Netherlands – Protects Sex Workers from Dangerous Clients
Ugly Mugs Netherlands provides a free-platform for sex workers to anonymously warn each other about dangerous and aggressive customers.
City of New Westminster Aims to Keep Sex Workers Safe
Following a motion approved by the city council in June 2021, the City of New Westminster is developing a work plan related to sex worker safety.
Taxation Without Representation
Lakeesha Harris fills us in on sex work related legislation in Louisiana and Ohio, and why she feels like the government just doesn’t want us to survive!
Taxation Without Representation – with Tamika Spellman
Two online reporting programs, a new sex worker safety plan in Canada, Chippendales lobbying for a pandemic-era program, and special guest Tamika Spellman.
The Impact of Criminalizing Undocumented Sex Workers
Geo, an activist from Sex Workers Against Criminalization New Orleans, shares her story of being an undocumented sex worker in the United States.
FOSTA-SESTA Upheld After First Amendment Free Speech Challenge
April 11, 2022 marks four years since the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” became federal law.
Dr. Olivia Snow DoorDash Discrimination
Dr. Olivia Snow claims DoorDash recently banned her due to a detection of unspecified “abnormal behavior” from her account.
Strippers Strike Noho Protest Update
These strippers are protesting for safer work conditions in North Hollywood. Instagram “Mistakenly Removed” the stripper strike Noho account.
Two Proposed Rhode Island Decriminalization Bills
In early April 2022, proposed Rhode Island decriminalization was explored in hearings for two bills.
We Are All Worthy – with Alexandra Hunt
Decriminalization in Belgium, a stripper strike in North Hollywood, and special guest Alexandra Hunt, whose background as a stripper is a proud part of her campaign.
Belgium Decriminalizes Prostitution
Belgium is the first country in Europe to decriminalize selling and paying for sex.
OnlyFans Could Ban Porn Again in Push for an IPO
To prepare for the OnlyFans IPO push, the company might decide to ban pornography and other adult content again.
Paradise Marketing, Lube & Condom Company, Denied Insurance
Paradise Marketing, which has sold condoms, lube, and other pleasure products since 1978, had its workers’ compensation policy canceled out of nowhere.
Congressional Candidate Alexandra Hunt
Old Pro News writer and host, Lakeesha Harris, welcomes Alexandra Hunt, a Congressional candidate for Pennsylvania’s 3rd district.
North Hollywood Stripper Strike
Current and former employees of Star Garden staged a walkout to protest an unsafe work environment in the North Hollywood stripper strike.
Safe Reporting Assaults Suffered By Sex Workers Introduced in Colorado
Colorado lawmakers unanimously approved legislation that allows sex workers to report violent crime without fear of being arrested.
St. James Infirmary Opens Shelter with Our Trans Home SF
Sex worker health organization St. James Infirmary opens San Francisco’s first shelter dedicated to trans and gender non-conforming communities.
A Song of Freedom – with Yeonhoo Cho and Esther Kao
This week on Old Pro News, transgender housing justice, Safe Reporting in Colorado, the dictionary, and Yeonhoo Cho & Esther Kao from Red Canary Song.
Sex Worker Definition on Dictionary.com
In January 2022, Dictionary dot com added the term “sex worker” to their website after a widespread growth in awareness of the term.
Protect Trans Youth from Anti Trans Laws
A wave of anti-trans laws is a disturbing new trend across the USA. We must support trans youth against these heinous laws and the bigotry that enables them.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Sex Work Segment
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’s segment on global sex work politics got so much right, even featuring the Deep South Decrim movement.
Sex Worker Safety Legislation in Vermont, Oregon, and U.S. Congress
Sex worker safety legislation developments in Vermont, Oregon, and U.S. Congress, Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden, Ro Khanna, and Barbara Lee.
8Lives Vigil & Massage License Decriminalization Act
8Lives Vigil for Atlanta spa shootings, produced in part by Red Canary Song, and Massage License Decriminalization Act introduced in NY.
Breaking Down the EARN It Act with Daly Barnett
Daly Barnett and Lakeesha Harris discuss the return of the EARN IT (Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies) Act.
Decriminalised Futures at Institute of Contemporary Art in London
Decriminalised Futures at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London explores the history of sex workers lives and movement struggles.
Alexandra Hunt is a Former Stripper who is Running for Congress
Let’s get hyped about Congressional candidate Alexandra Hunt’s campaign to represent Pennsylvania’s 3rd district!
Updates on the Backpage Trial
The founders of the website Backpage, Michael Lacey and James Larkin, returned to federal trial on February 22, 2022.
Victoria, Australia Parliament Passed the Sex Work Decriminalisation Bill 2021
Thanks to Vixen Collective and Scarlet Alliance, Victoria, Australia is the fourth jurisdiction in the world to decriminalize sex work.
Super Bowl 2022 Arrests
214 Super bowl 2022 arrests for allegedly selling sex which, to be crystal clear, is not the same as charging people with human trafficking.
EARN IT V. Sex Worker Safety
Apple Podcasts | SpotifyRecent Stories That Matter to the Movement This week, on Old Pro News, we’ll update you on a former stripper who is running for Congress, an exciting new exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, and positive news from Victoria,...
Super Bowl Trafficking Myths Debunked
Researchers have found that the evidence, “did not support a causal or correlative link between Super Bowls and sex trafficking.”
Dallas City Counsel Sets a 2am Closing Time
Dallas City Council has set a 2am closing time for sexually oriented businesses, including strip clubs, cabarets, and adult book stores.
New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg De-Prioritizes Prosecution of Some Forms of Sex Work
Alvin Bragg’s NY DA office will no longer prosecute Prostitution and Patronizing a Person for Prostitution.
Interview with Rep. Mandie Landry, Proposing the Decriminalization of Sex Work in Louisiana
Mandie Landry is the author of Louisiana House Bill 67, the first ever bill to propose statewide decriminalization in the United States.