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@airbnb uses AI to detect whether a user is a sex worker, mentally ill, or otherwise "un-desirable".

Based on this algorithm, #airbnb bans these folks, even if they were *not* looking to use the property for e.g., #sexwork.
Multiple sex workers we interviewed in Europe (Germany/Switzerland) reported this problem extensively, even though sex work is not illegal behavior.

This is a classic case, as many workers discussed, of Americanized-tech damagingly applying our "ethics" to the rest of the world
Our interview data further confirms the prevalence of this practice internationally, which denies legal sex workers, among other groups determined undesirable by AI, from participating in a large and fast growing part of the gig economy, when they are gig workers themselves!
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I just need to say - every 2 weeks is a reminder that Twitter/private companies are arms of policing. I write about #sexwork policy for an advertising site - I think it's important to organize/inform about work WHERE PEOPLE WORK. Same as any other kind of #labororganizing... (1/
Bc it's the sex industry, every two weeks they post the article, tag me & Twitter ALWAYS deletes the notification. When I tag the company, that tweet gets flagged. It's literally informing ppl on laws affecting their #health & #safety but because it's sex work, it's blocked (2/
The conversation isn't just about what gets sent to the cops/police - companies like Twitter/FB have become important tools of organizing, we have relied on them just like other utilities, and many people have largely forgotten that they are private entities who are bound by (3/
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Jan is #HumanTrafficking awareness month. I am a violence prevention professional, have been a crisis advocate for decades, am a sexual health educator, & also happen to be a former sex worker. Some of my SW was consensual, some out of circumstance, some coerced/trafficked.
I don’t publicly “share my story,” as I find that whole concept to be othering, exploitative, sensationalizing, & inherently/recklessly keeping people stuck in their trauma. I do provide professional feedback & guidance that blends my professional expertise & lived experience.
So I don’t share details of my experience in a linear narrative publicly for other people’s education, edification, or mobilization, bc I think that’s a gross thing to ask a survivor of exploitation to do. I do sometimes weave bits of my experience into my public work as relevant
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#SexWorkers remind us sex work is about work. Like all workers they #deserve #rights and #protection against violence at workplace, stigma and discrimination in society.

#EndGBV #accesstoredress #16days #AwarenessToAccountability #dignityatwork…
Current criminalisation (in majority of African countries) of sex work means #sexworkers are on the front-line of #GBV in that the perpetrator knows they are unlikely to report it, and that they are vulnerable and unprotected.

#EndGBV #accesstoredress #16days #dignityatwork
In the context of #MeToo: sex workers face judgement, stigma, blatant systematic discrimination. In media, they’re punished 4 their nonconforming sexuality by being criminalized/slut-shamed.

#EndGBV #accesstoredress #16days #dignityatwork #sexworkiswork…
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Good morning! Will be tweeting as long as I can last at the #DecrimDC hearing! It’s gonna be a long day and if you want to join in spirit & watch the livestream, link here! #sexwork #rightsnotrescue #housingnothandcuffs
No matter what happens, today is HISTORIC and the work of @DecrimNowDC made this happen. @HIPSDC @NJNP_DC @SafeSpacesDC and many other groups are immeasurable. It’s truly a win. This moment is a win.
@councilofdc opens w @charlesallen setting an ask for respect and the necessity of this debate. @JackEvansWard2 gives some history on the issue in DC & approaches to prostitution - all rely on policing, inc “creative solutions” which were considered unconstitutionally harsh
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I saw the movie #Hustlers for a third time.

My thoughts center the character Destiny, #fostercare #kinship and #sexwork

This is a thread
In the movie #Hustlers we see that Destiny was raised by her grandmother who was on a fixed income and not in the best health.

#fostercare #kinship #sexwork
Destiny became an adult and worked as a #stripper a legal form of #sexwork

I really identified with her character as our stories and experiences of aging out mirrored eachothers.

#fostercare #kinship #sexwork #socialwork
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Recently, I've been seeing people saying that Nevada is the state w the highest rates of trafficking (5.6/100K) & wanted to figure out where that came from. Surprise! The stat is absolutely bullshit - here's why it (and the @Polaris_Project stat behind it) is trash.
@Polaris_Project So the number comes from the work of this rando Boston law firm that decided to run some basic stats from the Polaris report, put out a "report" & grift as knowing anything about #trafficking, while spouting anti-#sexwork rhetoric (2/)…
@Polaris_Project But the numbers they're replicating (along with some god awful imagery), are from the @Polaris_Project hotline - which gets a multi-year congressional budget line higher than the budgets of most service providers who... ya know... provide services. (3/)…
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Today, I will try my hand at live tweeting insights from "A #Home of One's Own", a two-day #researchworkshop on socially & economically #marginalised women's experiences of and negotiations with #genderinequalities in #informalurbanhousing in India.
This workshop has been organised by #JadavpurUniversity (School of Women's Studies), #RabindraBharathiUniversity (Centre for Women's Studies) and #Parichiti, a women's organisation. All three are research partners on a #GCRF project funded by @GoldsmithsUoL.
Since Oct 2018, I have collaborated with Dr. Henrike Donner, who is leading it, to develop #researchcollaborations with #educational and #development organisations in India to implement a pilot study on #genderurbanhousing. This workshop marks the end of the first phase.
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@Joshua4Congress Then, maybe borrowing from "Women's houses" in Rojava working out intersectional #feminist issues as reformative justice. Not mass incarceration but local policing and real discussion.

Jailing those that threaten violence as political terrorism.
@Joshua4Congress Legalizing freedom and protecting the people first. #Reparations #SexWork #EndingProhibition
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Guess who just called #HB851/#SB540 section a REGISTRY in the Statewide Human Trafficking Council Meeting AND that it's a "deterrent"? @RepFitzenhagen!

She also called it REGISTRY in her description when the bill was at the very last minute brought back to House.
.@RepFitzenhagen talking about how the #humantrafficking education in schools about "people who might prey upon them" didn't make it.

(Yet it would've deleted how to take care of yourself, each other, relationships)

She wants to create bar/restaurant training in the future.
Uber is presenting as a strategic partner about hyping up Super Bowl trafficking hysteria, which is required in the bill.
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If your feminism doesn’t include supporting sex worker rights, than you aren’t a real feminist. Here are 10 reasons why decriminalizing sex work is a real feminist issue.…
Prostitution is absolutely just another job, as is stripping, pro-domming, cam modeling, and porn performing. These jobs should absolutely be decriminalized and de-stigmatized. #sexwork #sexworkiswork #sexworkersvote
Many intelligent, well-informed self-described feminists believe sex work should never be decriminalized. In fact, the decriminalization of sex work is perhaps the single most divisive subject within feminism today. #sexwork #SexWorkIsWork #sexworkersvote
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“We’re 5 whores at @Yale -It feels really good! We are used to being excluded from institutions & places of power & being invisible. We think of #sexwork as being totally separate from these kind of spaces & we walk among you every day and everywhere.” #RebLaw25 -@MissLoreleiLee
"We have to convince legislators that we chose this work in a way that no other workers have to." - @MissLoreleiLee #RebLaw25 #sexwork
"I've worked retail, too. I much prefer stripping." -@thotscholar #RebLaw25 #sexwork
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Sex work - Doing it to survive - Part 1 of 8

What is survival sex work and why does the definition matter?

Please retweet to support #sexwork!
Sex work - Doing it to survive - Part 2 of 8

What survival sex work *isn't*

Please retweet to support #sexwork!
Sex work - Doing it to survive - Part 3 of 8

Why survival sex work matters - why society needs it.

Please retweet to support #sexwork!
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Claiming #sexworrkers R “decriminalized” under Nordic regime is 100% bold faced lie. Canada’s #sexwork laws make exchange of sexual services for money illegal 4 the 1st time in Canada. @Puglaas @AHousefather @theJagmeetSingh @R_Boissonnault @MurrayRankin #cdnpoli #RepealPCEPA
When #sexwork is understood as criminal, #sexworkers suffer. Arrest plays a role in this, but being part of criminal activity — and all of the surveillance, isolation, stigma, discrimination, and targeted violence that comes with this — its what is also dangerous. #RepealPCEPA
Since the implementation of #PCEPA some #sexworkers have been arrested and prosecuted for material benefits because of their participation in third party activities #RepealPCEPA
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I actually sat with the CEO of @BasisSexWork whilst this journalist @charleshymas interviewed her for this article. Not only has he not mentioned Basis once, but he has deliberately excluded all the positive facts she gave him about the work they do. So I’ll help you out, Charles
We’ll start here, because it’s kind of embarrassingly obvious Charles. In your article, you blame an increase of STD rates in Leeds entirely on the managed zone. The sex workers of Leeds are not responsible for this. In Leeds, people also have sex with non sex workers (weird!)
Since the managed approach has been brought in, reports of violent crime from sex workers to the police has TRIPLED. I wonder why that stat didn’t make it into your article?
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If I thought #sexwork decriminalization was good for sex workers and bad for everybody else, I wouldn't advocate for it. Sex work decrim is good for 1) trafficking victims, who are more likely to be found and identified, as well as less likely to be stigmatized and incarcerated
2) Police officers, who are less likely to be tempted to abuse their power over other people, and can focus more on their original mission: work that actually protects others
3) People with disabilities, who benefit from increased access to companionship and erotic labor
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1. In times when ad venues are drying up, networking is paramount. Pool your resources among a trusted group of friends. #wednesdaywisdom
2. Its tempting to hoard, but being an island can prevent new opportunities. Don't just fake flirt on twitter; invite someone to lunch.
3. Before any1 says, "but there's so much drama," If you see it coming, don't ignore the signs. Quietly bow out. Ur not obligated to anyone.
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