The 11th Annual Human Trafficking, Prostitution, and Sex Work Conference, held Sept 18-19 in Toledo, Ohio, presented perspectives on sex work that were new to many campaigners working to end trafficking.
Billed as a venue “to bring together researchers, practitioners, and individuals with lived experience in an effort to lay the groundwork for future collaborative research, advocacy, and program development,” the conference lived up to its mission statement by hosting “Duke University Porn Star” Belle Knox, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas Ph.D. student Christina Parreira (yes, Mrs. Whiteacre), as well as a contingent from SWOP (Sex Worker Outreach Project).
And with the moral panic over trafficking in full force, inviting presenters who discussed their decision to have sex for money but who clearly do not want or need “saving” made for a lively conference experience.
Instead of their usual diet of horror stories that portray all sex workers as coerced trauma victims in need of “rescue”, this year’s attendees, which included a number of “rescue industry” profiteers, were treated to first-hand accounts from a host of sex workers who sought to debunk the most pervasive myths about sex work.
Conference presenters Christina Parreira and Belle Knox
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