December 17, 2015
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers – 17th Dec
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers was first recognized in 2003 as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle Washington.
The Green River Killer strangled & murdered numerous women and girls in Washington State during the 1980s and 1990s. He was charged with murdering 48 women but later confessed to twice that amount. Most of his victims were sex workers or other vulnerable women. He said he he targeted sex workers because they were “easy to pick up“.
Since 2003, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers has empowered women around the world to come together against discrimination and remember victims of violence.
It is a frightening fact that 152 sex workers have been murdered since 1990 in the UK.
MASH marked IDEVASW by setting up a reflection room at the Drop-In Centre for the women and to remember women we have lost to violence. We will also have a meal, opportunity to write poetry and be giving out safety equipment and advice.
The Drop-In is open during the usual hours of 12:30pm – 3:30pm for any women sex workers or women who are at risk of sex working.