COVID-19 Quarantine Continues

As quarantine has moved into month two, sex workers and clients are still stuck at home, and like most other industries, the sex industry continues to be taking a financial hit.

And the Impact is Global

All across the world, though, sex workers are also coming together to demand access to the social support and benefits alongside other workers. Sometimes understanding the global struggles and changes that are happening simultaneously can add some perspective to the importance of community for providers:

The Shift From Offline to Online Work is Very Apparent

Amidst the crisis, a lot of sex workers have been forced to change the medium of their work, trying to shift to working remotely alongside everyone else. While some have been able to sustain their work [Allure], others are finding that significant barriers exist to making a full living virtually [HuffPost], as well as finding a market flooded by those new to sex work [Rolling Stone] who are now looking to supplement lost income from straight jobs. Even some strip clubs have found ways of moving into a virtual market [VICE].

This crisis has also more people realize that sex may be a good thing as porn is taking the edge off [Fast Company] for many people stuck at home during the crisis.

In this article specific to India [Times of India], where there was a 33% uptick in porn streaming – compared to most countries' reports of only a 10% increase – there are fantastic graphics on the increases. There has even been a rise in Coronavirus-themed porn [Happy Mag], which really does prove that everything is someone's fetish.

Sex Workers are Still Coming Together

But even under these trying circumstances, sex workers have refused to stop organizing. Here are just a few of the incredible upcoming virtual events to keep everyone informed and connected:

Still fighting, still winning

Amidst everything going on, it is still important to champion and celebrate the victories – now maybe even more than before. After years of fighting, survivor of trafficking Alexis Martin has been granted clemency [Ohio Dispatch] and is set to be released (pending a negative test for COVID-19, of course).

Alexis' commutation has come as part of the wave of releases of incarcerated people [NPR], especially of those incarcerated on low-level charges, which have been happening in states across the US.

And while this movement is about workers, not managers, a brothel in Wells, Nevada was approved for one of the Small Business Association loans [Sierra Nevada Daily] meant to keep small businesses afloat while being closed.

And lastly, here's a list of every zoo and aquarium live-streaming animals right now.

LIVE with Owly the Burrowing Owl

No need to leave your burrow, we’re bringing the zoo to you with Owly the burrowing owl. Ask your questions in the comments.

Gepostet von San Diego Zoo am Donnerstag, 19. März 2020

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