Because a Sex Worker Can be Raped

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 12:46
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Here are the women who made it possible for sex workers in California to receive compensation if they're raped or beaten from the state's victim compensation fund:

Maxine Doogan of the Erotic Service Providers Union, from left, Rachel West of the US PROStitutes Collective and Kimberly Horiuchi, spokesperson for the ACLU.

California created the nation's first victim compensation program back in 1965 using monies from fines and restitution paid by criminals and federal matching funds to pay victim's medical bills, therapy etc. They explicitly barred sex workers from receiving benefits for the last 50 years.

So happy we're seeing states like California lead the way towards protecting sex workers. Rape is rape and the fact that you're a sex worker doesn't make you any less of a victim.

Victims can receive up to $62,000 in benefits although the average paid claim is $2,000. Last year, 28 claims were denied because the victim was a sex worker...but that's all behind us now.


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