This is the text of a mail we shall be sending to TORL about their whorephobic “prostitution ad”. There are many issues with it, but of greatest immediate concern is the suggestion that assaults and rapes of sex workers are not crimes. If you would like to add your name* to the letter before we send it, please do so via the comments. *working names are fine.
We the undersigned wish to express our extreme opposition to the parody advert produced by your organisation. Of particular concern are the statements “NOTE: Accusations of rape will be treated as a breach of contract by employee” and “NO RESPONSIBILITY OR LEGAL REDRESS FOR THE FOLLOWING ON THE JOB HAZARDS:” For a charity to be suggesting that the abuse of sex workers is not illegal, or that sex workers are not able to be raped is simply unacceptable.
Furthermore as discussed by Balfour and Allen (2014)  criminalization and stigma directly contribute to the abuse of sex workers, perpetrators target sex workers because they believe the very things listed in this ad, that the crime will not be investigated or treated with seriousness. As the Green River Killer said “”because I thought I could kill as many as I wanted without getting caught.” . Your advert perpetuates the idea that anyone can attack, rape, or even murder sex workers without criminal sanctions.
The rape of a sex worker is still a rape, the murder of a sex worker is still a murder. It is unacceptable for your organisation to suggest anything else. We believe this ad must be withdrawn , a full apology issued, and an explanation of why you think it is acceptable to suggest crimes against sex workers are nothing more than “on the job hazards”.
The Everyday Whorephobia Project
National Ugly Mugs
Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association
Swop USA (Sex Workers Outreach Project Board of Directors)
Philippines Sex worker Collective
After Bedford (Canada)
Laura Lee (sex worker)
Shelly Stoops, first Specialist Independent Sexual Violence Advisor for Sex Workers in the UK
Susuana Antubam NUS Womens Officer
Sarah Noble Co-ordinator, Leeds University Union Feminist Society.LGBT+ Liberal Democrats executive member-elect
Thundercat (sex worker)
Lucy Smith, UglyMugs.ie
Mary Quitecontrary (sex worker)
Nicole Nepton (Québec).
Dr. Mary Laing, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Northumbria University.
Dr. Alan Sussman
Feminist Whore (sex worker)
Kitten Canoodle (sex worker)
Jude Orlando Enjolras
Open Doors NHS sexual health clinic for those working in the sex industries.
Morgan M Page
Sexuality Sanctuary (sex worker)
Dr Marie Bismark FAFPHM
Wrenna (sex worker)
Rev. Cindy Bourgeois
zexysoftsub (sex worker)
Jason Congdon, Vancouver BC
Stephanie (sex worker)
Fanny Price (sex worker)
Gabrielle (sex worker)
Alan Hooker (sex worker)
Dr E. Cooper
Wicked Julia (sex worker)
Merry Miss Lissie (sex worker)
Victoria Preston (sex worker)
Lori Adorable (sex worker)
Robin Ardeur (sex worker)
Emma Evans (sex worker)
Molli Desi Devadasi (migrant sex worker)
Annie Calhoun, (sex worker)
Project Safe (Philadelphia)
Ishfery (sex worker)