(via For Victims, Volunteers, a Movement Towards Safer Sex Work - The Chicago Bureau)
So about that death rate… first of all, its a little unclear how the numbers for that murder rate are arrived at, since there is no option for putting “sex worker” on the census, as most sex work is not legally or culturally recognized as work. So the number itself is likely inaccurate.
But more importantly, sex work is almost twice as deadly as being a fisherman BECAUSE it is illegal and stigmatized, BECAUSE the work is largely unregulated and there is no safety standards. When sex workers try to get justice or “complain” about labor and safety practices, no one listens - instead we are further criminalized. This is structural violence - and structural violence kills us at least as often, perhaps even more often, than violent clients and partners.