Amnesty International Group 49 has published false stats on trafficking in this article. Using the term ‘Johns’ is stigmatizing and disrespectful and it promotes violence against sex workers.

All the evidence shows trafficking and exploitation and violence in New Zealand has gone down under decriminalization. Group 49 haven’t even consulted Rhode Island Sex Workers. #nothingaboutuswithoutus

Decriminalising sex work in New Zealand: its history and impact

We also know rape and STD were reduced under decriminalization in Rhode Island

We also know that the only sex trafficking victims RI has ever had is a dozen or so runaway teens that they dump back into Rhode Islands 320 unlicensed foster homes.

I guess Group 49 didn’t hear about when CoyoteRI confronted Detective Commander Michael E. Correia about police officers who prey on minors and sex workers under threat of arrest. CoyoteRI told Detective Commander Michael E. Correia that RI sex workers couldn’t report violence due to criminalization. CoyoteRI gave Detective Correia our card but the radio went dead. Through the grapevine we heard that Detective Correia said “he could work with CoyoteRI because they were criminals” 

RI sex workers weren’t criminals until the state criminalized them in 2009. Criminalization has caused more violence and exploitation in RI and we have the data to prove it. Rhode Island sex workers are coming for their rights.

The RI chapter of Coyote (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) is outraged that RI Amnesty International Group 49,  has not bothered to consult with Rhode Island Sex Workers and yet you are making recommendations on issues that effects the safety and protection of RI sex workers.

Over the past 2 years, CoyoteRI has conducted action research , through collaboration with Brown University, on 62 Rhode Island Sex Workers.

We invite RI Amnesty International to come out to support us on Dec 17th 2016 for “International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers.
This is a free event, open to the public.
Saturday December 17th 2016
669 Elmwood Ave Suite B7 Providence, RI 02907

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