Thunder Bay Sex Workers COVID-19 Relief Fund

Sex workers are our community members and it is a community effort to make sure everyone has what they need to survive in these trying times. Please read and donate if you can! These are tough times for everyone but anything helps. If you are unable to donate at this time please share widely if you are able and feel comfortable to do so.

This is a sex worker led initiative. It was created in response to sex workers expressing interest in creating a fund to help support each other in times where work is more dangerous and less frequent to non-existent. 100% of funds raised will go directly to people who do sex work. Any questions, comments, concerns can be directed to sexworkers4sexworkers@gmail.com

Stay safe out there in these weird times!

COVID 19 and Sex Work

COVID-19 is a global pandemic that has threatened the health, safety and livelihood of sex workers everywhere, placing many in a vulnerable situations.

As precarious workers, sex workers are often barred from accessing basic labour rights and protections on the job. Many are experiencing loss of income due to appointment cancellations, a decreased demand for services, and sickness. Since sex industry jobs do not offer a salary, sick days, or benefits, there is little to no safety net when sex workers are unable to work. Sex workers with precarious status, for example, are largely unable to access employee or COVID-related benefits.

While social distancing is strongly advised, it is particularly challenging for contact sex workers and low-income workers to adhere to these recommendations. The loss of income that would result from such social distancing measures prevents sex workers from working, and makes the difference between affording basic needs such as food, medicine, childcare, rent, etc. Accessing other forms of work and government relief efforts is difficult if not impossible for many sex workers given the criminalized nature of the industry.

COVID-19 & Sex Work Resource Guide
​https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ymJ5motdh0zh453-wFs1p4syL3koC2dD/view

Thank you for your support!

For more information or how to apply for funds send request to sexworkers4sexworkers@gmail.com

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