Part of a bigger project by The Sex Worker Open University, the festival aimed to raise awareness through a varied selection of films, which did not shy away from issues connected to sex work, such as immigration, race, LGBTI rights and violence. Words: Alina Kay, Subeditor: Lauren Burgess
Soho, London’s sort-of ‘Red Light District’, has for many years been the hub for the British sex industry. But it’s not what it used to be in the 80s. It has now become safer, thus more tourist and gentrification-friendly. But the government’s ‘clean up’ of Soho’s streets from prostitutes and drug dealers has had major consequences for the sex workers, who are suffering evictions and are forced to move to less safe areas in the city. The London Sex Worker Film Festival held on November 8, aimed to show that sex workers are not people without agency, that their stories are different and that they deserve understanding and respect.
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