August 16: Brown and Proud Pess Release Party and Benefit

Brown and Proud Press is holding a party to celebrate their new zine, and proceeds will benefit SWOP-Chicago!


Thursday, August 16


AMFM Gallery

2151 W 21st St, Chicago, IL 60608

Facebook Link


Brown and Proud Press invites you to a nighttime celebration for their newest zine titled, “Secretos: from one hoe to another”

We will have sensual performances, vendors and music. Doors open at 7pm, 18+ for mature content. All door proceeds will pay our performers and a portion of drink sales will be donated to SWOP Chicago.

Burlesque performances by:
Delikate Doll

Guest of Honor: SWOP members

Sexy Vendors:
Gnat Glitter Kink
Marimacha Monarca Press
Xicana Moon

Kinky Photobooth by Mayra
*props will be available 😉

About Secretos:
“This work is intentionally anonymous. We wanted to provide a space where womxn can express themselves freely, powerfully, vulnerably. As a collective, we believe in the healing power of sharing our stories: some of these stories are straight up hoe ass shit, others are nasty, some are funny and some are heartbreaking. We put out a call for submissions and only asked that names be changed and that the work be anonymous. With this vulnerability, comes triggering stories. Some of the work in this zine may mention mental health illnesses, sexual assault, or intimate partner violence. We ask that you respect these stories as standing entities and that you love yourself, putx.

One Putx to Another & Brown & Proud Press

SWOP-Chicago is hiring a graphic designer

Design Print Materials for the PROS Network Chicago!

SWOP-Chicago is hiring a graphic designer to update print materials related to the PROS-Network Chicago (Providers and Resources Offering Services to Sex Workers).  The PROS Network is a directory of direct service providers and legal, medical and mental health professionals that provide non-judgmental and harm reduction oriented services to individuals currently or formerly involved in the sex industry. For more information, visit

We can offer a $200 stipend for design of a brochure that will list all of the members of the PROS Network, the services they provide, and their location in Chicago.

Current and retired sex workers, people of color, and trans* and gender-nonconforming folks are especially encouraged to apply. Please send a brief (1 paragraph) introduction and a few samples of your work to In your introduction, please address your familiarity with SWOP, the sex worker community, and/or sex trade. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. To ensure your application receives priority review, please submit by noon on Sunday, August 19.







On June 20, Chicago City Council quietly and unanimously passed a substitute ordinance that specifically outlaws “prostitution-related loitering.”


Introduced in November 2017 by Aldermen Joe Moore of Rogers Park and Jason Ervin of Garfield Park, the ordinance amends the city’s Municipal Code by adding Section 8-4-016. This new law imposes fines of $50-500, along with potential arrest and imprisonment, on individuals deemed by police to be engaged in “prostitution-related loitering.”


The new language also instructs the Superintendent of Police to “designate areas of the city in which enforcement of this section is necessary because the areas are frequently associated with prostitution-related loitering.” The ordinance also amends existing Section 8-8-060 to include more detail and specificity concerning “solicitation for prostitution.”


The ordinance was introduced in the wake of months of targeted harassment of both street-based sex workers and SWOP-Chicago outreach workers in Rogers Park, on the part of Alderman Moore and some residents.


On the advice of some members of the local social services community, the ordinance was revised prior to passage to lower potential fines for sex workers while raising them for customers, thus partially embracing an “end-demand” approach to policing sex work. While this “end-demand model” purports to transfer legal liability from workers to clients, in practice criminalizing our clientele harms sex workers by keeping our industry marginalized and our work environments unsafe.


By passing this ordinance, Chicago City Council compounds the harm inflicted on sex workers by SESTA/FOSTA, the Federal “anti-trafficking” legislation recently passed by Congress. While this legislation erases sex workers’ access to safer online means of conducting business, thereby forcing more workers on to the streets, the City of Chicago has now chosen to add to the danger faced by street-based workers by creating new levels of criminalization.


SWOP-Chicago joins our city’s harm-reduction community in opposing this new assault on the safety, livelihood, and self-determination of sex workers. The new and revised laws reflect the worst of both the dangerous criminalization of sex work, and paternalistic “rescue-based” treatment of workers. Only the full decriminalization of sex work can ensure safety and self-determination for individuals engaged in trading sexual services, whether by choice, circumstance, or coercion.

International Whores Day + Workshop 6/2 and 6/3

This Saturday is International Whores Day/International Sex Workers Day/PutaDei! There is a direct action being held at Daily Plaza at the Picasso Statue at noon, as organized by Miss Mercedez, Miss Velvet, Marten Katze, Sophie Bee and Leah Levine.
They are still looking for people who want to speak at the action about their lived experiences, loved ones, or general solidarity with sex workers rights movements. You don’t have to have a big speech or anything planned, we just want to offer people a platform to voice their thoughts, anger, concern and fears. Feel free to check out the Facebook event for information:
*Flyers designed by Sema Graham, an artist from Chicago*
On Sunday, 6/3 Chicago Skill Share Network is organizing a net-safety workshop for sex workers. If you’d like to get more info on this, email The event is in Pilsen from 1:00-3:30, and it is free. Any donations will be given to Lysistrata funds.

A Funeral for the Death of Safer Sex Work!!! – Planning Meeting

Emily is throwing a great event after the support group on Saturday to plan efforts to channel art in protesting SESTA/FOSTA/CLOUD! Read her description below.

As an Art Therapist & Current Sex Worker, I am in the process of organizing an Art Protest titled “A Funeral for the Death of Safer Sex Work” set for May 1st, 2018, (international laborer/worker rights day) as a way to collectively greave the end of an era for sex workers, as a way to object to the passing of SESTA, FOSTA & CLOUD as well as to show physical visible solidarity with sex workers experiencing negative effects from the implementation of these laws!

The first planning meeting and funeral hat making workshop will be held after the Sex Worker Support Group this coming Saturday the 21st around 3:00pm at my place (close to the corner of Clark & Lunt) in Rogers Park. I will have music, food & art supplies (but would like to empower people to bring their own supplies as well)!

I will lead a hat making workshop and allow for any further processing that folks want to do after the support group!

FB Event:


Support Group for Sex Workers April 21

In response to the fallout from the SESTA legislation, we are increasing the frequency of our support group for current and retired sex workers. Right now, we will be holding the group approximately every other week (and always on the first Saturday). If more support is needed, we will begin meeting every week.

We are continuing to compile resources and practical supports, so check our website and Facebook for updates on topics and resources. Come to the group to receive and provide support and keep everyone safe during this trying time.

The details for our upcoming group is as follows:

Saturday April 21


Howard Brown on Sheridan

4025 N Sheridan, room TBD

Suggested donation $10 (everyone is welcome regardless of ability to pay)

Note that this group is ONLY for current or retired sex workers. If you want to support the cause, please donate or come to our general meeting. If you are unsure if the group if for you, want help securing transportation to attend, or have questions about it, please contact Cassandra D. at 708-320-3078

Here is the link to our Facebook event:

Love and solidarity,

Cassandra D