9/6: Reception for Monica Jones + TJLP ‘Zine Release

Join Monica Jones, Project NIA, Sex Workers Outreach Project – Chicago & Transformative Justice Law Project on Saturday, September 6 for an evening of food, music, and community.


The reception will feature a talk by LBGT and Sex Worker Rights activist, Monica Jones, and speeches by individuals from the Transformative Justice Law Project to celebrate the release of the second volume of their ‘zine “Hidden Expressions.”

Saturday, September 6 | 6-9pm | Opening Remarks begin at 6:30pm

Jane Addams Hull House Museum | 800 S. Halsted,  Chicago, IL

About Monica Jones
monicaMonica Jones is an LGBT and sex worker rights activist who lives in Phoenix. She is a also a student at Arizona State University’s School of Social Work and a member of SWOP Phoenix (Sex Worker Outreach Project).

During sting operations lead by Project ROSE, a compulsory diversion program in May 2013, Monica spoke at a community event protesting the program. The next evening, as the Project ROSE stings continued, police arbitrarily arrested Monica and charged her with “manifesting prostitution.” Monica was convicted in April 2014 of “manifesting prostitution” and, with the help of the ACLU and SWOP Phoenix, is currently appealing the conviction.

Monica will be travelling to Australia to intern at the sex worker organization Scarlet Alliance.

About Hidden Expressions v. 2
We invite you to celebrate the release of the Transformative Justice Law Project’s (TJLP) Hidden Expressions Volume 2, a zine showcasing fabulous stories, artwork, erotica, how-to guides, survival tips, and poetry created by and for incarcerated transgender and gender nonconforming people. The goal of this publication is to combat the isolation and silence that the prison-industrial complex inflicts by connecting incarcerated trans and gender non-conforming people with each other, as well as with their friends, family, allies, and the larger Prison Abolition movement, both inside and outside of prisons and jails.

This volume is the result of two and a half years of mail correspondence and collaboration among three transgender women in prison and one trans woman on the outside. With this ‘zine, we aim to share our wisdom, stories, and strategies with each other, to support the revolutionary organizing that is happening already on the inside, and to set ourselves on our own path to liberation. We believe that as a collective of transgender people impacted by the prison system, we have the responsibility to support each other’s survival, and working on this ‘zine alone has breathed life into the four of us and our contributors. We are deeply inspired by these artists, writers, and revolutionaries, and we are thrilled to celebrate their resilience and resistance!

Sponsored by…
Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois | Sex Workers Outreach Project – Chicago | Project NIA

If you are unable to attend and want to support Monica Jones court costs and travel fees, you can donate directly via paypal to: freedom.for.monica@gmail.com


Thanks for Coming out to PROPAGANDA!

Thanks to everyone, so, so much that came to celebrate with us at PROPAGANDA this Saturday

It was an inspiring night of affirmation, celebration, and fun – you made it possible. Thanks also to our collaborators – we were honored to celebrate with Living Lounge and Slutwalk-Chicago and bring together three amazing communities!

As the SWOP-Chicago team jumps back into our normal routine of weekly outreach, answering warm-line calls, giving sensitivity trainings to service providers and students, and organizing workshops, peer-support events and advocacy, we have even more energy knowing how many people believe in Sex Workers Outreach Project-Chicago, sex worker rights, harm reduction, and our work.

With over 25 volunteers, 6 performers and 120 people at our benefit, we raised over $5200 at PROPAGANDA!

Please check out more absolutely gorgeous photos by Glitter Guts, and stay tuned for images from our roving Photographers on our SWOP-Chicago Facebook Page.

Got Photos from last Saturday? We would love to share them with our community!! Tweet them to us at @SWOPChicago, send them directly to meg@swop-chicago.org, or post them on our facebook page.

Thank you again for your fantastic company, for making PROPAGANDA SWOP-Chicago’s most sucessful annual fundraiser ever, and for helping us prep financially for our big goals for the next year: moving into our own office space, launching a collaborative legal clinic with Lam Ho of CALA, organizing a sex worker art group and festival for 2015, and so much more.


The SWOP-Chicago Team


This SATURDAY: Unite Against Propaganda – Our 6th Annual Benefit!

Sex Workers Outreach Project – Chicago cordially invites you to join us for our 6th Annual Benefit: “Unite Against PROPAGANDA!”

WHEN: Sat, August 23 | 8pm-2am | Performances begin at 9PM

WHERE: Multikulti | 1000 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL


Registration is Available Online and at Door

SWOP-Chicago is committed to keeping all of our events accessible to all. Thus, we offer a suggested donation range for different entry options, and we invite you to give what feels comfortable while helping to sustain our work. All proceeds from this event will be used to support our work and be processed through our fiscal sponsor, Sex Workers Outreach Project, 501(c)3 organization.


Register Online | RSVP on Facebook | Get Raffle Tickets


MC | Eric Barry – Full Disclosure Podcast

PERFORMERS | Mara MayHem * Mister Junior * Anita Butch * Back Alley Sally * Carolina Honey * Emily Catherine Kissner

DJs | Malibu Stacey – FKA Mrs Doubtfire * DJ MASISI * Maria Bigbush


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CATERING BY | The Growling Rabbit | West Town Bakery | Emily Kuhnen | Kanina Enos


RAFFLE PRIZES INCLUDE | Mindy Chautevert Signed copy of “Sex Workers Unite” | Leather Archives & Museum – Six free museum passes | Frank Farrelly/Nancy Angelair Salon – Single process color and haircut | Discovery Center – Two $25 Gift Certificates | Skyscraper Heels – Gift Certificate | TabooTabou – Gift basket | Studio L’Amour – Passes to Naked Girls Reading | NJoy – Prostate Stimulator | EROS – TBA | Early to Bed – Gift Basket | Lover’s Lane – A Touch of Romance Collection: Includes Candle, Massage Oil, Massage Cream, & Edible Bath Powder and Bath & Shower Gel | Kristen D’Angelo – “American Courtesans” [DVD] | Melisa Gira Grant – Signed Copy of “For Love or Money” | Z&H Market Cafe – Gift Basket | Harrington Park Press – “Male Sex Work and Society” | Early to Bed – Gift Basket | Melisa Gira Grant – Signed Copy of “For Love or Money” | Elizabeth Bernstein – Signed Copy of “Temporarily Yours” | Katherine Frank – Signed Copy of “Plays Well in Groups: A Journey Through the World of Group Sex” | Flirty Girl Fitness – 5-Punch Gift Card, good for up to 5 classes | Milk Handmade – Girl’s Night Out Cocktail Evening | Roscoe Village Bikes – Bike Tune-Up | Laura Murray & Penelope Saunders – A Kiss for Gabriella DVD (2) | Pleasure Chest – Chicago – Gift Bag & Gift Certificate | Revolution Brewery – Gift Bag with $25.00 Gift Card, 6-Pack, & 2 Koozies | Seka – Signed Copy of Autobiography “Inside Seka” | Tulip – TBA | Women & Children First – $25 Giftcard | Chicago Diner – Gift certificate | Capitol News/Lover’s Playground – Gift Basket | Shangri-La Vintage – Vintage LP “How to Pleasure Your Lover” |Black Label Zomi Cuff Kit | Rebel Toyfriend (black vibrator) – Wet for Her Jules (pink vibrator) | Two Pocket Toyfriends (mini-vibrators) | Tempo Unisex Anal Stimulator | Ren Skinscare (shampoo – conditioner – bodywash set) | Harness and Strap-on set







Help us make PROPAGANDA for our benefit!


Help SWOP-Chicago make “PROPAGANDA” for our benefit!

We are creating a slideshow of “Myths” “Facts” and “Truths” to display at our 6th Annual Benefit: Unite Against Propaganda and WE WANT YOURS!

We want to highlight:

  • injustices our community and other communities face
  • myths about our communities and experiences
  • facts and “personal truths.”raffle

As thanks for contributing, we’ll give you a raffle ticket, (one per person) which you can use at our August 23 benefit for a chance to win one of 30+ prizes!

Share yours by Friday, 8/15 using the form below!

MYTH: Most perpetrators of rape are strangers to the victim.
FACT: Most rapes are committed by someone that the victim knows: a neighbor, friend, acquaintance, co-worker, classmate, spouse, partner, or ex-partner

MYTH: Most youth enter the sex trade were kidnapped or coerced by a trafficker and forced into sexual slavery.
FACT: Most youth enter the sex trade because of a profound lack of youth services, and do so to meet basic needs, like housing, food, and clothing.

Caucasians use drugs 5x more than African Americans. African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at 10x more than Caucasians.

80% of men arrested for solicitation are men of color.


“I sell pot because I’ve applied for 50 jobs after getting released, and I haven’t gotten a single one.”

“I’m a sex worker. I’m more afraid of getting arrested than getting raped, robbed, or killed.”

8/31 – Last Sunday Social – Loop



Providers/Dancers/Hustlers/Tantra-Stars, Cam Girls, all sex workers — current and former:

Join SWOP-Chicago for our Last Sunday Social!

When: Sunday, August 31 | 11am – 2pm

Where: Near Harold Washington Library – rsvp to meg@swop-chicago.org for address

What: brunch, coffee, mellow tunes, and socializing.

How Much: Nada [aka – Free]

What unfortunately won’t be there: cats and stacks of cash. Sorry…we know the image is misleading :-/

***this event is only open to individuals currently or previously involved in the erotic/adult industry.***


July 27 – Last Sunday Social

Callin’ all the purple people to come together for an evening of snacks, socializing, art, and wine.

Free wine & soft drinks. Free snacks. Artsy stuff. A plush assortment of free female condoms and fruity/colored/tuxedo/ultrathin/ultrasensitive/ king lifestyles. Good music and good vibes…sounds good, no?


Location: Bridgeport, convenient to the Red Line AND Fed-Up Fest! RSVP to meg@swop-chicago.org for the address, bitte!

Time: Sunday, 7/27   6-9PM

***This social is only open to current and former adult/sexy-biz/erotic industry workers. Including but not limited to phone-sex operators, strippers, pro-doms, subs, fetishists, web-cam guys & gals, adult film stars, escorts, streetworkers, sugar-babies…ya know.***


Teaser – August’s Last Sunday Social will be in the Loop!


“SAVE” Bill would Help Traffickers and Hurt Youth, Homeless and Other Vulnerable Groups – Take Action!

Senator Kirk (IL) and Senator Feinstein (CA) recently introduced a bill (S. 2536) to the federal senate which would change requirements for placing adult advertisements, as well as record-keeping requirements for adult advertising websites.
The bill, titled the “Kirk-Feinstein Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act”  can be found here. The bill would impact any individual who places an online ad for any adult service (fetish, stripping, body rub, escort, and adult film), as well as all websites that contain sections devoted to adult services, even those that do not charge for ad placement.

Summary of S. 2536

  • Requires individuals placing ads to submit a valid government ID and telephone number.
  • Requires all individuals placing ads, whether free or paid, to submit valid debit or credit card information.
  • Prohibits payment with pre-paid cards, money orders, cash, or bitcoin.
  • Requires ad websites to maintain records of advertisers’ identification, phone numbers and financial information for at least 7 years.
  • Requires ad websites to share records with the attorneys’ general without a warrant or subpoena.
  • Ad website owners and administrators that fail to comply with new requirements would be punished with between $250-300,000 in fines and up to 5 years in prison.saveact2
How the Bill Would Impact Our Communities
  • Increase the vulnerability of adult workers to traffickers and third parties, increase street-based sex work: Requiring debit or credit cards and government IDs will bar the most vulnerable populations involved in the adult industry from using the web to work, thus forcing them into higher-risk street-based sex work or into the hands of traffickers, pimps and third parties.save4
  • Increase government surveillance of adult workers: New record keeping requirements will effectively create a database of all individuals involved in the adult entertainment industry, and increase surveillance of our community.
  • Compound discrimination against sex workers by the financial sector and reduce economic well-being and stability of adult workers: The financial sector has an awful track record of freezing, seizing and closing bank accounts of individuals who place adult advertisements using cards. Forcing individuals to use credit and debit cards to place legal adult advertisements will make individuals who place ads even more susceptible to these forms of institutional exclusion and violence, and would significantly reduce the economic well-being and stability of sex workers.
  • Increase work costs for adult workers and reduce economic well-being and stability of adult workers: New record-keeping requirements for advertising websites will be expensive. It is unlikely these new costs would of ad websites; rather, it is very likely they would be passed on to adult workers who advertise on them.chasebank

Take Action!

SWOP-Chicago encourages community members and allies to take action:

SWOP-Chicago has drafted a sign-on letter, and we invite you to sign it as an individual or organization and share the link of facebook, twitter, or within your email lists.

Sign as an Individual

Sign as an Organization or Group

We will collect organizational and individual sign-ons until Thursday, July 24 at 10AM.

July 23: Evening with ‘The Honest Courtesan’ MAGGIE MCNEILL

Discussion & Book Reading with ‘The Honest Courtesan’ Maggie McNeill

7/23: 7-9PM


1700 S. Loomis – Pilsen

Maggie McNeill, the popular sex worker rights blogger, retired librarian and retired call girl behind “The Honest Courtesan” just published her first short stories collection.

Ranging from fantasy to reality and from comedy to horror, the 37 stories’ heroines are quite different but have one thing in common: membership in the world’s oldest profession.

McNeill will be joining SWOP-Chicago for an evening of discussion, book signings and readings… we’re psyched – you should be too!

Free & Open to the Public *** Free snacks & refreshments *** $5.00 from book sales will be donated to SWOP-Chicago *** Additional Times & Locations on Book Tour Website!

Summer with SWOP-Chicago: July and August Calendar!

Recurring Events:

Every Thursday, 6:30-8:00 pm – Street-Outreach

Sacramento and Madison

Come for coffee, snacks, resource-referrals and condoms. Email meg@swop-chicago.org if you’d like volunteer.

Second Wednesday of the Month, 7-9:00 pm – Monthly Organizing Meeting


 Email info@swop-chicago.org for address.

**NEW** Last Sunday of the Month, Evening –  Sex Worker Social Mixers

Rotating Locations

SWOP-Chicago will start offering monthly social mixers for current & former adult industry workers this July. This event is only open to current & former adult industry workers. To RSVP, please email meg@swop-chicago.org

July Events

July 11-13 [Fri-Sun] – Tabling @ Exxxotica!


Donald E Stephens Convention Center – 9291 Bryn Mawr Ave – Rosemont, IL 

Convention Website

Going to the 2014 Exxxotica conference? Drop by our Table!

July 23 – 7-9PM [Wed] – Discussion & Book Reading with ‘The Honest Courtesan’ Maggie McNeil


1700 S. Loomis – Pilsen

Maggie McNeil Book Tour Website

Popular sex worker rights blogger Maggie McNeill  just published her first short stories collection. Ranging from fantasy to reality and from comedy to horror, the 37 stories’ heroines are quite different but have one thing in common: membership in the world’s oldest profession. McNeil will be joining SWOP-Chicago for an evening of discussion, book signings and readings… we’re psyched – you should be too!

Free snacks & refreshments *** $5.00 from book sales will be donated to SWOP-Chicago

Additional Times & Locations on Book Tour Website!

July 26-7 – Tabling & Presenting @ Fed Up Fest

Fed Up Fest

SWOP-Chicago Seminar: Sat, 7/26 – 2:40 – 4:00pm

Co-Prosperity Sphere – 3219-21 S Morgan – Chicago, IL

Festival Website

Join SWOP-Chicago at Fed Up Fest, a three day, all ages, DIY music and workshop festival showcasing and celebrating queer and transgender voices in punk communities. SWOP will be tabling and giving a seminar at the event… details about our seminar time to come!

July 27 – Evening – Sex Worker Sunday Social

Location – Bridgeport

SWOP-Chicago will start offering monthly social mixers for current & former adult industry workers this July. This event is only open to current & former adult industry workers. To RSVP, please email meg@swop-chicago.org

August Events

August 7 – 6-8:00pm – Lecture: Our Fashion Year – Unraveling the Threads Between the Garment and Sex Trades**

Image_Our Fashion Year_websiteGallery 400 – 400 South Peoria Street – Chicago, IL

Event Website

Our Fashion Year, an exploration of international women’s labor in words and pictures, unravels the threads that weave together fast fashion and human trafficking in a brilliant series of full-color, non-fiction comic strips. This presentation, by cultural critic and comics creator Anne Elizabeth Moore (the first in Chicago, following a worldwide Ladydrawers tour) will look at the process, form, and impact of the Ladydrawers’ work on labor, gender, and compensation through the full spate of Truthout strips from the last year.


August 23 – Afternoon – [Sat] Slutwalk

Daley Plaza

Slutwalk Website

August 23 – 8:00pm-2:00am [Sat] Propaganda: SWOP-Chicago’s Annual Benefit


Multikulti – 1000 N Milwaukee

Get Tickets Here!

SWOP-Chicago Calls all Comrades Fighting for Economic and Social Justice To Unite With Us Against PROPAGANDA! Join us for a raucous evening of live music, DJs & dancing, and burlesque & performance art. Our 2014 benefit will also feature appetizers, libations, a raffle, private dances, photo booth by Glitter Guts… & more!

August 31 – Evening – Sex Worker Sunday Social

Loop – Near Harold Washington/Harrison/Lasalle CTA Stations

SWOP-Chicago invites folks currently or previously involved in the adult entertainment industry & sex trade to join us for a social mixer.

 To RSVP, please email meg@swop-chicago.org

My Redbook, Criminalization & Community

On June 25, My Redbook, a west coast adult service review site and discussion forum, was seized in an IRS & FBI joint investigation of money laundering and promoting prostitution.

Like most review sites, My Redbook not only served adult service consumers — it also provided free advertising for sex workers, community for an isolated and marginalized population, and a tool for avoiding dangerous clients.


My Redbook served as an online business district for thousands of marginalized and isolated workers and a centralized location for welfare, anti-trafficking, and HIV-Prevention services to reach geographically dispersed and hidden target populations. The IRS & FBI action against My Redbook resulted in the sudden loss of a resource thousands of west coast sex workers use to help build community, screen clients, stay safe, and attain economic stability and well-being.

The recent criminal actions against My Redbook’s did nothing to provide alternative economic opportunities for adult workers outside of the sex trade, decrease demand for adult services, or attack the trafficking of labor into the adult industry; they did not help individuals trafficked into the sex trade or individuals desiring to leave it–they they simply eliminated a source of community, safety, security and stability for thousands of vulnerable individuals.

The arrest of My Redbook’s owners and the site’s sudden closure epitomize the disruptive, destabilizing and harmful impact of criminalization on the lives of individuals involved in the sex trade. So long as this industry is criminalized, any marketplaces, networks, and community spaces its’ members work to create are subject to criminal proceedings and can easily disappear overnight…(and even if they grow into durable, trusted community institutions, they will likely be demolished eventually).

The sex trade is not going anywhere; individuals will continue to be involved in the sex trade, and until criminal laws against the sex trade are uplifted, these individuals will face insecurity, instability, invisibility and extreme vulnerability, and be precluded basic human rights.