Posts by Christopher Johnston

Night Shifts Newsletter No. 7

 Why is it important to retain correct definitions of ‘human trafficking’ in laws and new legislation? Bill Woolf can’t get into details about the lawsuit filed in October 2021 against his former employer because it’s not adjudicated yet, but he suggests that I Google it. So I do. Turns out that when he served with the…

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Night Shifts Newsletter No. 6

Will funding small, sex-worker-led organizations facilitate the sex worker rights movement? Employed in various components of sex work for twenty years, Savannah Sly felt driven to step into a community organizer role roughly a decade ago. She had relocated from the East Coast to Seattle at a time when the Emerald City’s sex industry had…

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Night Shifts Newsletter No. 4

Can sex worker advocates impact legislative changes to bring about full decriminalization? Fresh off of the first New England Sex Work Summit (NESWS), J. Leigh Oshiro-Brantly [pronouns: they, their, them] feels energized by how well and smoothly the inaugural event went. “It was really, really powerful,” says J., community organizer and researcher with The Ishtar Collective…

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Night Shift Newsletter No. 1

Sex Work: Are You For or Against  Legalization or Decriminalization Want to embroil family, friends or colleagues in a rich and deeply controversial topic of discussion? Ask them whether or not they believe prostitution or sex work should be either legalized or decriminalized. That’s what I’ve been engaging in the past five months for the…

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