Erotic Service Providers Union-CA

The Erotic Service Providers Union (ESPU) is by an for those who labor erotically to gain agency through industrial organizing for our occupational, social, and economic rights through affiliating with organized labor. Founded Nov. 2004 in San Francisco, California.

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In Honor Of World AIDS Day, please take the time to review Webinar, Rashida Richardson, Center for HIV Law and Policy, Ayako Miyashita, The Williams Institute, Marco Castro-Bojorquez, Lambda Legal, 2014 as we work together to end the criminalization of HIV in California

On October 21, the Oakland City Council voted to expand an existing law that allows the city to evict private property tenants under the guise of being a “nuisance”. The ordinance permits city-led evictions of both residential and commercial tenants. Proposed by City Attorney Barbara Parker, will now allow anyone to be profiled as as sex workers to loose their housing; no one needs to be engaging in actual sex work on the property to be evicted; no one needs to be arrested or charged or anything; the city can conduct evictions without the landlord; this ordinance does not guarantee evicted tenants access to the evidence against them and raises serious due process concerns.

Sign the Petition and send a message that discrimination isn’t acceptable

Join the letter writing campaign here

Eastbay Express Article about Oakland’s Threat to Sex Workers


Managing Sex Work-Canadian Research

Also contact i n f o ( AT ) espu-ca.org

California State Legislation AB 336 to remove condoms as evidence in prostitution cases We support AB336

SB 782 – the Sexual Assault Victim Equity (SAVE) Act We oppose SB782

Dancers awarded 13 million dollars. In addition to the financial hit to the 16 companies that were sued, the clubs have agreed that within six months they will no longer treat dancers as independent contractors or lessees, but as employees, shareholders, partners or some type of owner. In California specifically, dancers will no longer be charged stage fees.

WE ARE DANCERS We’re a group of current and former exotic dancers in New York City. We’re raising money. What you can do to help

News Article about how laws violate dancers right to privacy

World Charter For Prostitutes’ Rights

World Charter For Prostitutes’ Rights
International Committee for Prostitutes’ Rights (ICPR), Amsterdam 1985, Published in Pheterson, G (ed.), A Vindication of the Rights of Whores. Seattle: Seal Press, 1989. (p.40)


Decriminalize all aspects of adult prostitution resulting from individual decision.

Decriminalize prostitution and regulate third parties according to standard business codes. It must be noted that existing standard business codes allow abuse of prostitutes. Therefore special clauses must be included to prevent the abuse and stigmatization of prostitutes (self-employed and others).

Enforce criminal laws against fraud, coercion, violence, child sexual abuse, child labor, rape, racism everywhere and across national boundaries, whether or not in the context of prostitution.

Eradicate laws that can be interpreted to deny freedom of association, or freedom to travel, to prostitutes within and between countries. Prostitutes have rights to a private life.

Human Rights

Guarantee prostitutes all human rights and civil liberties, including the freedom of speech, travel, immigration, work, marriage, and motherhood and the right to unemployment insurance, health insurance and housing.

Grant asylum to anyone denied human rights on the basis of a “crime of status,” be it prostitution or homosexuality.

Working Conditions

There should be no law which implies systematic zoning of prostitution. Prostitutes should have the freedom to choose their place of work and residence. It is essential that prostitutes can provide their services under the conditions that are absolutely determined by themselves and no one else.

There should be a committee to insure the protection of the rights of the prostitutes and to whom prostitutes can address their complaints. This committee must be comprised of prostitutes and other professionals like lawyers and supporters.

There should be no law discriminating against prostitutes associating and working collectively in order to acquire a high degree of personal security.


All women and men should be educated to periodical health screening for sexually transmitted diseases. Since health checks have historically been used to control and stigmatize prostitutes, and since adult prostitutes are generally even more aware of sexual health than others, mandatory checks for prostitutes are unacceptable unless they are mandatory for all sexually active people.


Employment, counseling, legal, and housing services for runaway children should be funded in order to prevent child prostitution and to promote child well-being and opportunity.

Prostitutes must have the same social benefits as all other citizens according to the different regulations in different countries.

Shelters and services for working prostitutes and re-training programs for prostitutes wishing to leave the life should be funded.


No special taxes should be levied on prostitutes or prostitute businesses.

Prostitutes should pay regular taxes on the same basis as other independent contractors and employees, and should receive the same benefits.

Public Opinion

Support educational programs to change social attitudes which stigmatize and discriminate against prostitutes and ex-prostitutes of any race, gender or nationality.

Develop educational programs which help the public to understand that the customer plays a crucial role in the prostitution phenomenon, this role being generally ignored. The customer, like the prostitute, should not, however, be criminalized or condemned on a moral basis.

We are in solidarity with workers in the sex industry.


Organizations of prostitutes and ex-prostitutes should be supported to further implementation of the above charter.

Robyn Few's passing is of great loss at a time when our community is under another viscous attach. Veronica called Robyn while she was dropping me off at the train station on Monday after speaking to the Sacramento Bee editorial board for the No on Prop 35. Robyn couldn't talk but her care giver was able to rely to her Veronica and I were together doing the good work of which she was huge part and we wanted to share it with her. Robyn's legacy is forever immortalized in our community. In honor of her good work, take a moment to consider her contribution to raise our voices as valuable members of society. Our condolences to her family. Maxine Doogan, Erotic Service Providers Union

Join No On #prop35

Sex Educator Training Classes San Francisco Sex Information

2012 the Summer Institute For Labor Union Women

10 Reasons to Decriminalize Sex Work-by Soros

Landmark Report-Global Commission HIV and the Law

UN Calls for Legalization of Prostitution


HOOKERS BALL Punk Rock Show of 2012








Mr. S Leather of San Francisco Vintage Porn mags and Fetish Fashion: Undressing the Corset




Exciting Spring Fundraiser Punk Rock Show to Support our Legal Action Fund

April 14, San Francisco, CA – The Erotic Service Providers Union (www.espu-ca.org), in conjunction with Margo St. James HOOKER’S BALL, is proud to announce a special benefit that will support our legal action to expand sexual freedom rights by our continuing to challenge the anti prostitution laws.

The Erotic Service Providers Union seeks to gain agency on behalf of all erotic service providers regarding their occupational, health, safety, social, civil, and economic rights.

The ESPU’s and Hooker’s Ball Punk Show takes place Saturday, April 14th, 2012 , from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., at Thee Parkside, 1600 17th Street, located at the corner 17th and Wisconsin street in San Francisco, CA. Tel: 415-252-1330. Admission: $10-$50 Sliding. For directions, please visit: Thee Parkside
Join this event on facebook

ESPU Salutes and Congratulates Canadian Sex Workers on the March 28, 2012 Appeals Court Ruling
And victory in Louisiananew law does not eliminate the “Crime Against Nature”

SlutWalk comes to the San Francisco Bay Area August 4, 2012 Come Join US

Sign the Petition to Demand the Department of Justice Do Its Job

Updated list of San Francisco Hotels still on the Boycott list
Grand Hyatt Hotel, Union Square

Hyatt Regency Hotel, Embarcadero

Hyatt Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf

HEI Le Meridien Hotel, Financial District

Hotel Frank, Downtown

International Sex Workers Rights Day Celebrated

Feb. 23, 2011-San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee passes Resolution to Demand Congress Remove the Anti Prostitution Pledge from the Global AIDS Act.

Feb. 14, 2011-San Francisco Labor Council Resolution to Demand Congress Amend Current U.S. Policy and Practice on HIV Funding:

Therefore, be it resolved, the San Francisco Labor Council shall send letters to our elected officials – House Representative Nancy Pelosi, Senator Barbara Boxer and Senator Diane Feinstein – to advocate for removal of the Anti-Prostitution Pledge from the Global AIDS Act and to bring this matter to the attention of our President.

And further, be it resolved, this letter shall request that, as Congress continues to review renewal legislation for the Global AIDS Act, our representatives promote legislation aimed at saving the greatest number of lives and protecting the most people, and promote the Sonagachi Model.*

*Peer to Peer education

Groups Challenge Disparate Punishment Under Louisiana’s Crime Against Nature Law. People Convicted Under Archaic Statute Forced to Register as Sex Offenders for 15 Years to Life

Another Ruling for Canada: Vancouver Sex workers win right to challenge Canada’s prostitution laws

Congratulations Canada. Onterio Superior Court strikes down 3 federal prostitution laws Read the decision Here

United Nation’s Universal Periodic Review 2010


Former New Zealand Parliamentarian, Tim Barnett explains how they decriminalized in that country. July 2010 A must watch

Erotic Service Providers Union Salutes the Foxhole Dancers for standing up for their rights to not be intimidated out of work! This is an ongoing protest-every Sunday
Read about it here

The Fox Hole is located at 32260 U.S. 36, Walhonding, OH and the protest is at the actual congregation that has been harassing the workers. New Beginnings Church of God
305 Church Street, Warsaw, OH 43844 (740) 824-4878
Call the church to let the know they need to stop harassing workers.

A Must See The Brothel Project
THE BROTHEL PROJECT follows these two dynamic women-on-a-mission and their foray into the world of modern day prostitution in the tea and crumpets city of Victoria. It isn’t long before they are approached by two other women – booking agent Harvi and independent escort Mia – who also claim to have the same vision.

Read it on Global News: Brothel Project – airs June 9, 2010

Canada’s 1st Adult Entertainment Awards honours sex industry stars
Celebrate the Sex Industry on 6.9.Venue: Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver. Doors open at 7 pm. Advance tickets: Via PayPal Day-of tickets: Available at 3pm at box office. Contact: Annie Temple • 604-351-6301 • annie@nakedtruth.ca

Formerly Known As: Art and performance by male sex workers
Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 7pm
Rainbow Room, LGBT Center
1800 Market St. at Octavia
$10-20 sliding scale

For centuries, erotic pioneers and outlaws have made art. Without sex worker artists, San Francisco would be boring. This is a variety show featuring a dozen male sex workers. Expect stories, performances, music, videos and photography by men who are current or former sex workers.
Last year’s event sold out both nights, so we’re in a larger venue for one night only as part of the National Queer Arts Festival.
curated by Kirk Read, featuring performances by Suppositori Spelling, Inbred Hybrid Collective, Adela Vazquez, Jesse Hewit, Christraper Sings, George Birimisa, Cyd Nova, Kirk Read, Ben McCoy, Jaime Cortez, horehound stillpoint, a slideshow of visual artists and more!
Event website:

Contact: Kirk Read, 415-722-0828, kirkread@earthlink.net

Adult film industry launches anti-piracy campaign

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/05/Adult Film Industry Launches Antipiracy Campaign

Adult film industry launches anti-piracy campaign
May 5, 2010 | 4:55 pm

Would you steal from Ron Jeremy? That’s the question LAist poses in its blog post “Your Arousal Doesn’t Come for Free.”

Blogger Zach Behrens reports that the Free Speech Coalition, the adult industry’s advocacy group, has launched a new campaign and a series of all-star public service announcements urging people to pay for their porn — and not download it for free.

The videos feature Jeremy, Alektra Blue, Kaylani Lei and a host of other adult film stars. “We work hard to entertain you and arouse you,” says one performer. “So please show your support by buying our products.”

Sign Up Now for 2010 Union Women’s Summer Schools

ACTION ITEM-New York State Assembly Bill to amend the civil practice law and criminal procedure law, in relation to the use of possession of condoms in evidence

Support San Francisco Hotel Workers Local 2 Strike-If your clients want service at a San Francisco Hotel , tell them you can’t cross the picket line and they can find another hotel Here

International Checkin and Community Building by and for Sex Industry Workers on BlogTalk Internet Radio January 31, 2010

Watch Video forum on Sex Workers, Clients and the Law. November 23, 2009 hosted by Canadian FIRST: Feminists Advocating for Rights and Equality for Sex Industry Workers November 23, 2009 Forum

Sex Professionals of Canada Make historic Legal Challenge to anti prostitution laws

Move to legalise prostitution welcomed New Delhi

Releasing of the report-Trade Union Protections for Sex Workerspdf
By Com. Ashim Roy (General Secretary, New Trade Union Initiative)
On 9th September 2009, Wednesday, at 4PM
At Ashirwad, 30 St. Marks Road, Opposite State Bank of India, Bangalore
Trade Union Leaders, Human Rights Activists and Sexworker Leaders will address the meeting after the report release.

This report, Trade Union Protections for Sex Workers, shares insights from a meeting held from January 30 to February 1, 2009, in Belém, Brazil, in conjunction with the World Social Forum. The meeting brought together trade unions, sex workers, and other activists who believe that workers in the sex sector deserve basic labour rights, including the right to organize and bargain collectively, to be free of discrimination and to be free from forced labor. The participants came from Bolivia, Brazil, Germany, India, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, the United States.
Karnataka Sex Workers Union Read More Here

Turkey’s sex workers seek to establish a union June 25 2009

Con Stellation Magazine May 2009

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From the UK to the Bay Area, Speaker Niki A.
Sex Workers Win Justice and the Right to Work Safely
Friday, August 1, 2014
518 Valencia Street, San Francisco (16th Mission BART)
6:30pm Snacks, meet and greet Niki from London
7pm program starts
$5-10 donation, no one turned away

The Electronic Frontier Foundation Tells Us How to Protect Ourselves on the Net.

In light of recent events we highly recommend that everyone donate to the court case to help put a stop to so many lives being put at risk

Oppose criminalizing our customers! Oppose SB 1388. Standing by for more information on the next hearing, MORE INFO HERE

Help Oppose AB 1576 California. Next hearing will be in the California Senate Labor and Industrial Relations On June 25, 2014

Sunday January 26th, 2014 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm 1060 Folsom Street San Francisco, California. Between 6th and 7th. $12~ $22 at the door

Sex Workers Unite author Dr. Melinda Chateauvert keynote speaker for Sex Worker Fundraise
Sex Workers Unite, A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk with author Melinda Chateauvert who will be the featured guest speaker for the Litigate to Emancipate Fundraiser for the Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project. According to Chateauvert, despite the acceptance of “sluts,” the “prostitute” remains a deeply embedded symbolic marker between decency and disrespect…money changes everything. The event is open to the public.

Chateauvert shows off her extensive knowledge as historian and activist in her new book, Sex Workers Unite! A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk, (Beacon Press, January, 2014) where she recasts sex workers – of all genders, persuasions and occupations – as key activists in struggles for gay liberation, women’s rights, reproductive justice, union organizing and prison abolition, and holds that sex worker rights are ultimately human rights (www.sexworkersunite.com). Her past works include Marching Together and have appeared in a variety of publications, including Sex Work: Writing about Women in the Sex Industry (Cleis Press, 1986, 1997); the Journal of African American History; the Journal of Women’s History; $pread Magazine; and Labor History.

Dr. Chateauvert is currently a fellow at the Center for African Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She sits on the board of the Leather Archives and Museum and participates in the Positive Justice Project to decriminalize HIV+ status.

Money raised will support the Litigate for Emancipate Legal Fund. ESPERLP is a sex worker-lead nonprofit and is committed to empowering the erotic community and advancing sexual privacy rights through legal advocacy, education, and research.

Thanks for Signing the Petition to Support the Removal of Regulation 649.56

For Release On
Thursday December 12, 2013
Contact: Maxine Doogan, Erotic Service Providers Union 415-265-3302 & Rachel West, US PROStitutes Collective 415-640-4250
Sex Workers Groups Celebrate Victory in Sacramento

Sex worker groups are celebrating the historic vote at the California Victims Compensation Board today to eliminate Regulation 649.56 “Involvement in the Qualifying Crime of Prostitution.” Rachel West of US PROStitutes Collective said, “ Our statewide campaign has garnered broad based support including the ACLU. We are thrilled that Board recognized the public sentiment that this regulation has no place in the Victims Compensation Program.”

The victim whose claim that was denied by the Victims Compensation Program which ignited the call to remove the discriminatory regulation said, “This campaign brought together other victims like me. For decades we have been alone in our struggle to gain recognition that sex workers can be raped and should have access to the public fund.”

Today’s meeting was well attended including members of the press. The 3 person Victims Compensation Board heard deeply moving testify about how victims have suffered. Chairwoman Marybel Batjer stated that she “found the testimony compelling and the regulation repugnant”. Board Member Ramos recognized that “we want to send a message that this Board is not going to stand for this.” Board members’ unanimous vote was met with applause.

Maxine Doogan of the Erotic Service Providers Union said “ this vote sets a important new president that sex workers will now be recognized as having some access to equal protection under the law.”

Justice for sex workers is justice for all

TAKE ACTION Please help us remove California Regulation 649.56

Labornotes Conference in Chicago! April 2014 Calling all Erotic Service Providers! Road Trip!

Resurrect Our Rights Fundraiser: Day of the Dead Celebration Friday November 1st

Sex Workers Rights Approach to Human Trafficking July 24th 2013
July 24 (Wednesday) 6:00 – 8:45 PM PM (Free) Presidio Library – 3150 Sacramento St., SF
Workers Labor Rights Approach to Human Trafficking
It is essential to understand the labor rights approach to prostitution in addressing human trafficking, as the only way law enforcement identifies victims is to conduct costly multi lateral anti prostitution sting operation. This workshop will employ a true/false worksheet for participants to gage their knowledge against actual facts presented.
Topics covered: the political history of the trafficking discourse, the ever-changing definitions and who benefits. The Trafficking Projection Act Report, a tool of sexual and migration oppression on behalf of global capitalist interests.
Presented by Erotic Service Providers Union

Red Umbrella Memoir Writing

Things they say to sex workers-the video

Trainings-Sex Educator Training Classes by San Francisco Sex Information Sign Up NOW

No ON Prop 35 9am Oct 19th, 2012 Oakland Marriott Convention Center-Be there!

Proponents of Prop 35 is the bait and switch that says it wants to help trafficked victims but really its about the proponets profiting off the criminalization of our labor and that is wrong! We know that what prop 35 calls trafficking is really an exploitative work condition of which only equal protection is the win-win solutions not contained in Prop 35. With a title like “Human Trafficking. Penalties. Sex Offender Registration. Initiative Statues,” proponents are betting it will pass without due deliberation by the electorate Vote No On 35

For specific contact for No On 35

noonprop35 (at) gmail.com

Join Facebook group-Oppose Prop 35

Twitter @OpposeProp35

skype noonprop35

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About Erotic Service Providers Union

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The Erotic Service Providers Union (ESPU) seeks to gain agency on by and for all erotic service providers regarding our occupational, social, and economic rights through affiliating with organized labor. An Erotic Service Provider is anyone who is compensated for his or her erotic services or compensated for their support of someone else’s erotic service. By associating with organized labor which is already aware of our common labor rights, we can access support for our rights to negotiate for our labor and work conditions.

On this web site you’ll find information and resources to help educate and better inform erotic service providers about the benefits of organizing, how to get organized, and how to wield the power of collective bargaining.

For more information, email info@espu-ca.org

ESPU Membership Page

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Who is an Erotic Service Provider?

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And Erotic Service Provider is anyone who earns a living from their erotic labor and our support staff.

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