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Over the course of my stripping career, I used the internet — from Usenet, early on, to Twitter — to find and exchange information about my job and my industry.When stripper forums made it easy to talk to other strippers in other cities, we shared stories about how management would tell us, accurately, depending on the jurisdiction, that things like giving a phone number to customers or giving a lap dance could get us hit with a prostitution charge if undercover cops were in the club.Decades later, June 2 is still recognized as International Whores’ Day by sex workers’ rights groups.
In addition to legal pressures, dancers were fighting the kinds of problems faced by independent contractors long before “gig economy” became a common phrase.
The platforms don’t want to wait to find out how broadly law enforcement will interpret the law, so they shut down rather than risk a prosecution.
The threat to online community has brought dancers into sex worker activism in huge numbers.
Forty-three years ago, 100 prostitutes occupied a church in Lyon, France, for an eight-day strike.
With the help of the Catholic Church, they, along with women in five other French cities, took refuge in protected sacred spaces and spoke out against police abuses of sex workers.
Today, that’s the most common working relationship between dancers and clubs: Dancers pay for the right to perform and earn tips, with the cost varying from club to club.