The War against Sex Work and the Manipulation of “Sex Trafficking”

CarolActivist and artist Carol Leigh (who coined the term “sex worker”) succinctly breaks down the problems with the anti-trafficking movement/industry on Open Democracy.

The article is a quick and readable tour through oppressive policies against sex workers, which are often pushed forward under the false premise of “sex trafficking” and “human trafficking.”

“…the analysis of the historical development of contemporary anti-trafficking policies is crucial to understanding the escalating criminalization and stigmatization of sex workers,” she writes.  And then points out that we need to overhaul “any legal framework centered on ‘crime’, rather than on rights…”

She also indicates the widespread global humanitarian opposition to the sex trafficking panic.

“Sex workers have long explained that one of the many conditions needed to prevent the abuses often conflated as ‘trafficking’ is the decriminalisation of sex work. This principle is supported by Human Rights Watch the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, the United Nations Development Programme, UN Women and UNAIDS,among a growing list of international bodies.”

Since porn performers are sex workers, since many have some experience in other forms of sex work, and since sex trafficking laws often overlap with anti-porn sentiment/legislation, this is a must-read primer on oppression for anyone involved in the adult industry.

Read the entire article here.




Preparing for your Taxes Panel
Veruca James, APAC Treasurer, hosted a panel on March 1, 2015 about adult industry tax preparation.  Prior to joining the adult entertainment industry three years ago, Ms. James worked as a CPA in Illinois in the public and private accounting sectors.  Her knowledge of accounting issues and experience in the adult industry provided a medium for performers and the guest speaker, David Beider, to connect on relevant tax issues facing performers.

David Beider, California Licensed CPA, has 34 years of experience in accounting, including small business (corporations, LLC’s, partnerships, sole proprietorships) and individual taxes, bookkeeping, IRS audit representation, accounting and entity formations.  David has operated an adult entertainment industry specific tax firm,, for 20 years. He has an in-depth understanding of the nuances of earning income and paying expenses pertaining to the adult entertainment industry.

Veruca and David began the presentation with a skit about the types of income an adult performer might earn and which forms of income would be considered taxable.  The demonstration provided an example of what a typical first meeting might go like between a performer and their accountant.  Topics included what to do when you don’t receive all of your 1099s, differences between 1099s and W-2s, cash deposits, and ways to track your income for tax purposes.  Veruca provided an excel spreadsheet template that she has found helpful in tracking income and scenes.

A step by step guide to preparing for your meeting with your tax accountant was also provided.  It included important documents to acquire, figures to calculate, and a listing of potential expenses/deductions to calculate and present to your accountant.
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