Traffic Jam: Sex Workers Take Sides in the Sex Trafficking Debate

Siouxsie Q.
3 min readFeb 12, 2022

by Siouxsie Q March 5, 2014

“Teens sold for sex aren’t prostitutes, they’re rape victims.” That’s what the billboard just a few blocks from my house reads. I live in West Oakland near San Pablo Avenue, where the reality of minors in the sex industry is on my doorstep. The Bay Area, especially Alameda County, was recently named one of the nation’s top sites for child sex trafficking.

I’m an independent sex worker. I love my job, partially because no one forces me to do it. I make my own hours…

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Siouxsie Q.

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