by Furry Girl

07.06.11

Until they notice and modify it, any tweet with the word "trafficking" is posted on the front page of demiandashton.org, a celebrity foundation that conflates child sex slavery and consensual adult sex work.  They will no doubt start screening featured tweets soon, so jump on it now.  This bug/feature has been used by sex workers' rights supporters since about noon on Wednesday, and is still in effect, please use it to post real information about trafficking and sex work, such as:

Video: SEX WORKERS WANT TO STOP TRAFFICKING http://bit.ly/goDVC7

Videos from sex workers in developing world often cover how anti-trafficking orgs harm them http://sexworkerspresent.blip.tv

Learn about real trafficking issues from researcher Laura Agustín: http://www.lauraagustin.com

Want to help trafficking victims? Don't give your money to celebs, give it to shelters like Youthcare: http://bit.ly/qlW5eJ

The clients of sex workers are not boogeymen hoping to rape children. They don't deserve to be lumped in with trafficking.

Sex workers support the fight against trafficking. See a list of our own orgs here: http://www.swaay.org/groups.html

Guerilla warfare is about small groups going up against a strong, larger enemy, and using that large enemy's own resources against them.  Come participate in some electronic guerilla warfare that uses these celeb's fame to tell the world what's actually going on about sex work and human trafficking.  Hat tip to @iamcuriousblue for pointing out the Twitter widget on Kutcher's site, which was ripe for re-purposing once I figured out that it posts anything mentioning the T-word.

The long-term question is, after the site gets modified to exclude criticism, how can sex workers' rights supporters use Kutcher's fame campaign against him to publicize truths about sex work and how to really help trafficking victims?

Update: Belle de Jour suggested buying up misspellings of the domain and pointing them at better resources.  I bought DemiNAshton.org/.com, which are now forwarding to SWAAY.org.  Viviane suggested keeping an eye on these charity event calendars if we're looking for DNA events to protest: CharityHappenings.org and Eventful.com.  If anyone knows of an upcoming event/appearance for Kutcher/Moore/the DNA Foundation, please share the info so it can be met with a sex worker-led protest!





9 Comments

  1. Register common misspellings of their domain, and set pointers to SWAAY or Laura Agustin?

    Comment by Belle de Jour — July 7, 2011 @ 4:11 am

  2. What a great idea! I've passed this on to both listservs I'm on, and added it in a comment on my own column about Ashtoon from yesterday. :-0

    Comment by Maggie McNeill — July 7, 2011 @ 11:00 am

  3. Belle: Great idea! I went and bought DemiNAshton.org/.com. If I had heaps of extra cash, I'd buy more, but perhaps they trained people with the acronym DNA into thinking their domain has an "n" instead of "and."

    Comment by Furry Girl — July 7, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

  4. Would you like me to share this with the owner of Village Voice Media/ backpage? I am working directly with him on their campaign against the prohibitionists...I won't forward this link unless you give me permission to do so...
    Norma Jean Almodovar
    ISWFACE/COYOTELA

    Comment by Norma Jean Almodovar — July 7, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

  5. Hi Norma! Thanks for commenting on my blog. You're totally welcome to share the link.

    Comment by Furry Girl — July 7, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

  6. As you mentioned on Twitter, having some idea of where they plan to turn up next could be useful for a demo.

    Comment by Belle de Jour — July 7, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

  7. As long as I can get a reasonable amount of notice, I'd love to travel and/or organize for a sex worker-led demo against the DNA Foundation. Their site and Twitter feed is conspicuously absent of upcoming events, only reporting on past events.

    Comment by Furry Girl — July 7, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

  8. Gosh. You'd almost think they didn't fancy meeting their fans!

    Comment by Belle de Jour — July 7, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

  9. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing#Link_manipulation

    Comment by sadfgas — July 8, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

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