We are the Bay Area Pros Support (BAPS) a group of Bay Area advocates that fight for the health, safety, and livelihoods of sex workers in the wake of  Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act and Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (FOSTA/SESTA) legislation. These laws took away the online marketplace where workers advertise and vet their clients. Because sex work and sex trafficking are conflated, continuously, this hurts sex workers while doing literally nothing to actually prevent exploitation or “trafficking” in the sex trade. While our government is busy legislating against us, WE are organizing our community resources, skill-sets, knowledge, and power to set up community care systems.

It is our goal to provide sex worker communities:

  1. Support, information & resources. You are not alone

  2. Providing immediate relief/connections for emergency needs

  3. Creating strategic action around sex worker safety, media advocacy, and policy

BAPS recognizes & welcomes diversity within all sex workers. We believe in the importance and power of intersectionality within our communities. We are an anti-racist, anti-transphobia, anti-whorephobia organization, pledging to always do better.  

Sex worker justice is inherently tied to the justice of Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ, disabled, undocumented, poor or low-income, and drug using communities. We live in a time where civil liberties are threatened by legislation and doctrine. From net neutrality, Black Lives Matter, the Bay’s housing crisis, to immigration laws, marginalized groups are experiencing heightened levels of persecution and violence. It is crucial that we recognize sex workers within these struggles.
— Arabelle Raphael and Maxine Holloway, BAPS founders & Bay Area sex worker advocates