University of Wisconsin–Madison

Meaningful Work: Transgender Experiences in the Sex Trade

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level National, State
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Education, Health, Housing, Public Safety
Transgender people overall experience high levels of discrimination in every area of life, as well as high levels of poverty, unemployment, homelessness, negative interactions with police, incarceration, and violent victimization. As a result, many transgender people participate in the sex trade in order to earn income or as an alternative to relying on homeless shelters and food banks. The criminalizing and stigmatizing of sex work in the United States can worsen the discrimination and marginalization that transgender people already face in society. This report analyzes data to support these claims, and provides recommendations for what policy makers, legislators, and the community can do to help.

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