Prince George County Police Department announced that it will live tweet a prostitution sting next week.
HIPS and other community activists are standing up and saying this is a bad call. Join HIPS in protest of PGPD’s plan. Help do something real beyond shaming sex workers and increasing their risk of violence. Support effective responses to violence, coercion and the health issues faced by individuals engaged in sex work and against the failed methods of increased criminalization.
Make a pledge to HIPS for each tweet made by @PGPDNews that is part of their live sting coverage. Instead of incarceration, help HIPS provide non-judgemental support, services and advocacy. We will put that money directly into helping people reduce violence, improve health and create options.
Here’s how the pledge works: You’ll click below and enter how much you want to pledge per tweet – $0.50, $1, $5, etc… After the sting we’ll tally the total number of tweets made by @PGPDNews. We’ll let you know the total amount of your pledge based on the number of tweets.
Here’s how HIPS will use your donations:
$8 – the cost of a health screening for a sex worker including an HIV or Hepatitis C test
$20 – the cost of gas for one overnight of outreach services
$50 – provides one counseling session that can link sex workers to legal, medical and housing services
$100 – a week’s worth of job readiness and skills training for sex workers
Donate and help us change lives.
There are other ways you can help too! Log onto Twitter and use the hashtags #PGPDVice and #RightsNotArrest to voice your concerns over this proposed program by PG County Police Department.
Let’s show the community we are committed to making a real difference!