Sex workers knock on doors for Brooklyn political candidate Julia Salazar
When a 41-year-old escort who goes by the name Lana Marciano went from apartment to apartment in Brooklyn as part of a push for sex workers’ rights, she seemed pleased that no one slammed a door in her face.
Marciano was among 35 sex workers and their allies who recently campaigned for a legislative candidate seeking to decriminalize prostitution, the latest example of activism in a community that includes escorts, adult film stars, strippers and phone sex operators.
“People will say that this is radical,” said Julia Salazar, who met with the volunteers as part of her Democratic primary campaign for New York State Senate. “But we all know that it needs to be the norm. And by talking to our communities, by speaking openly about this, we’re getting closer to this becoming the norm.”
Public acceptance is an uphill battle, as evinced by comments from Republican President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani that he doesn’t respect a porn star the way he respects a career woman who “isn’t going to sell her body for sexual exploitation.”