In 2017 I got offered a lifetime opportunity to write a book on sex work, being an activist and human rights defender. The offer came from a well know publishing house called Kwela Books (www.kwela.com) specifically the non-fiction editors department, the agent that reached out to me was Na'eemah Masoet, who can be contacted on this email ([email protected]) for verification of the offer.
The plan was to write 5 chapters for them to be submitted to their book review for 2019 publishing list, I have written 4 of these chapters in a handbook as I do not have a personal laptop that I can work from at home or in my spare time. The due date for the written chapters to reach Na’eemah is November 2018, they do not offer any advances for authors to use, which is why I’m reaching out to fellow sex workers. Unfortunately I cannot share the written chapters until they are copy written and reviewed by the publishing house, but I have attached other means of supporting documents on my activism including my profile for you to read over.
As fellow sex workers, I know you are wondering why as an employed activist and sex worker I would need donations for such and not do sex work to pay for a laptop. The answer is simple in the past two years I have barely done any sex work as I’m jangling both full time activist and human rights defense work nationally and studying towards an LLB degree for Law. Also the studies a quite expensive for me as I don’t qualify for government grants due to criminal record and other factors.
Additionally you would ask what makes my book so unique. The answer is simple in South Africa only three people (former sex workers now called survivors of trafficking) have written about sex or “prostitution”, but all of them from two angles trafficking and the argument for the Nordic model/Swedish Model or to highlight how it is such a “violent” industry and how it’s bad for all women in it.I want to share with the public my reason/ sex workers movement’s reasons for wanting full decriminalization of sex work as in New Zealand. I want to share the nuances and dismantle the black or white perceptions around sex work (dismantling or breaking the line between happy hooker or victim of hooking), I want to share a whole life experience and incidences that are seen under criminalization.
I need 16500, that would cover:
- quality full office programed laptop
- insurance to safeguard that I stay in a dangerous township called Khayelitsha in Cape Town
- data/wifi service on a monthly basis
- transport to library for research
- 1 writing retreat