Mama Cash's online exhibit 'Out from Under' showcases issues, voices, stories, and perspectives from the global sex workers’ human rights movement.
Sex workers are severely stigmatised as workers and human beings. Since the early 1970s, determined and courageous sex workers have been collectively organising in spite of the sometimes extreme consequences they face for speaking out.
In 1985, Mama Cash began giving travel grants to sex worker activists attending their first world conventions and conferences. Today, Mama Cash is more strongly committed than ever to supporting sex workers’ rights organisations in their efforts to change laws, hearts, and minds.
In 1973, American-born Margo St. James founds the activist organisation COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) in San Francisco. Not only sex workers, but journalists, attorneys, politicians, and even former police officers join St. James in calling for sex workers' rights and for an end to violence against sex workers. Sex workers in other cities across the US are inspired to organise and demand their rights.