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#ProMISSYcuous: Why one dancer is raising money for Sex Workers of Ireland hardship fund

"Sex workers are often excluded from any governmental support, however rent needs to be paid and children need to be fed."

Burlesque dancer Miss Fortune has launched a t-shirt to raise funds for the Sex Workers Alliance of Ireland hardship fund.

The exotic dancer, model and aerial performer is the proud head of Missy Fortune’s Troupe du Jour, an ever evolving ad eclectic group of incredible women (and 1 man) from all walks of life who have found their tribe and with it their confidence.

As a dancer teacher, Missy teaches burlesque and stripper school workshops.

Earlier this week she launched a line of t-shirts to raise money for the Sex Workers Alliance of Ireland.

The alliance work with sex workers across the country to advocate for their rights, provide non-judgemental support and information on everything from sexual health and workers rights to immigration issues.

"Sex work is work," Missy told EMPWR.

"While many see it as degrading, it can be empowering also."

Missy said that while it is popular belief that sex workers are uncomfortable and unhappy with their situation, there are people who love their profession too.

Missy said that sex workers have been putting their health at risk because financially, throughout COVID-19 they've had no choice but to work.

"This is where the Sex Workers Hardship Fund comes into play," she explained.

"With most professions seeing loss of income due to the current pandemic the SW industry is no different. However SW’s are often excluded from any governmental support but rents need to be paid and children need to be fed."

"Debts can accrue very quickly."

"They are appealing for any financial assistance and support from the general public and any funds raised will go directly into the hands of Sex Workers’s through individual emergency payments."

The Sex Workers Alliance of Ireland launched their Hardship Fund in March, in order to support sex workers financially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since then they have been able to give small grants of €100 to over 150 female, male and trans sex workers in Ireland since the beginning of the pandemic.

"Sex workers, most of them working in the informal economy due to the criminalised and stigmatised nature of the work, have in many countries been completely excluded from social and economic aid," they said in a statement.

The #proMISSYcuous brand ‘CENSORSTRIP’  t-shirt are available for €18 plus postage and packaging. All profits are donated directly to the SWAI Hardship Fund

You can contact Missy on Instagram to order yours.

Read more: European NGOs endorse calls for emergency support to sex workers amid COVID-19 crisis

Read more: International Sex Workers Day: Irish government continue to fail sex workers says SWAI

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