What you need to know about a sex worker’s new job
Minneapolis escorts are popping up across the city in droves, and they’re making their mark.
But it’s unclear how they’re being paid, and whether they’re getting the best deals.
Ars Technic reports that a new ordinance requires all escorts to pay the same minimum wage as their counterparts in the city’s escort industry.
The ordinance was signed by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges on Wednesday, and the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) has already begun enforcing it.
“We know that Minneapolis escort businesses, whether they are licensed or not, have a hard time making ends meet and can’t afford to pay minimum wage,” Hodges said in a statement.
“This ordinance aims to protect our cities employees, which includes everyone from the city to the homeless, while ensuring that they are compensated fairly and fairly for their work.”
This is an important shift, considering that Minnesota has been a haven for sex work since the mid-1990s.
The number of people using escorts has been steadily increasing over the past two decades, and many of the cities most famous locations are now seeing an uptick in the number of clients.
Last year, the Minneapolis Downtown Transit Authority (MCTA) began charging $10 an hour for escorts and other sex workers, while Minneapolis Mayor Ryola Clark has said that she’d like to see it extended to all escort workers in the metro area.
But many in the sex work community are worried that Minneapolis’s ordinance will mean less safe, more unsafe places for sex workers.
“The reality is that Minneapolis is a city where the law and social stigma is still strong,” Melissa Smith, founder of the Minneapolis Sex Workers Alliance, told Ars.
“So, when the MCTA makes a policy change that puts people at risk, I think it’s a dangerous precedent to set.”
The MCTAs policy changes aren’t the only changes coming to Minneapolis in the next few months.
On February 16, the city will begin enforcing its new ordinance, which is also on the books in Seattle, Portland, Washington, and other cities across the country.
It will make it illegal to have sex in public spaces without a licensed escort, and it will make the hiring of an escort or escort services a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.
This law is the most comprehensive of any city in the country, and is part of a nationwide movement to increase the safety of sex workers and decriminalize their work.
The MMTAs policy is a major change, and a major blow to a community that has been fighting for decades to improve their lives.
But sex workers aren’t just fighting to improve safety; they’re fighting to protect themselves.
Smith told Ars that she was inspired to start the Minneapolis group after watching a documentary called My City’s Sex Workers: The Truth Behind the Story, which tells the story of a group of sex worker activists in Seattle who were fired from their jobs after they were arrested for engaging in prostitution.
They were accused of soliciting people for sex in order to gain employment.
Smith said that Seattle has a similar policy, but the city has been much less successful in protecting sex workers’ safety than Minneapolis.
“It’s important to remember that there’s an ongoing debate in Seattle and other parts of the country about whether or not to criminalize prostitution,” Smith said.
“In Minneapolis, it’s not a conversation that is being discussed, and I think that speaks to a bigger issue here.”
The city is also considering banning massage parlors and private rooms from being rented by people who have an escort license, but that proposal hasn’t gained enough support to pass.
“If we’re going to have a conversation about safe sex, we need to have the conversation about prostitution as well,” Smith told us.
“I think Minneapolis is the place to start.”