Who We Are
Hacking//Hustling is a collective of sex workers, survivors, and accomplices working at the intersection of tech and social justice to interrupt state surveillance and violence facilitated by technology.
Redefining technologies to uplift survival strategies that build safety without prisons or policing.
Hacking//Hustling works to abolish carceral technologies and build the capacity of sex workers and survivors to create new technologies that increase safety. Our work explodes the definition of technology to include harm reduction models: community-based research, mutual aid, organizing, art, and any/all tools sex workers and survivors develop to mitigate state, workplace, and interpersonal violence and thrive.
Hacking//Hustling Principles of Unity
- We oppose the use of technology to enable state violence, including state surveillance cameras, law enforcement body cameras, sex offender registries, electronic monitoring, facial recognition technologies, and policing. We oppose all forms of oppression by state and non-state actors, recognizing the state as the central organizer of violence that oppresses people in the sex trades.
- We understand technology to be more than the Internet and digital interfaces/devices.
- We understand sex workers to be originators of new technologies and methods of keeping each other safe. These new technologies include early adoption of online platforms, sharing of online and physical bad date lists, safe calls, protest safety protocols, street art, art and cultural ephemera, and all harm reduction strategies.
- We center the experiences, voices, and needs of people who trade sex by choice, circumstance, or coercion, and understand the overlap in these communities. We respect every person’s autonomy in defining their own experiences.
- We do not align ourselves with violence of the Non-Profit Industrial complex which has enabled a schism between people who trade sex by choice, circumstance or coercion for its own profit and political gains.
- We build connections between liberation struggles opposing racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, cissexism, ableism, capitalism, and all forms of oppression.
- We promote shared leadership and collective decision-making. Using transparent structures for decision-making and conflict resolution, we work to be accountable to these principles not only in our public facing work but in our organizational practices.
- We will not accept any federal or state funding for Hacking//Hustling activities.