"White Van" was inspired by a true story, a bad date experienced by a sex worker in downtown Toronto in the summer of 2010.
WARNING: This poem is hard to listen to and it was hard to write as it deals with sexual violence.
I was part of the Bad Date Coalition, a group of current and former sex workers and allies working to make the industry safer for street walking sex workers. I heard the story that inspired "White Van" at a meeting and wrote the poem.
December 17th is The Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers!!!!
Wendy Babcock, a sex worker and missed warrior, loved the poem when I read it to her on the street. Although I read this poem live at an event before Wendy passed on I dedicate this video to her.
Read a letter I wrote to Wendy when she passed away: