My name is Cassandra. I'm a sex worker and crypto enthusiast from Canada.
I've been working on a new sex work agency in Canada. I was the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) regional consultant for Canada, the USA, and the Caribbean for their Community Resource on Stigma and Discrimination faced by Sex Workers living with HIV (http://www.nswp.org/resource/community-guide-stigma-and-discrimination-experienced-sex-workers-living-hiv)
The project really brought me to my knees. I've been a fairly privileged sex worker for about 6 years, interested in it for 10. This piece really showed me how lack of basic human rights, including minimum wages, employee benefits, and other employment standards contributes to sex workers being treated poorly and experience mind-blowingly awful harassment and violence from society and police.
So my project is Maison LeChat (http://www.maisonlechat.com) and myself along with 4 other friends who are long term sex workers are the founding members of the Cottontail Group (http://www.cottontailgroup.com). We're running MLC with unheard of supports like education and training, minimum wages, benefits, decent work hours (8 hours or under), and bodily autonomy on their presentation.
Employee wages are hella expensive so I've fallen back into Cryptocurrency as a way to push the boundaries of an often legally tricky business (Sex work) and share the really good money to be made by doing ethical sex work.
We've created the LECHAT token asset on Counterparty. It is purchasable with BTC, ETH, or DOGE currently. There are 1000 tokens in all. 500 were set aside for us (the founding and contributing members) as well as for employee hires (as part of profit sharing which will help other sex workers get a decent source of passive income in lieu of being abe to get employment insurance). 500 are being made available for purchase. We started off by just manually doing the work (we're ethereum enthusiasts and wanted to see how that developed) but after only a couple of days of hanging out by Let's Talk Bitcoin, we're so down with Counterparty
Currently tokens are available for purchase through:
- The Vending Machine: https://coinvend.io/lechat
- Swapbot: https://swapbot.tokenly.com/bot/darkmooncity/lechat-swap-kitty
- Counterparty Exchange: https://wallet.counterwallet.io/#pages/exchange.html - LECHAT/XCP
Each token is $100 USD each at this moment. That might increase as the business develops and the value goes up.
Maison LeChat opens on February 1st, 2016. We've got a location secured. Starting March 1st and for every month after, the profits from house fees (fees - expenses) will be split between the holders of LECHAT tokens. Any unsold tokens will remain in the house kitty and be used towards employee benefits and the like.
There's a thread here on BitcoinTalk: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1303205.0