This week's radical is Juhu Thukral, a lawyer, human rights activist, and serial social justice organizer. She is a founding member of the New York Anti-Trafficking Network and an advocate for the legal rights of sex workers.
In our conversation we dive into the complex nuances surrounding sex work and human trafficking, the coercive nature of labor, and what it takes to see the mission towards protecting human rights through.
Some Questions I Ask:
What are you working on during the pandemic? (0:54)How did you start the New York Anti-Trafficking Network, and what is the intersection between sex work and human trafficking? (6:53)When did you come to the US, and where in the US did you grow up? (17:43)What did you study at Rice University? (21:02)How did the NYC Women’s Salons start? (30:40)How is advocacy is rooted in bravery? (38:55)
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
About creating the world’s first legal project around the human rights of sex workers (2:09)Why coercion in labor is bigger than sex work, and exists in the mainstream economy too (9:01)How clients are allies in the fight for the rights of sex workers (13:39)The importance of balancing the big picture with the day-to-day operations (24:08)How Juhu’s early post-law school career led to working with sex workers (27:38)About the origins of Apsara Projects, Juhu’s newest venture 34:29)
Juhu's Articles for HuffPost
Juhu on Twitter
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