On Dec. 17, individuals around the world came together to remember and honor the lives of those in the sex work industry who have lost their lives to violence.
Known as the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, the annual day of recognition and remembrance marked its 11th anniversary.
Sex workers continue to face disproportionate levels of violence and discrimination in a number of ways, including physical or sexual assault, or stigma attached to their identity based on their line of work.
Sponsored by Eros.com, the world's largest adult entertainer directory, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers attempts to bring visibility to the experiences of individuals employed in this industry. Eros marked the day of remembrance by hosting events throughout the country and donating a percentage of its income to SWOP, the Sex Worker's Outreach Project, a national social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of sex workers and their communities.
(The story continues below this slideshow of some sex workers killed in 2013)
"Adult entertainers deserve the right to work with the same safety and dignity as other professionals in our society," said Stormi Mountain, a spokesperson for Eros.com and long-time advocate for adult entertainers, in a statement to The Huffington Post. "We hope that by partnering with SWOP and other organizations, we can help raise awareness about hate crimes within both the community and among the general public."
For more information of the Day of Remembrance and how you can help fight stigma against those in the sex work industry, visit this website.