What is “Adult Mutual Aid?”
Adult Mutual Aid is a concept created by Aerie Saunders and Robin LeFay after bouncing a few ideas off of one another during an adult industry convention, Saunders decided an open forum for requesting and supplying mutual aid for sex workers would be a streamlined way to put sex workers in contact with one another to supply or request mutual aid without the concern of vetting applications personally and possibly being unable to provide support for some workers. With the forum, financially or socially privileged sex workers can look for mutual aid requests that they feel align with their morals and values and donate to the sex worker directly through their preferred payment methods.
The forum gives the opportunity for users to donate to causes that they feel strongly for, rather than randomly divvying funds as we see fit. Adult Mutual Aid never handles funds, there is no payment management done by anyone at Adult Mutual Aid, all funds are handled directly between the donator and beneficiary directly.
Why does the adult industry benefit from mutual aid?
There is a stark divide between the top 1% and every other worker in the adult industry and whether you are an online sex worker or full service sex worker trying to make ends meet, this divide can be a constant reminder of ones personal lack of resources especially in the social media driven atmosphere of sex work. Mutual aid provides a common ground for survivalist sex workers to ask for help without fear of judgement that is often received on social media platforms within adult communities. Congregating mutual aid requests in one easy to access location can also make it easier for donators to sort and regularly give to those requesting aid because often times finding donation worthy causes can prove to be a struggle if you are not attached to your phone and on social media all of the time. The industry can benefit from mutual aid as a whole because it provides fortunate workers the ability to spread their earnings to less fortunate workers while knowing that they are keeping their money within the stigmatized community of sex work and giving towards a person that would likely be passed over for assistance in mainstream and vanilla mutual aid funds.