About PONY

PONY (Prostitutes of New York) was formed in 1976 by Jean Powell.

We are a support group for all sex workers, whether current, former or transitioning.  Our members come from every part of the industry.  We have worked in the streets,  clubs, agencies, bordellos, bedrooms, peep shows, BDSM parlors and other sex markets of New York.

Our friends include local attorneys, human rights workers, needle exchange advocates, educators and researchers, health care professionals, drug policy reformers and people who buy sex.

PONY has a lot of dance partners. During the last four decades we have been friendly with numerous organizations and projects, including: Gay Activists Alliance, Judson Memorial Church, Gran Fury, New York Civil Liberties Union,  Gay Men’s Health Crisis, SWANK, FROSTD, Open Society Institute, Come Again Erotic Emporium, New Museum of Contemporary Art, WBAI, The LGBT Community Center, International Committee for Prostitutes’ Rights, COYOTE, SWOP, CORP, Desiree Alliance, $PREAD Magazine, and the Urban Justice Center.*

PONY is a member of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects.  We stand for the repeal of  anti-prostitution laws, an end to raids and arrests based on ethnic profiling, freedom from violence and the right to earn a living from sex work.

*We thank everyone at the UJC Sex Workers Project for their support and legal advice.  PONY’s bio is a work in progress. Watch this space!

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    A lot of damage occured to my vehicle while parked in the same parking lot as the clubhouse police substation in The Fountains at Lake Orlando apartment community,vandalism on both car doors -a 535i BMW whereas the service for repairs were done at Stage Two Automotive – the doors were slim jimmed -repairs to electronic locks was $165 was side.

    vehicle #thefts twitdoc.com/3Z89 RICO/Auto Parts,parts on theft,desecration of property,mechanic fraud,complaint Stage 3 Detail by Entity Name Florida Profit Corporation STAGE 3 AUTOMOTIVE, INC Filing Information Document Number P14000090694 FEI/EIN Number 47-1810028 (also registered as NumberP14000090694FEI/EIN Number47-1810028Date)Date Filed 11/05/2014 Effective Date 10/29/2014 State FL Status ACTIVE Principal Address 5240 W COLONIAL DR. ORLANDO, FL 32808 Mailing Address 5240 W COLONIAL DR. ORLANDO, FL 32808 Registered Agent Name & Address SAUNDERS, WARCHENE N 517 DELANEY AVE. 2B ORLANDO, FL 32801 Officer/Director Detail Name & Address Title P SAUNDERS, WARCHENE N 517 DELANEY AVE. 2B ORLANDO, FL 32801 Title VP RILEY, KESHAWN D 1826 ORCHARD PARK DR. OCOEE, FL 34761 Title S RILEY, LAUREN P 1826 ORCHARD PARK DR. OCOEE, FL 34761 Title T RILEY, OMAR K 1826 ORCHARD PARK DR. OCOEE, FL 34761 Annual Reports Report Year Filed Date 2015 04/06/2015

    Who would pay for a K9 Alarm system, all the repairs, and the mechanic got $1000 reimbursement from his business & causality losses/insurance claim (which he supposedly left this $1000 part in the vehicle WHERE HE PARKED)? I NEVER GOT TO USE THE ALARM SYSTEM I PAID FOR. NEVER GOT THE DIAGNOSTIC FROM A SECOND MECHANIC BECAUAllbriGE TWO DID NOT SEND THE VEHICLE KEYS WITH THE VEHICLE WHEN IT WAS TOWED TO A SECOND SHOP TO VALIDATE THAT THE STRAL SEAL DIDN’T RESOLVE A HEAD GASKET PROBLEM, REDOING THE TOP HEADS BOTH $$400 REPAIRS EACH JOB-$800 IN ENGINE WORK SUPPOSEDLY DID NOT REPAIR A PROBLEM THAT AROSE AFTER ALL THESE OTHER REPAIRS LISTED AND PAID FOR AT OMAR’S SHOP.THE VEHICLE WENT INTO OMAR RILEY’S SHOP WITH NEW CALIPERS AND ROTORS $600 WORTH OF UNDERBODY FROM ACTION GATOR ALONE.WHICH WERE VISIBLE MOST LIKELY IN HIS INSPECTION. ( vehical history, BMW WBAHD2317K2091635 http://twitdoc.com/3Z89 RICO/Vehicle

    Theft/Auto Parts,original owner/seller Frank Furino the Owner of MAACO 917 Mercy Dr, Orl,FL32808).

    In addition to getting paid for servicing two other vehicles BTW 2007-2008 including my Ford 87 Crown Victoria (purchased 70759249 2FABP74F0HX197346 1987 FORD) a Ford Explorer 1991- both ignition key and the Ford repairs to it after a steering column vandalism job while the vehicle was sitting at Kim(Elizabeth) Carter’s place of business, prior to my purchase 2008 (JAN.) Allbrite Aluminum ($1500 sale)

    That includes a steering column installation fee he charged after U purchased the parts fro A-Z Salvage, also off Overland Road, Apopka, Florida & fuel pumps, water pumps repeated incidence of vandalism. Totaling three running invoices for three vehicles. Not repair jobs he thought no one would want the vehicles afterwards. All three stolen while in his care or within the vicinity of his shop where he parked them.

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  5. Sheila Shaw
    Dec 09, 2018 @ 03:24:04

    Lawsuit. Civil Liability. FRAUD & Harassment. THIS
    IS “CYBERSTALKER” WENT THRU MY GOOGLE DOCS AND EMAILS READING ALL MY ACADEMIC DOCUMENT RESEARCH THAT I INCLUDED IN MY BLOG THEN TARGET HATE ACTS AND DEFAMATORY HARASSMENT TOWARDS EXPLOITING MY KIDS AS AN EXCUSE WHEN NO CRIME HAS BEEN COMMITTED THEN STALKED ME FROM 2011 TO 2018.

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  6. Joel
    May 01, 2018 @ 22:27:15

    Hello,

    My name is Joel. I am a student at the Silberman School of Social Work. I am hoping that who ever is reading this might be able to help me with a project. My group and I are trying to connect with sex workers, particularly in New York, though we are not limited to this area. We want to better understand the strengths and challenges sex workers may face and reflect on methods of support as future social workers. Any help, advice, or resources would also be greatly appreciated. If you are interest, please send an email at Joel.Cruz14@myhunter.cuny.edu

    All the best,
    Joel Cruz

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  7. Judy Castro
    Apr 23, 2018 @ 09:48:19

    Is this organization still in effect?

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  16. Lori Durham, Women & Gender Studies Graduate Student
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 13:42:41

    Dr. Lacey Sloan with the College of Staten Island is participating in my thesis research project on sex workers, and suggested I contact PONY as a possible participant. Below is my introductory participation request. I would love the opportunity to speak with someone at PONY, and include your insight. My contact information is listed below.

    Best regards,
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    My name is Lori Durham. I am a graduate student in the Women and Gender Studies Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro currently writing my master’s thesis focused on learning about the stories of people engaged or previously engaged in sex work. I have chosen to look at the sex worker experience through the lens of third-parties – professionals and advocates who are or have worked with sex workers.

    I believe the insight of a third-party will allow me to learn more about the reasons people become sex workers. Rather than focus just on street prostitution, I want to include a range of sex worker roles, e.g. street prostitutes, strippers, massage parlors, escort services, etc., in my research by using a diverse pool of participants from the fields of social work, mental health providers, law enforcement, and sex worker advocates.

    I am requesting your participation in this important research, and request that you to forward this to anyone in the fields of social work, mental health provider, law enforcement, or sex worker advocate you think may be interested in participating. Respondents will participate in a 60-90 minute interview either in person, by telephone, or Skype. The interview is confidential; thus the names of organizations and individuals will not be disclosed in the data collected.

    I would appreciate an opportunity to talk with you about this project and explain it further. You can reach me by email at lalewis4@uncg.edu or by phone at 336-403-0755.

    Respectfully,

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  24. Gia
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 13:58:29

    I commend your efforts. And indeed will offer my support. My name is Gia, a former high-end booker (i was one of those arrested in the multi-million dollar agency bust in brooklyn) I am not bitter or in denial about any of my choices, but i do take issue with the “laws” They do not seem to apply too all. As far as i know none of the “clients” (although they where the ones whom patronized & spent the millions) are enduring any of the criminal process. Yet I am for talking to them. Where’s the justice in that. If i’m guilty, I shouldn’t be baring that guilt alone, is al i’m saying.
    So Yes ! People like me need a voice. Thank You!

    I will also be a guest writter on my girlfriends Dinah Blog (another former booker whom retired before all of these high profile bust) Although she left, she never forgot. And began to council. She has been my strength during this ordeal.

    http://highendescortbookerblogs.blogspot.com

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