Sweet Run 2016: We Need You!

In Portland, a team of volunteers are meeting for a group run. They have committed to raise money and awareness in order to offer tangible resources to people who have been sex trafficked, and those working in the adult industry. All of them have busy schedules and plenty of commitments, and they could have used another couple of hours of sleep, but it’s a small sacrifice of time and effort for something they believe in. They know every dollar they raise is making a difference. In Las Vegas a woman is lacing up her running shoes and stretching. She has a half-marathon coming up in October, and she’s ready to tackle a five mile training run. Running and fundraising are hard for her, but...


World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Today marks the United Nations World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Human trafficking has come to the forefront of social justice causes in the last 10 years, and for good reason - trafficking human beings, for labor or sex, is a horrific violation of human rights and a form of modern-day slavery. We stand with the many organizations working tirelessly to end human trafficking around the world and applaud their efforts, but we saw an unmet need for providing resources and support to these courageous survivors as they take their next steps into the world. We want to share with you some of the ways The Cupcake Girls are fighting human trafficking. Some of us have been in the adult...


Summer Self-Care & Wellness Day

For some people, summer is the time for beach vacations, sightseeing, swimming, and BBQs. For others, however, the summer can be a stressful time - kids are home from school and it’s challenging to find events to keep them busy and happy for 3 months. Work can be slow for many industries in the summer months, and the heat itself can be dangerous and stressful for everyone. We rarely make time for self-care in our busy lives, but it's truly essential for having a full and well-rounded life. In the event that you are a primary caregiver (especially to children or elderly adults), if you aren’t taking care of your own needs, you have nothing left to provide to others. It’s essential to...


I Am Someone - International Sex Worker Day

Everyday around the world, hundreds of thousands of people are employed in the sex industry. Many who are in need are often judged based on what they have chosen, or have been forced to do, as their line of work. These women are our coworkers, our friends, our family, and most of all, they are human beings. They are individuals with the right to work, the right to better their lives, the right to health, and the right to safety. They should be able to stand and say, "I AM SOMEONE."  Today, June 2nd is International Sex Worker Day, which began in 1975 in Lyon, France. As an organization that works closely with sex workers on a daily basis, we want to stand in solidarity. These...


Mental Health Awareness Month

450 million people worldwide suffer from mental health conditions* 60 percent of those people go untreated* Let’s just take a minute and soak in those numbers... Four Hundred Fifty Million people...which means that it’s likely that many people close to us suffer with mental health conditions. Sixty Percent...which means that people we love are not getting the care they need to live their best lives. Doesn’t that anger you? May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we at The Cupcake Girls are not only deeply angered by these stats, we are committed to doing something about it. Last year, we had the privilege of giving out $21,600 in mental health services to our clients. We also...


Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Below are some staggering statistics that none of us should be comfortable with. Every 107 seconds, someone is sexually assaulted in the U.S.68% of sexual assaults go unreported1 in 6 women is a victim of sexual assault The damage from sexual assault trauma is difficult and we are unwavering in our commitment to providing our clients with the support and resources they need as they work through the healing process. According to recent statistics, victims of sexual assault are: 26x more likely to abuse drugs13x more likely to abuse alcohol6x more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder4x more likely to contemplate suicide3x more...


One Day I Will

Madeleine Albright once said, "It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent." Throughout history, women have had to fight to be fully recognized as equal and valuable human beings. Today, on International Women’s Day, we remember and honor that struggle. Although we are available to anyone in the adult industry, the majority of our clients are women, and we work tirelessly every day to help them become empowered...to help them find their voice in a world that often tries to drown them out. The inspiring and dynamic author and poet, Maya Angelou, was a sex worker and madam. Her life experiences shaped her and she openly shared about...


Be My Valentine

Valentine’s Day is usually recognized as a romantic holiday; it’s a relational holiday, seeming to require validation from another to be complete. But what if Valentine’s Day and Lent this year weren’t just about being loved by another -- what if the greatest gift of all was realizing you loved yourself? Please join us in celebrating a new tradition, Be My Valentine, in which you ask yourself this of yourself and not just another. Start on Valentine’s Day...then keep going! Make time each day to do at least one kind thing for yourself and celebrate it, because you deserve your own love. Here are some no-cost ideas to get you started: Have your coffee “to stay” instead of “to...


AVN: Caring for Entertainers at the "Porn Show"

Every January, AVN hosts the largest adult entertainment expo in the world in Las Vegas, NV, attended this year by more than 500 entertainers, 30,000 fans...and 49 staff and volunteers from The Cupcake Girls. While the entertainers are in town to focus on building their business, we’re there for the opportunity to care for them. Now in our fifth year hosting an entertainers-only relaxation suite, we were thrilled this year to offer more than 350 clients compassionate, agenda-less care. Our spa professionals traveled from all over the country to provide hair and makeup services, and this year we added a fresh smoothie bar, provided thousands of snacks and cups of coffee, and hosted a...


Human Trafficking Exists Everyday

The Cupcake Girls serves individuals across all realms of sex work, and while many adult entertainers choose their profession, we’ve seen an alarming increase over the past few years in the number of our clients who are victims of sex trafficking. Based on self-reporting (i.e. the real numbers are likely even higher), as of the end of 2015, approximately 20% of our clients were actively being sex trafficked, or had been at one time. According to the U.S. Department of State, human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry behind illegal drugs and arms trade, and the figures are alarming: 20-30 million people are currently being trafficked worldwide600,000 to 800,000...