About us

The English Collective of Prostitutes is a self-help organisation of sex workers, working both on the street and in premises, with a national network throughout the UK. We campaign for the decriminalisation of prostitution, for sex workers’ rights and safety, and for resources to enable people to get out of prostitution if they want to.

Since 1975, the English Collective of Prostitutes has been campaigning for the abolition of the prostitution laws which criminalize sex workers and our families, and for economic alternatives and higher benefits and wages.

No woman, child or man should be forced by poverty or violence into sex with anyone. We provide information, help, and support to individual prostitute women and others who are concerned with sex workers’ human, civil, legal and economic rights.

The English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) and the US PROStitutes Collective (US PROS) are part of the International Prostitutes Collective. We are in touch with sex workers all over the world. The situation of those of us in countries of the South and those of us who work the streets, often Black women, other women of colour and/or immigrant women, has always been our starting point.

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This is what the International Prostitutes Collective stands for:

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Our history: Church Occupation 1982

6 thoughts on “About us

  1. I agree with you philosophically, but have a slhgitly different view. Came across quite a few teenage (and probably a few younger than that) prostitutes in my time working the street. Never, ever heard of one that was working for herself. Most were forced into it by pimps who threatened bodily harm to them or their families. That is, if they were lucky enough to have family. Once this starts its not prostitution but sexual slavery. It’s hard to articulate the amount of psychological intimidation. Along the lines of a good, sick, symbiotic domestic violence relationship with gang rape thrown in. (If you haven’t seen it, I recommend the documentary American Pimp. Made me wanna throw up.) Up entry into the “profession” most are beaten, then told it will be worse if they disobey or try to leave. You worked the street, you know how this works.Agreed that prostitution can’t be stopped & we’d better use resources regulating as opposed to prosecuting. But it’s difficult to make a case that people who a)can’t legally consent to sex with an adult and b)can’t even register to vote can legally/lawfully engage in the profession, all aforementioned issues aside. I have a nice litmus test for prostitution: If the person engaged in prostitution is allowed or able to leave the profession anytime they want to it’s legit.Sgt. T

  2. I am a new worker in this industry (high-class escorting and occasional cam work), and I chose this work due to the low hours and high pay as I am currently paying my way through my postgraduate university degree. It was a difficult decision to make as I am in a relationship which fortunately so far has not been compromised by my work. I am incredibly pleased and thankful for organisations such as this one and once my website is built, I will be more than happy to display a banner with a link to your website for my visitors.

    In response to the first comment on this blog, I understand that many people are forced to work in this industry against their will and as sorry for those people as I am, this is not the only industry where forced labour is common and prolific. I choose to do this of my own free will, I work for nobody but myself and the money I earn is not spent on drugs or alcohol.

    I am absolutely all for the decriminalisation of sex work, but concerned about the level of taxes which would be levied on sex workers to compensate for the compromisation of the general British attitude toward prostitution. It absolutely SHOULD remain a highly paid industry but I fear that privilege would be removed by the Government and brought in line with ‘regular’ jobs, which would degrade women even more than the current attitude toward sex work in the UK

  3. I can’t believe something like yourselves exists ! I’m very pleasantly surprised! I worked in the sex industry from aged 17 to aged 30 , from starting as a escort then having my own agency through to working in a brothel and eventually ending up on the streets for the last 8 yrs !
    I began working purely for financial reasons but things changed for me after I was attacked by a client and subsequently began using class a drugs as a way to cope and to enable me to continue working after the attack – it numbed me ! Unfortunately about 3 yrs unto working I got a heroin and crack habit and from then on I only worked purely for the drugs . I worked to buy the drugs , needed the drugs to work in the first place and it he am a viscous circle . In my experience 99% of the women I’ve met in the sex industry are working purely to support a drug habit and I feel that more work needs to be done to specifically support working women regarding their substance abuse problem . Also on another note – it wasn’t until I stopped working that the gravity of what I’d been doing for so many years really hit me ! It was then I realised that I’d been selling the most precious part of myself , not just the physical part but I realised that every single time I’d sold myself for pennies I’d been selling a special part of my soul , piece by piece I’d auctioned it off without a second thought and it’s taken me 11yrs so far to attempt to rebuild it and regain some semblance of healthy self esteem ! Whilst I was working I had no idea and defended sex work to the fullest – I still do and believe prostitution should be decriminalised but just as important is the effort to try help these women be able to stop working and change their lives .

  4. Hi I just stumbled upon a TED Talk by Toni Mac and felt moved by what she said. I am so glad that You maintain this organisation because sex work is very poorly served by society.
    If there is anything I could ever do to support You please ask. I am registered severely Disabled so I am not able to donate money but even if You need help raising awareness of Your group. I would glady distribute cards, flyers or posters. Yours faithfully
    Paul Keeling

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