About us

Since 1975, the International Prostitutes Collective 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 Third World countries 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. We are members of the International Wages for Housework Campaign.

Girls Union Leaflet USpros leaflet

This is what the International Prostitutes Collective stands for:

In English In Spanish

Our history: Church Occupation 1982

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  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

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