Press Release: Sex workers outside Parliament to demand safety on International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

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On 17th December, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers (#IDEVASW), thousands of sex workers and sex worker-led organisations around the world will gather to commemorate the sex workers who have lost their lives in the last year. Last … Continue reading

Urgent: All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Prostitution launches inquiry on ‘pop-up’ brothels.

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Dear Friends, The APPG on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade has launched an inquiry into the increase of “pop-up” brothels – short terms lets in which people sell sex. The APPG states that the investigation has been prompted by … Continue reading

Policing Insight: It’s time to protect sex workers not prosecute them

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31st October 2017 Niki Adams and Heston Michaels, ​English Collective of Prostitutes Police crackdowns on prostitution isolate sex workers and undermine their safety. With poverty fuelling prostitution, the English Prostitutes Collective argues decriminalisation is overdue and current resources used to … Continue reading

Guardian: Parliament’s inquiry into ‘pop-up brothels’ is misguided and one-sided

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Frankie Mullin Thursday 26 October 2017 MPs should speak to sex workers about the realities of the off-street trade before they rush to judgment. The pro-criminalisation Nordic model is flawed An investigation into “pop-up brothels” – short-term lets in which people … Continue reading

Guardian: MPs to launch inquiry into growth of pop-up brothels

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Dulcie Lee Sunday 22 October 2017 Risks grow as police closures force sex workers to rent Airbnb and other short-term properties The growth of “pop-up brothels” in Airbnb and other short-term properties is to be investigated by MPs. The all-party … Continue reading

Open Letter: Demand police prioritise the protection of sex workers over the prosecution for prostitution offences

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We write to protest the police treatment of a victim of armed robbery who was working as a sex worker when she was attacked. (Crime ref: 5214132/17). Ms Maria Benito [not her real name] was working in a flat in … Continue reading