Denis MacShane MP disgraced

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See Niki Adams vs Denis MacShane on Newsnight here. MP’s expenses: Denis MacShane resigns over false invoices Former Labour minister Denis MacShane has quit as an MP after he wrongfully claimed at least £7,500 in expenses. A Parliamentary committee found … Continue reading

Northern Ireland: The prostitution proposal needs kicked to the kerb

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The Human Trafficking Bill – currently before the Assembly – is sponsored by a little-known Right-wing Christian pressure group, says Graham Ellison In an article in the Belfast Telegraph earlier this month, Lord Morrow once again sought public support for … Continue reading

Briefing: Anti-trafficking – an excuse for a moralistic crusade against sex workers

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1. Claims that “80% of women in prostitution are controlled by traffickers”[1] have been thoroughly discredited, most recently in the Guardian’s extensive investigation ‘Prostitution and trafficking – the anatomy of a moral panic,’ 20 Oct 2009  http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/oct/20/trafficking-numbers-women-exaggerated Even the widely used claim that of 4,000 women … Continue reading

United States: US PROStitutes Collective model letter to oppose trafficking bill in Congress

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Dear Friends, The US PROStitutes Collective has asked the Global Women’s Strike to circulate a model letter to Senators opposing provisions in HR 3887, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2007. The law is currently before the … Continue reading

Soho sex workers speak out against ‘clean up’

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By Jon Silverman Home affairs analyst In November 2002 the Home Secretary, David Blunkett, told a London conference Britain was facing a growing threat from Balkan crime gangs, who make vast profits by smuggling – whether guns, drugs, or women … Continue reading

Emergency picket to protest against police and immigration raids

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In February 2001, we organized an emergency picket to protest against police and immigration raids against 60 immigrant women in Soho, London. The protest got widespread sympathetic media coverage and as a result the raids were publicly condemned and their … Continue reading

Criminalising clients will not help trafficked prostitutes – Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Dormer

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“Criminalising young people in the sex industry will not help them escape prostitution. We need to give these young people opportunities to change their lives not give them a criminal record.” says Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Dormer Lib Dem peer, … Continue reading