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26 March in Parliament, Stop the criminalisation of sex work


 Stop the criminalisation of sex work – safety first!


26 March 2014, 6.30-8.30pm
Committee Room 12
Host: John McDonnell MP
Chair: Niki Adams


International speakers:

Carina Edlund, Rose Alliance, Sweden
Ariane G, sex worker, Germany
Aisling Gallagher, Women’s Officer NUS-USI
Jenny O, Sex Workers Alliance of Ireland
Morgane Merteuil, STRASS, France
Molly Smith, Scotpep, Scotland
Luca Stevenson, International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe

 REPORTS FROM: New Zealand which decriminalised sex work 11 years ago.Canada’s Supreme Court which ruled that criminalisation is in breach of sex workers’ human rights.


Lori Bora, Soho Working Girls
Jean Johnson, Hampshire Women’s Institute
Clayton Littlewood, author
Lisa Longstaff, Women Against Rape
Nandi Lothar, All African Women’s Group
Toni Mac, Sex Worker Open University
Vera Rodriguez, dancer, x:talk
Didi Rossi, Queer Strike
Robert Jappie, Release
Paula Yanev, English Collective of Prostitutes

An All-Party Parliamentary Group has just recommended changing the prostitution laws to criminalise clients.  They are doing without even releasing any analysis of the evidence they collected.

Criminalising clients will not stop prostitution, nor will it stop the criminalisation of women.  But it will make it more dangerous and stigmatising for sex workers.  ASBOs would continue to be used against sex workers who didn’t “rehabilitate”; they have already massively increased women’s imprisonment.

Sex workers from Sweden – who know first-hand the disastrous impact of such a law – and from a number of other European countries as well as England, Ireland and Scotland, will be speaking against this proposal.

There is widespread anger that MPs are promoting increased criminalisation when unemployment, benefit cuts and sanctions, zero hours contracts and other low paid jobs, and homelessness are driving more women, particularly mothers, into prostitution.

The existing prostitution laws force sex workers to work in isolation and danger.  Of the two women murdered in London in the last few months, one was working on the street and one was working indoors alone. Senior police officers recently acknowledged thatoperations to tackle the trade are ‘counterproductive’ and likely to put the lives of women at risk”.  Despite this mass raids against sex workers in Soho, London, have thrown scores of women out of the relative safety of their flats.  Arrests continue against sex workers on the street.

The proposals will further divert police time and resources from investigating rape, domestic violence, trafficking and other violent crimes reported to them, to policing consenting sex.  It will boost police crime figures, while doing nothing to protect victims of crime.  While the police have been found institutionally racist and corrupt, little is done about the individual officers who abuse their powers and sex workers vulnerability to steal during raids, demand free services, abuse immigrant women … To increase police powers will further encourage corruption and illegality.

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Monday, 17 December 2012, 7pm

Film: Decriminalisation of Sex Work in New Zealand

New Zealand decriminalised prostitution in 2003. This 30 minute film documents how the law was won and its impact as told by sex workers and activists working with the NZ Prostitutes Collective.

Followed by discussion with

Niki Adams, English Collective of Prostitutes, who recently visited Australia and New Zealand and saw the effects of the law first-hand.

Sheila Farmer, who is celebrating another victory over a vindictive Crown Prosecution Service – having squandered thousands of pounds, they’ve had to drop a second prosecution for brothel-keeping. What was her crime? Working with friends for safety. Her determination and resilience, despite ill health, is an encouragement to the many other women who are facing similar charges.

Venue: Crossroads Women’s Centre, 25 Wolsey Mews, Kentish Town, London, NW5 2DX

Contact: English Collective of Prostitutes, 020 7482 2496

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers event


“Looking in, Looking out”
Photo exhibition by Vera Rodriquez
Crossroads Women’s Centre
25 Wolsey Mews, Kentish Town, NW5 2DX


Invitation to meet the artist.

Vera Rodriquez will be available to discuss her work and for interview:
Monday 14 May 12-2pm
Tuesday 15 May 5-7pm
Wednesday 16 May 2-4pm

Using colour, light and perspective to stunning effect this exhibition showcases journalist and photographer, Vera Rodriguez’s images of Belgium’s red-light district taken from the peep show where she was working. It is accompanied by an audio installation of sex workers’ voices from various levels of the sex industry.

“I took these pictures when I was working in a peep show in Antwerp. Business was sometimes slow and we struggled to earn enough. But we thought of the girls who had to pay €100 a day to hire a window — if they didn’t get enough clients, they were out of pocket.

“The laws are not fair to those of us who offer sexual services for money. Criminalisation, stigma, isolation and lack of protection are just some of the problems that we face. Some countries decide to persecute the client but that doesn’t make it easier for sex workers. Trafficking is used by the police as an excuse to deport migrant sex workers, while genuine victims don’t get help.


“I am pleased to be exhibiting my pictures in conjunction with the launch of the English Collective of Prostitutes’ guide ‘Know Your Rights – A-Z for Sex Workers’. We are building a movement to demand our rights so we can press to change the laws and the perspectives of outsiders. People who decide to sell sex should be protected, not prosecuted and judged. We are workers and we want rights not rescue.”


Vera Rodriquez, 3 May 2012, contact: 07425 823 275


Global Women’s Strike Conference in London 28-29 April

Invest in Caring Not Capitalism
The Wages for Housework Campaign 40 years on

Saturday & Sunday 28-29 April 2012 11 – 6 pm


Crossroads Women’s Centre 25 Wolsey Mews, Kentish Town, London NW5 2DX

And launch of
Sex, Race and Class –The Perspective of Winning A Selection of Writings: 1952-2011 by Selma James

Participants from the GWS network in Guyana, Haiti, India, Ireland, US . . .

Saturday 28 April

11 am Registration

11.30 Opening: Sex, Race and Class – What are the terms of unity?

12-2 pm Panel One: Fighting for Survival and Welfare South and North – the Unrecognised Movement of Mothers and other Carers Discussion

2-3 pm Lunch break. Selma James will sign her new book

3-5 pm Panel Two: Asylum, Immigration and Other Struggles Against Poverty, Ecological Devastation, Military Occupation and War Discussion

Sunday 29 April

11 am Registration

11.30 Opening – Where Have We Reached?

12-2 pm Panel Three: Demanding Justice – Rape, Racism and Discrimination, the Criminalisation of Poverty and ProtestDiscussion

2-3 pm Lunch break. Selma James will sign her new book

3-5 pm Panel Four: The 99% – Crossing the Divisions Among Us vs. the 1% Discussion

5-5.30 Summing Up: Occupying the Future

For information about childcare, disability access & other arrangements:
(020) 7482 2496



HAITI: A Fundraiser for Survival and Justice

Saturday 28 April 2012, 7-9pm




Danny Glover Actor activist Rea Dol SOPUDEP School, Haiti

Margaret Prescod Women of Colour in GWS

Selma James Global Women’s Strike

All proceeds to HAITI EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND for grassroots self-help – emergency housing, food, water, cholera & trauma treatment, free schools for children & adults, micro-credit. No administrative cut.

Millions donated to NGOs, yet hundreds of thousands of people still homeless, without water, food security or income. But grassroots people have not given up. Hear from Rea Dol how women are organising for survival and justice, and from Danny Glover, and others, how we can support.

Crossroads Women’s Centre
25 Wolsey Mews, London NW5 2DX
Kentish Town

Fully wheelchair accessible

Entrance: Waged £20 Low/Unwaged £5     More if you can

Endorsed by: Please call us if you want to endorse

For more information:
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  1. Hoping I have addressed this e mail to the right place I would just like to say how much I agreed with Nikki Adams in her interview on R4 this morning. It seems to me that Parliament is heading in the wrong direction trying to outlaw the sale of sex. I would like to assure you that you have at least one supporter in what I believe are your objectives. -me

    Kind regards

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