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  • Legal Victories
    Successful private prosecution of serial rapist – R v Davies  In 1995, two women brought the first successful private prosecution for rape in England and Wales with the support of the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) and Women Against Rape … Continue reading → The post Legal Victories appeared first on English Collective of Prostitutes.
  • Forced to resign from NHS job after allegations of advertising on adult websites
    In 2015, a woman working for an NHS Trust was forced to resign under threat of immediate dismissal for “behaving in a manner that would not be acceptable in any situation” and “bringing the Trust into disrepute” following allegations that … Continue reading → The post Forced to resign from NHS job after allegations of […]
  • Arrested illegally because friend was carrying condoms
    In May 2015, a Romanian woman was arrested for loitering for the purposes of prostitution while walking down a road in North London with a friend. The reason given by police for the arrest was that her friend was carrying … Continue reading → The post Arrested illegally because friend was carrying condoms appeared first […]
  • Banned from loitering in her home borough for 26 years
    In 2014, a sex worker challenged charges of having breached an Anti-social Behaviour Order (ASBO) banning her for 26 years from loitering in the London borough where she lives. With the support of the ECP which mounted a publicity campaign and helped … Continue reading → The post Banned from loitering in her home borough for 26 […]
  • Mass police raids against sex workers in the name of anti-trafficking
    In December 2013, 250 police raided sex worker’s flats in Soho (central London). Over 20 flats were closed and women were handcuffed and dragged in their underwear onto the streets. The ECP and Soho Working Girls organised intensively against the … Continue reading → The post Mass police raids against sex workers in the name […]
  • Guilty of wanting to be safe
    In January 2012, Sheila Farmer was prosecuted for keeping/ managing a brothel (SOA 2003). Ms Farmer became a single mother at aged 23. With great difficulty she trained and got work as a computer programmer but after she lost her … Continue reading → The post Guilty of wanting to be safe appeared first on […]
  • Pensioner prosecuted for keeping women safe
    In 2011, a 72 year old woman was charged with “keeping/managing a brothel” (SOA 2003) and money laundering. Despite a woman working in the flat confirming that she was there for her safety, the jury at Luton Crown Court found … Continue reading → The post Pensioner prosecuted for keeping women safe appeared first on […]
  • Arrested for reporting violence
    In February 2011, Ms Lorraine Morris was convicted for “keeping/managing a brothel (SOA 2003). Ms Morris was arrested after she dialled 999 to report a serious attack on a woman in a flat used by her escort agency. Two identifiable … Continue reading → The post Arrested for reporting violence appeared first on English Collective […]
  • Imprisoned for working to support her disabled son
    In 2010, a woman was charged with brothel-keeping. She had decided to work with other women after she had a knife held to her throat whilst working as an escort. She had a teenage son with special needs so decided … Continue reading → The post Imprisoned for working to support her disabled son appeared […]
  • Convicted of assisting in the management of a brothel for working in a sauna in Birmingham
    In 2010, a woman was convicted of assisting in the management of a brothel for working in a sauna in Birmingham. She worked two days a week and had only been there for six weeks. Despite her minimal involvement in … Continue reading → The post Convicted of assisting in the management of a brothel […]