In January 2010, a Thai woman was charged with trafficking and brothel-keeping. She worked in a flat with other women where she organised the advertising and paid the rent. She and her husband had given a lift in their car … Continue reading
In August 2009, a woman who was working on her own from home in Tyne and Wear was charged with the archaic offences of “running a disorderly house” and “running a bawdy house under common law”. She believed she was … Continue reading
(Minister of State, Alan Campbell, Hansard 19 January 2009) In April 2009, a woman (Ms W) was charged under section 33 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956 (SOA 1956) with “assisting in the management of a brothel” at two premises. … Continue reading
In 2005, a Brazilian mother was convicted of trafficking and imprisoned for three years for running a working flat where other immigrant women worked. In court the judge said “none of these women were, in fact, coerced by you into … Continue reading
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 (WAR). Both women had independently reported being attacked in what turned out to be remarkably similar circumstances. Yet the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was insufficient evidence to prosecute. The ECP and WAR found lawyers ready to work for free and Davies was indicted on charges of rape, indecent assault, false imprisonment, wounding and assault causing actual bodily harm arising out of the two incidents which had taken place in December 1991 and in September 1992. He was convicted of nearly all the charges including rape against one woman and sentenced to 14 years in prison (reduced to 11 on appeal). The evidence before the court was exactly the same as that which the CPS decided was insufficient to prosecute. After the trial, the women applied to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board for compensation as they were entitled to but had their award reduced by a half on the grounds of “character and conduct”. Their courage and determination, which got a serial attacker off the streets, appeared to count for nothing. Isn’t there a Guardian article?
Rapist jailed after prostitutes bring private prosecution (The Independent, 20
“The Davies case will be seen as another dent in the reputation of the CPS.” (The Times, 20 September 1995)
“This [case] had a profound impact on the way that the authorities saw victims of rape. . .” (UK Criminal Law Blog, 16th November 2012)
Should a UK city be giving the green light to a red light zone? 23:35, 12 JAN 2016 UPDATED 23:35, 12 JAN 2016 BY TOM PARRY Reuters A prostitute waits for clients on a street Two experts debate whether cities … Continue reading
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ACTION ALERT . . . ACTION ALERT . . . . ACTION ALERT . . . ACTION ALERT . . . CALL/ WRITE TO THE CPS ASKING FOR THE CHARGES TO BE DROPPED (details below). POLICE SHOULD BE PROTECTING WOMEN … Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE . . . PRESS RELEASE . . . PRESS RELEASE . . . Sex workers from ten countries give evidence in Parliament on decriminalisation For the first time sex workers from Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, … Continue reading