ECP against the criminalisation of clients

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By Niki Adams, English Collective of Prostitutes Protesters outside Sheila Farmer’s court case, January 2012     For years sex workers, burdened by stigma and discrimination, found it hard to speak and organise in our own name. This has started to change and … Continue reading

Channel 4 News: Sex workers’ safety & against criminalisation

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See video here. TUESDAY 25 MARCH 2014 UK Prostitution: should the laws be reformed? As sex workers from across Europe gather at the House of Commons to argue against proposals to criminalise their clients, Channel 4 News asks one woman what effect … Continue reading

Press Release: Sex workers speak out in Parliament

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Press release:Sex Workers Response, Stop the Criminalisation of Sex Work – Safety First! Sex workers from a number of European countries including Sweden will be speaking in the House of Commons on Wednesday 26 March 2014. Where: Committee Room 12 When: … Continue reading

Event: Stop the criminalisation of sex work – 26 March

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Tickets available for meeting here. The People’s Parliament check how many tickets are booked in case a bigger room is needed. But it isn’t essential to have a ticket, you can just turn up. Please allow 20 minutes to get … Continue reading

Statement: Objections to the methodology & content of APPG report on prostitution

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This APPG Inquiry is not independent and was deeply biased from the start. Its remit was to: “develop proposals for government action with a focus on tackling demand for the sex trade.” Unsurprisingly therefore that the Inquiry’s conclusion is to … Continue reading

Voice of Russia: UK prostitution: MPs call for customers and pimps to be penalised in future

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4 March 2014, 18:55  Voice of Russia UK prostitution: MPs call for customers and pimps to be penalised in future EPA Download podcast MPs and peers have this week been calling for reforms to Britain’s laws, which currently criminalise prostitution. An all-party … Continue reading

Guardian: Selling sex should be decriminalised but buying it should be illegal, say MPs

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Current laws prioritise ‘gratification of punters at expense of often vulnerable women and girls’, MP says Alexandra Topping theguardian.com, Monday 3 March 2014 16.44 Sex workers and their supporters participate in a demonstration in the Soho district of London on in October … Continue reading

Statement: Sex workers oppose criminalisation of clients

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CRIMINALISING CLIENTS UNDERMINES SEX WORKERS’ SAFETY & OTHER RIGHTSThe English Collective of Prostitutes strongly oppose proposals being put forward today by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Prostitution to criminalise sex workers’ clients.Spokeswoman, Cari Mitchell, commented:  “Criminalising clients will not stop … Continue reading

Feminist Times: Why the Nordic Model harms women

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The English Collective of Prostitutes: 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. Faced with no benefits, or only the lowest-waged jobs, many … Continue reading

Huffington Post: Our response to Mary Honeyball

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No Ms Honeyball what the English Collective of Prostitutes actually said is: Faced with no benefit, or only the lowest-waged jobs, many women sell sexual services. Are we less degraded when we have to skip meals, beg or stay with … Continue reading