Norway: ‘Sex ban puts us at greater risk’

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The Guardian, 27/05/2009. As parliament makes it an offence to buy sex from women forced into prostitution, Gwladys Fouché talks to sex workers, police and support groups in Scandinavia, where similar bans have met with a mixed reception Nadia shivers … Continue reading

David Blunkett is no Josephine Butler! His policies have made sex workers more vulnerable to violence and exploitation

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International Prostitutes Collective Press Release: Women working in various areas of the sex industry and spokeswomen from the IPC are available for interview on the new government proposals. Contact: International Prostitutes Collective, Crossroads Women’s Centre, 230A Kentish Town Rd; London … Continue reading

Asbos will push sex workers into danger, Letters in The Independent

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Joan Smith acknowledges that “women are driven into prostitution by poverty”, but doesn’t address benefit cuts, low wages, debt, lack of affordable housing, and addiction to expensive drugs. Instead, she targets clients (“Prostitutes are victims not criminals”, 13 April). She … Continue reading

Plans threaten vulnerable sex workers, Letter in The Guardian

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Dear Sir or Madam, Ninety-five per cent of sex workers are not drug users — not even the Home Office claims that (Guardian 18 Jan 2006) women who don’t use drugs don’t use the Home office funded projects on which these figures depend.  These … Continue reading

HOME OFFICE ANNOUNCES CRACKDOWNS, COMPULSION AND MORE CRIMINALISATION FOR SEX WORKERS

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Despite acknowledgement that at least 60 prostitute women have been murdered in the last 10 years, the government is today announcing that it is abandoning its consultation and proposed review of the prostitution laws in favour of increased enforcement.  This … Continue reading

Q & A with Cari Mitchell, Evening Standard

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Plans for the biggest overhaul of laws on prostitution for half a century have been put forward by the government. The proposals include licensing brothels and compulsory health checks for prostitutes. Will they really help? We put Cari Mitchell of … Continue reading