United States: US PROStitutes Collective model letter to oppose trafficking bill in Congress

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Dear Friends, The US PROStitutes Collective has asked the Global Women’s Strike to circulate a model letter to Senators opposing provisions in HR 3887, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2007. The law is currently before the … Continue reading

Soho sex workers speak out against ‘clean up’

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By Jon Silverman Home affairs analyst In November 2002 the Home Secretary, David Blunkett, told a London conference Britain was facing a growing threat from Balkan crime gangs, who make vast profits by smuggling – whether guns, drugs, or women … Continue reading

Emergency picket to protest against police and immigration raids

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In February 2001, we organized an emergency picket to protest against police and immigration raids against 60 immigrant women in Soho, London. The protest got widespread sympathetic media coverage and as a result the raids were publicly condemned and their … Continue reading

United States: Trafficking Victory

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Victory against change in trafficking law which would have criminalized sex workers and our families and undermine safety. Our efforts are paying off!  As you know, US PROStitutes Collective and Sex Workers Outreach Project have been circulating letters, including a … Continue reading

Cardiff woman prosecuted when she took trafficked women to police, BBC News

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The UK government does not know where the majority of sex trafficked women rescued as part of two national police operations are, BBC Wales has learned. Operation Pentameter, launched by the Home Office in 2006, aimed to free an estimated … Continue reading

Press statement on Operation Pentameter 2

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Press statement on Operation Pentameter 21 June 2006 Pentameter Two, the new initiative against traffickers, far from protecting victims of trafficking is likely to make immigrant sex workers more vulnerable to violence and exploitation.  Evidence from how anti-trafficking legislation has … Continue reading

Response to Home Office Consultation paper – Tackling Human Trafficking

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Summary The consultation paper says it will consider prevention and investigation of trafficking, and provisions for protection and assistance to victims of trafficking, including increased police powers and immigration legislation. In our experience, far from protecting women from violence, anti-trafficking legislation is being used … Continue reading

Trafficking Victim Criminalised and Imprisoned, Social Justice Network

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In February 2001, we organized an emergency picket to protest against police and immigration raids against 60 immigrant women in Soho, London. The protest got widespread sympathetic media coverage and as a result the raids were publicly condemned and their … Continue reading