Open Letter: Demand police prioritise the protection of sex workers over the prosecution for prostitution offences

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We write to protest the police treatment of a victim of armed robbery who was working as a sex worker when she was attacked. (Crime ref: 5214132/17). Ms Maria Benito [not her real name] was working in a flat in … Continue reading

Letter: Police “welfare” visits are for intelligence gathering, sex workers claim

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November 2016. Dear Editor, We write to support the concerns raised by SCOT-PEP that police “SHAW (Support, Health and Wellbeing) visits” to sex workers’ homes or places of work may be used to gather intelligence to bring prosecutions for criminal … Continue reading

Guardian: Letters – Why should Keith Vaz resign as head of the HAC just because he may have consorted with sex workers?

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Unpublished. 9 September 2016 Why should Keith Vaz resign as head of the Home Affairs Select Committee which is considering the prostitution laws just because he may have consorted with sex workers? (Vaz to leave committee after sex claims, Guardian … Continue reading

Guardian: Letter supporting Jeremy Corbyn on decriminalisation

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March 11, 2016 Prostitution Decriminalisation and sex workers Sex worker in London’s Soho. ‘Considering that 75% of austerity cuts have hit women hardest, no wonder prostitution is increasing,’ writes Laura Watson. Photograph: Alamy Letters Thursday 10 March 2016 19.23 GMT Last modified … Continue reading

Guardian: Letter on racism & xenophobia against sex workers

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Letter to the Observer on racism and xenophobia against sex workers with paragraph that was edited out included in bold. _________________________________________________________________ Criminalising prostitution puts women at great risk Racism and xenophobia are also a problem for sex workers The Observer, Sunday … Continue reading

Guardian: Letter demanding a fairer representation on criminalisation of clients

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Mon, 23 December 2013 ICRSE Coordinator Following a series of article in the UK news paper The Guardian, ICRSE and many sex workers organisations, academics and allies have signed a letter demanding a fairer representation to the debate on criminalisation of … Continue reading

Open Letter: Consenting sex is not a crime!

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“The freedom of two people to have sexual contact with each other has historically been denied to people of different races and classes, and to people of the same gender.  This freedom is still denied to people when payment is … Continue reading