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

Oral Evidence to the Public Bill Committee on the Policing and Crime Bill

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12 noon  27 January 2009. The Committee consisted of the following Members: Chairmen: Hugh Bayley, Sir Nicholas Winterton Austin, Mr. Ian (Dudley, North) Blackman-Woods, Dr. Roberta (City of Durham) (Lab) Brokenshire, James (Hornchurch) (Con) Burns, Mr. Simon (West Chelmsford) (Con) Campbell, Mr. Alan (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the … Continue reading

BRIEFING on the POLICING AND CRIME BILL 2009

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English Collective of Prostitutes 230a Kentish Town Road, London, NW5 2AB, Tel: 020 7482 2496, 07811 964 171, ecp@prostitutescollective.net   www.prostitutescollective.net We urge you to oppose Clauses 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, & 25. The measures target anyone involved in prostitution whether or not … Continue reading

Government proposals on clients, brothels and lapdancing

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English Collective of Prostitutes Crossroads Women’s Centre PO Box 287 London NW6 5QU Telephone 020 7482 2496 Fax 020 7209 4761 Email ecp@prostitutescollective.net 8 October 2008 www.prostitutescollective.net   COMMENTS ON GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSALS We oppose the government’s proposals which would create … 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

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