Broadly: Why sex workers are losing their homes and life savings in police raids

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Sex Workers Reveal What Cops Took from Them During Police Raids by Frankie Mullin SEX WORK APR 6 2016 In the UK, sex workers are losing everything in police raids—even their family jewelry. We speak to women who think they … Continue reading

Convicted of assisting in the management of a brothel for working in a sauna in Birmingham

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In 2010, a woman was convicted of assisting in the management of a brothel for working in a sauna in Birmingham. She worked two days a week and had only been there for six weeks. Despite her minimal involvement in … Continue reading

Convicted of trafficking despite judge’s admission that no woman was “coerced”

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In 2005, a Brazilian mother was convicted of trafficking and imprisoned for three years for running a working flat where other immigrant women worked.  In court the judge said “none of these women were, in fact, coerced by you into … Continue reading

New Statesman: Why prostitutes are living in a “climate of fear”

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New Statesman, 15/01/2012. Police crackdowns on brothel-keeping mean that sex workers are unwilling to report intimidation and violence. The trial of Sheila Farmer, an escort with a malignant brain tumor and diabetes charged with brothel-keeping, collapsed on 4 January after the … Continue reading

Sabotage Times: Sheila Farmer and the brothel that never was

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Sabotage Times, 11/01/2012. All Sheila Farmer was trying to do was guarantee the safety of her and fellow consensual sex workers from violence, rape and robbery, that she was prosecuted is a national disgrace… It was January 3rd, 2012. Stepping … Continue reading

Guardian: Police boost funds from assets taken in raids on prostitutes

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The Guardian, 25/04/2010. The English Collective of Prostitutes says a ‘moral crusade’ is under way based on the mistaken belief that sex workers are all controlled by criminal gangs Jamie Doward The Observer, Sunday 25 April 2010 An increasing number of … Continue reading

Press Release: Claire Finch found not guilty of brothel keeping

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STOP PRESS…Today in Luton Crown Court Claire Finch was found not guilty of a criminal charge of keeping a brothel.  The jury, in line with public opinion, refused to criminalise Ms Finch for working together with friends from her own home for … Continue reading

Briefing: Policing and Crime Bill

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By the English Collective of Prostitutes  Co-ordinators of the SAFETY FIRST COALITION House of Lords, second reading Wednesday 3 June. Using flawed trafficking statistics as justification, the measures target anyone involved in prostitution whether or not there is force or coercion.  … Continue reading