Policing Insight: It’s time to protect sex workers not prosecute them

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31st October 2017 Niki Adams and Heston Michaels, ​English Collective of Prostitutes Police crackdowns on prostitution isolate sex workers and undermine their safety. With poverty fuelling prostitution, the English Prostitutes Collective argues decriminalisation is overdue and current resources used to … Continue reading

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

BBC Victoria Derbyshire: Violence against sex workers: ‘He was there to kill me’

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5 September 2017 By John Owen BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme Image caption “Suzanne” says one client punched her until she passed out Sex workers say they are being left more vulnerable to attack by laws making it illegal for them … Continue reading

Independent: Sex worker threatened with prosecution and deportation after reporting attack

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Sex worker threatened with prosecution and deportation after telling police how she was robbed at knifepoint Campaigners warn threats from police and Home Office against sex workers who report crimes make women reluctant to report violence committed against them May Bulman Sunday 13 August … Continue reading

Politics.co.uk: Sex worker robbed at knifepoint faces deportation after contacting police

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By Natalie Bloomer Friday, 11 August 2017 12:23 PM “Campaigners for sex workers’ rights say that by focusing on the prosecution and deportation of the worker rather than the attack against her, police were discouraging other women from coming to … Continue reading

Guardian: Police accused of threatening sex workers rather than pursuing brothel thieves

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Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent Thursday 3 August 2017 10.09 BST Labour frontbencher Keir Starmer concerned about priorities of Met police after spate of robberies of premises used for sex work in London Keir Starmer has sent a letter to Scotland … Continue reading

Guardian: If 70-year-old cleaners are convicted of running brothels, the law isn’t working

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Frankie Mullin Wednesday 2 August 2017 ​The prosecution of Christy Norman, a minimum-wage brothel cleaner who attempted to save a man’s life, has left Britain’s sex workers reeling ​   ‘In the UK, while selling sex is legal, most of … Continue reading