Statement: Safety First Coalition condemns the Policing and Crime Bill

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Members of the Safety First Coalition condemn prostitution measures in the Policing & Crime Bill. Andrea Spyropoulos, Royal College Nursing: “I can see nothing in these proposals that makes women or men safer.  It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever to criminalise individuals who are … Continue reading

Press Release: New Zealand marks five years of successful decriminalisation of prostitution

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PRESS RELEASE From SAFETY FIRST – A coalition to decriminalise sex work and prioritise safety. Tel: 07811 964 171 www.prostitutescollective.net Wednesday 25 June 2008: New Zealand marks five years of successful decriminalisation of prostitution. On the fifth anniversary of the introduction of … Continue reading

Guardian: Letters – Pauline Campbell our beloved colleague

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  Sent to the Guardian letters, 16 May 08 Dear Madam/Sir Frances Crook’s comment that Pauline Campbell, who died tragically on 15 May, had been the “single most effective and inspiring campaigner” against women’s imprisonment, is closest to the truth … Continue reading

Statement: Million Women Rise speaker on sex workers’ safety censored

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At the Million Women Rise march against violence on Saturday 8 March, a woman who was going to speak about sex workers’ safety was dropped from the platform at the last minute. Teresa MacKay from Ipswich Trades Council had been … Continue reading

Press Release: Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill

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“Safety First” Against further criminalisation of sex workers in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill 2007  Wednesday 17 October 2-4 pm House of Commons, Committee Room 9 Hosted by John McDonnell MP, long-term supporter of the ECP’s work and recent contender for … Continue reading

Parliamentary debate on Safety First Clause 72

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http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmhansrd/cm071008/debtext/71008-0020.htm “young people who are being drawn into a lifestyle characterised by disease, degradation, death and denial.” A site called Gay Conspiracy links homosexuality with paedophilia, which is a dreadful, ignorant libel on a significant section of our community. Some … Continue reading

Independent: Letters – ASBOS will push sex workers into danger

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Joan Smith acknowledges that “women are driven into prostitution by poverty”, but doesn’t address benefit cuts, low wages, debt, lack of affordable housing, and addiction to expensive drugs. Instead, she targets clients (“Prostitutes are victims not criminals”, 13 April). She … Continue reading

Press Release: Safety First Coalition appalled at Ipswich policy proposals

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Press release from the Safety First Coalition Contact: Cari Mitchell 020 7482 2496          07811 964 171       Policies which contributed to the tragic murders of five young women in Ipswich are being reintroduced The Safety First coalition is … Continue reading

Event: Rape, Race & Prostitution

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CONFERENCE RAPE, RACE & PROSTITUTION Campaigning for justice in the 21st century Saturday 10 March 9.30-5pm Trinity Reformed Church, Buck Street, London NW1 (Kentish Town Road end, behind Sainsbury’s, Camden Town tube) Entrance: £20 funded organisations and professionals; £10 waged; £5 low waged; £3 … Continue reading

Police Oracle: Debate on prostitute killings

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A conference looking at ways to protect prostitutes is to be addressed by a vicar from Ipswich, scene of last year’s serial prostitute killings. The Rape, Race and Prostitution Conference, in London, will examine how women could be better protected … Continue reading