Denis MacShane MP disgraced

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See Niki Adams vs Denis MacShane on Newsnight here. MP’s expenses: Denis MacShane resigns over false invoices Former Labour minister Denis MacShane has quit as an MP after he wrongfully claimed at least £7,500 in expenses. A Parliamentary committee found … Continue reading

United States: US PROStitutes Collective model letter to oppose trafficking bill in Congress

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Dear Friends, The US PROStitutes Collective has asked the Global Women’s Strike to circulate a model letter to Senators opposing provisions in HR 3887, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2007. The law is currently before the … Continue reading

Soho sex workers speak out against ‘clean up’

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By Jon Silverman Home affairs analyst In November 2002 the Home Secretary, David Blunkett, told a London conference Britain was facing a growing threat from Balkan crime gangs, who make vast profits by smuggling – whether guns, drugs, or women … Continue reading

Emergency picket to protest against police and immigration raids

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In February 2001, we organized an emergency picket to protest against police and immigration raids against 60 immigrant women in Soho, London. The protest got widespread sympathetic media coverage and as a result the raids were publicly condemned and their … Continue reading

Criminalising clients will not help trafficked prostitutes – Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Dormer

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“Criminalising young people in the sex industry will not help them escape prostitution. We need to give these young people opportunities to change their lives not give them a criminal record.” says Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Dormer Lib Dem peer, … Continue reading

Inquiry fails to find single trafficker who forced anybody into prostitution

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The Guardian, 20/10/2009. The UK’s biggest ever investigation of sex trafficking failed to find a single person who had forced anybody into prostitution in spite of hundreds of raids on sex workers in a six-month campaign by government departments, specialist agencies … Continue reading

United States: Trafficking Victory

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Victory against change in trafficking law which would have criminalized sex workers and our families and undermine safety. Our efforts are paying off!  As you know, US PROStitutes Collective and Sex Workers Outreach Project have been circulating letters, including a … Continue reading

Cardiff woman prosecuted when she took trafficked women to police, BBC News

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The UK government does not know where the majority of sex trafficked women rescued as part of two national police operations are, BBC Wales has learned. Operation Pentameter, launched by the Home Office in 2006, aimed to free an estimated … Continue reading

Press statement on Operation Pentameter 2

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Press statement on Operation Pentameter 21 June 2006 Pentameter Two, the new initiative against traffickers, far from protecting victims of trafficking is likely to make immigrant sex workers more vulnerable to violence and exploitation.  Evidence from how anti-trafficking legislation has … Continue reading