GMB Congress 2006 declared its support for the full and complete decriminalisation of prostitution. The sexual behavior of consenting adults requires no regulation by the state.
A better solution:
The debate around sex work customarily excludes those who sell sexual services, and the GMB has long worked to combat this through its support for and inclusion of a Branch specifically for workers in the sex industry. Inclusion of sex workers themselves, and recognition of the diverse realities of sex work, are the only ways to create effective laws for sustainable positive change.
The GMB believes that sex workers should have:-
1. Full legal protection from harassment, violence, threats, intimidation and theft.
2. A review of existing laws and regulations governing the sex industry with a view to full and proper regulation in the interest of the workforce and the communities in which the industry operates.
3. The right to the full range of employment, health and safety and contractual rights.
4. The right to pursue alternative employment with support and assistance provided.
5. The right to full and voluntary access to all NHS services, including medical advice