With record numbers of women in London turning to sex work to provide an income the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) has launched a new campaign to decriminalise prostitution for “safety’s sake”.
At an event at St Pauls “Tent City” a New Zealand MP Tim Barnett who sponsored the 2003 Prostitution Reform Act which decriminalised prostitution in New Zealand, explained how the change in the law in New Zealand has made it safer for sex workers to work.
New Zealand was the first country in the world to base a law on the demands of sex workers for health and safety concerns. After a five year review from the time the law was enacted, sex workers are safer and have more rights. The Association of Chief Police Officers is suggesting a New Zealand-style decriminalisation in the UK.
There are an estimated 35,000 sex workers in London according to research by The London Daily News.