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Decriminalisation of prostitution: the evidence

Report of parliamentary symposium, 3 November 2015, House of Commons.

In November 2015, the parliamentary symposium ‘Decriminalisation of Prostitution: the Evidence’, took place in the House of Commons. The symposium brought together, for the first time in the UK, the largest and most robust body of evidence to date on decriminalisation. In the report, we included the key findings and the full transcript of the evidence submitted on the day and in writing, which provides a definitive source of statistical and qualitative information to inform law and policy. Read more.


Comparing sex work with other jobs commonly done by women.

In our research paper What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Job Like This?published in 2019, we compared pay and conditions between sex work and other jobs disproportionately done by women. In doing so, we uncovered many similarities and some crucial differences. By looking at sex work in the context of other jobs traditionally done by women, we broke through mystifications and the divisions between sex workers and other women workers, highlighting exploitation across the range of jobs, showing evidence that sex work isn’t inherently, or exclusively, exploitative. Read more.

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Sex workers are getting screwed by Brexit

As the clock ticks down to Brexit and with sex work unrecognised as work in the UK, EU sex workers living and working in the UK are fighting for the right to stay in the country. Arrests and deportations of EU migrant workers have been rising, particularly since the Brexit referendum in 2016. With the help of Legal Action for Women and, in a few cases, lawyers, we’ve researched legal rulings and prepared letters laying out sex workers’ rights which migrant women have used to defend themselves from deportation. Read more.

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EU Migrant Sex Work in the UK Post-Referendum

Newly published research by Dr Laura Connelly (University of Salford) and the English Collective of Prostitutes finds violence, xenophobia and threats of deportation against migrant sex workers from the European Union have risen since the EU Referendum. Read more.

Covid-19 survey

Survey of sex workers’ access to Covid-19 support in the UK

This survey aims to examine the impact of Covid-19 on the everyday lives of sex workers in the UK. On 22 March 2020, the UK entered its first Covid-19 lockdown. Sex workers stopped working and had no income. Many women were immediately pushed into destitution, unable to pay their rent or feed themselves and their children. Read more.