Following Brexit, sex workers say they face increased violence, xenophobia and threats of deportation.Sex workers in the UK have faced increased xenophobia, violence, and fears around deportation in the years since the Brexit referendum, according to a new report. Research from the University of Salford and the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) looks at Brexit and […]
As the clock ticks down to Brexit and with sex work not recognised 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.
The English Collective of Prostitutes has been fighting these injustices and some of the women’s stories and struggles over the last decade are featured in our campaign video and report ‘Migrant Sex Workers Fight Police Illegality and Racism’.
Exclusive: ‘I have been threatened by men on the street who said they would attack me,’ says sex worker Maya Oppenheim Women’s Correspondent @mayaoppenheim Violence and threats of deportation against sex workers from the European Union who are living in the UK have surged since the Brexit vote, according to researchers. A first of its kind study, carried out by the […]
Launch of new report: EU-Migrant Sex Work in the UK Post-Referendum Webinar: Thursday 20 May, 6-7.30pm Hosted by English Collective of Prostitutes and Dr. Laura Connelly. Speakers: Dr. Laura Connelly on the findings of her pathbreaking new research on the impact of the Brexit vote on EU migrant sex workers; sex workers from the EU on […]
By Anna Freeman Brexit is not only screwing the Great British pound and the price of Tesco’s Finest Prosecco – it’s screwing sex workers, too. A huge number of women selling sexual services in the UK hail from the EU-28 (43 percent of non-British sex workers in 2009 were EU nationals, according to a TAMPEP study). […]
Raids – or “welfare visits” – carried out by police are supposedly conducted for safety, but they’re harming sex workers and failing to identify genuine victims. Anti-trafficking raids are often framed as vital rescue missions undertaken to save victims of modern slavery. However, according to Niki Adams – an English Collective of Prostitutes [ECP] spokesperson with […]
PRI’s The WorldAfter the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in 2016, large industries have struggled to handle the ramifications of the upcoming Brexit. One affected industry that does not get much coverage is prostitution.Laura Watson is the spokesperson for the English Collective of Prostitutes in London. She spoke with The World’s Carol Hills […]
Independent: Sex workers harassed, assaulted and illegally targeted for deportations amid culture of xenophobia after Brexit
Exclusive: ‘For migrant workers, everything is compounded – the sexism, the criminalisation and the racism and then the hostile immigration environment’Maya Oppenheim Women’s Correspondent @mayaoppenheimSex workers in the UK are being illegally targeted for deportations and subjected to harassment and attacks because of a Brexit-inspired culture of discrimination against foreigners, campaigners have claimed.A dossier compiled by the campaign group English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) […]
Press Release: Sex workers document Brexit-inspired discrimination that is depriving them of the right to remain in the UK
A sex worker collective has compiled a dossier of cases that it has fought over the last few years showing how Brexit is affecting migrant sex workers from the EU. The English Collective of Prostitutes’ dossier, Sex workers are getting screwed by Brexit, includes examples of women being targeted by police for arrest and deportation despite […]
By Margaret CorvidFrom the column ‘Europe: The Final Countdown’Against the backdrop of the EU referendum campaign, London-based Romanian women sex workers are using EU law to challenge the police and fight for their rights. Under Operation Nexus, the Met are monitoring Romanian sex workers, rounding them up and ordering them to leave the country because […]
Women targeted by Operation Nexus, which aims to deport foreign offenders, say they are legitimately self-employedAlthough freedom of movement is guaranteed within the EU, the right to stay after three months is dependent on new arrivals working or studying.A policy aimed at deporting “high-harm” EU-national criminals and those not entitled to remain in Britain is […]