The coronavirus has thrown millions of people into crisis. For sex workers, forced by criminalisation, stigma and discrimination to live in the shadows, that crisis is more hidden.
Sex workers are denied the rights and entitlements other workers may have and are forced to choose between earning an income and risking ours and our loved ones health.
Sex workers in Europe, already in a uniquely vulnerable position, battle to access health services. BY ASHLEIGH FURLONG It’s going to be a bleak winter for Europe. But for sex workers, a group that feels it’s been forgotten during the pandemic, the return of lockdowns doesn’t just mean being out of work, it could also mean […]
Sky News: Hundreds arrested for ‘running brothels’ as sex workers say it’s the laws that are criminal
Police have arrested more than 400 people for allegedly keeping brothels since 2017, according to figures obtained by Sky News. By Alexa Phillips, news reporter Hundreds of people have been arrested for alleged brothel-keeping offences in the last four years under laws that sex workers claim put them at risk. Police forces have detained at […]
Red-light districts in Soho and Mayfair’s Shepherd Market are facing financial crises following the pandemic, an action group for sex workers has told The Londoner.Laura Watson of the English Collective of Prostitutes said: “Some places have had to shut because they can’t make enough money. Clients just weren’t coming in.”In Soho “three flats in one […]
The sex industry has suffered job losses like every other industry as a result of COVID-19 but it specifically has led to some of the most vulnerable women in society losing their incomes overnight. They have “fallen through the cracks”, according to one spokeswoman, leading to some sex workers taking increased risks with violent clients […]
The sex industry is still ‘far from normal’ according to campaigners who claim the trade should be legalised. The demand for sex workers is not what it was before Covid-19 Britain’s sex industry is still “far from normal” as prostitutes slowly start to work the streets again and brothels begin reopening in the wake of […]
As sex clubs reopen across Europe, sex workers worry about their earnings and also whether they can stay safe. Niki Adams, a spokesperson with English Collective of Prostitutes, says the pandemic and lack of state support shows how far the industry still has to go to gain legal recognition. Lotte Alberg, who owns two sex […]
Shado-Mag: “There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.”
It was Tuesday 2nd June, ironically, International Sex Workers’ Day. But there were no sex workers there. For nearly three months, the streets of Patpong, Bangkok’s oldest red-light district, were silent and deserted. Two men sporting Covid-masks sit distanced at a streetside board game as a single hunched figure walks past briskly, clutching an umbrella. […]
Summary Sex workers, many of whom are mothers, have been left without an income by the coronavirus crisis and lockdown and are facing destitution, debt and homelessness. But because sex work is criminalised, sex workers are being deprived of the support, payments and protections available to others. Migrant sex workers subject to No Recourse to […]
With social distancing rules in place and strip clubs and brothels closed, sex workers around the world have seen their incomes disappear almost overnight as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Fearing for their livelihoods, as well as their health, some are offering services online to keep their business going, while others are turning to […]