Brief introduction and backgroundThe English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) is a self-help organisation of sex workers, migrants and non-migrant, working both on the street and in premises, with a national network throughout the UK. Since 1975, we have campaigned for the decriminalisation of prostitution, for sex workers’ rights and safety, and for resources to enable […]
Laws which target sex workers are supposedly set up to protect women. But really, they put vulnerable women in more danger.By Stella Winter and Liliana Gashi from English Collective of ProstitutesA rally for sex worker rights during the Women’s Strike, 8th March 2018. Photo by Juno Mac.After the introduction of SESTA-FOSTA in the US set the precedent for policing online sex work, […]
With FOSTA/SESTA already proving to be damaging in the US, why is the UK looking to push through similar legislation?Photoa via VICE UK”Decriminalise sex work, for safety’s sake.”This was one of many slogans being hurled at the House of Commons Wednesday afternoon, by a roughly 200-strong collection of sex workers and activists. They’ve come out […]
Action Alert: Women’s Resource Centre draft shadow report to CEDAW includes recommendations to criminalise clients
UPDATE: Good news, WRC took out the criminalisation of clients from the CEDAW shadow report but new wording is still problematic: “We recommend that the government recognise prostitution as a form of violence against women and girls, rather than legitimising the purchase of access to women’s bodies as a form of commerce.” Please respond with your […]
020 7482 2496 • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.prostitutescollective.netThe ECP is a self-help organisation of sex workers, working both on the street and in premises, with a national network throughout the UK. Since 1975, we have campaigned for the decriminalisation of prostitution, for sex workers’ rights and safety, and for resources to enable people to get out of prostitution […]
Vice: Police are using the ‘pop-up brothels’ scare for propaganda – while actively putting sex workers in harm.
Frankie Mullin”Pop-up brothels” full of trafficked women are sweeping the country, according to a spate of recent reports. In Newquay, police say they’ve located 14 since July (reported by the Guardian, BBC, Daily Mail, Mirror); in Swindon there are said to be 30 opening a week (Telegraph, BBC, Metro).The Sun recapped the stories like this: […]
We are writing to express our serious concerns about a number of joint UK Border Agency and police operations targeting migrant sex workers which took place during the week commencing 17th October, the week during which Anti-Slavery Day, 18th October 2016, is marked.On Thursday 20th October in Soho and Chinatown, London, six premises were raided […]
Last week, six massage parlours were stormed by police looking for “victims” so they could “take them to safety”. Often, this meant arresting women and putting them in detention centres. Frankie Mullin On Thursday the 20th of October, around midnight, police stormed six massage parlours in Soho and Chinatown, making arrests, padlocking doors and nailing […]
No bad women, just bad lawsWomen from the English Collective of Prostitutes and the Sex Workers Open University protest police attitudes to migrants sex workers. Sex workers don’t need a hero, they say, but to be treated like humans.Prostitution is a tricky subject. Most of us don’t talk about it, and if we do, it’s […]
Letter from Empower in Thailand to the UK Home Secretary protesting raids done in the name of anti-trafficking.
Letter from the sex worker collective, Empower in Thailand to the UK Home Secretary protesting about the harm done to sex workers by raids done in the name of anti-trafficking.Dear Amber Rudd MP, Home Secretary,Empower Foundation, Thailand.Empower is a Thai organization promoting rights and opportunities for sex workers in Thailand for over 30 years. Empower is predominately […]