Jane Wharton ‘Draconian laws’ and increasing poverty have exposed sex workers to soaring rates of rape and assault, according to a leading pressure group. The English Collective of Prostitutes says two thirds had experienced violence within the last month alone. It has also highlighted that poverty sparked by benefit cuts have led to a surge […]
Sex workers face a lot of violence. Sex workers in London are 12 times more likely to be murdered than other women. It is much safer to work indoors with others but this is illegal.
Criminalisation increases violence. Attacks on sex workers doubled in Scotland after kerb crawling laws were introduced which criminalised clients. A 2014 survey found that where arrests of sex workers and clients were high, only 5% of sex workers who were victims of a crime reported it. This compared to 46% of victims in areas where police adopted a harm reduction approach.
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In sex work, consent is based on conditions such as protection and payment. But when abuse happens, women are struggling to get justiceIn March, a man was given an extended jail sentence for raping a sex worker after removing his condom during sex. The woman had specifically stated that all her clients must use protection, and he […]
This profound and disturbing true-crime show lays bare the case’s outrageous misogyny – and lets silenced women be heard at last. Over the course of three nights, the film-maker Liza Williams is revisiting one of the biggest – and longest – murder manhunts in British history. The Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story […]
By Alex Feis-Bryce Chief Executive RightsInfo CEO, Alex Feis-Bryce, who founded the award-winning sex worker safety charity National Ugly Mugs, discusses International Sex Workers Rights Day, the English Collective of Prostitutes’ #MakeAllWomenSafe campaign and why policymakers need to put aside their moral and ideological judgements and listen to sex workers. Yesterday, on International Sex Workers Rights Day, my thoughts […]
Huffington Post: Every Person Has The Right To Work In Safety – So Why Doesn’t The Law Protect Sex Workers?
This isn’t about whether sex work is uniquely degrading or empowering – it’s about the reality of 70,000 women who today will exchange sex for money and who are not being protected by the lawNiki Adams Spokeswoman for the English Collective of Prostitutes Sheila started selling sex to pay off debts and support her son after […]
English collective says laws forcing women to work alone expose them to violence Sarah Marsh Prostitution should be decriminalised in the UK to make it safer for vulnerable women, a sex worker organisation has said. The English Collective of Prostitutes is calling for the removal of laws relating to consensual adult sexual behaviour, arguing […]
Action Alert: Tell Brighton & Hove City Council to stop promoting police crackdowns against sex workers
UPDATE: Survey deadline has been extended to Thursday 31 May. If you live, work or travel to Brighton & Hove, please urgently respond to this action alert and share with your networks.: Note: Many of the consultation survey questions are multiple choice, but please raise the points below where possible. Information not submitted through this format […]
“We wanted to remind people these are women, these are human beings, they have their own realities.”Sophie WilkinsonDoes scary stuff happen on the way? Does stuff jump out at you?” a tourist asks our guide, who informs her it’s not that sort of tour. Because though we’re in east London, close to the scene of […]
Sex workers and entertainers claim that police are more interested in criminalising them than investigating crimes committed against them, and also have reported vastly different approaches in policing up and down the country.Hannah Al-Othman When Maria was robbed at knifepoint in her bedroom by men who stole hundreds of pounds in cash from her, she called […]