In December 2022 Newham Council issued a consultation on its proposal to bring in a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in the Romford Road.The justification for the PSPO was that sex workers were:“. . . offering sexual services to passersby, engaging in sexual activities in public spaces” and that clients were kerb-crawling and that this […]
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.
ECP’s Niki Adams speaking at the protest called by Women Against Rape and Women of Colour Global Women’s Strike outside the sentencing hearing of David Carrick, a police officer who committed numerous offences of rape and other torture against women. 6 February, 2023. For more info see: The David Carrick Trial – Women Against Rape
OpenDemocracy: Landlord accused two women renting his flat of being ‘prostitutes’ and said no one would believe their complaints
Airbnb host caught on camera threatening to ‘smack’ guest in faceThe man accused two women renting his flat of being ‘prostitutes’ and said no one would believe their complaintsLauren Crosby Medlicott
Exclusive: Campaigner says changing law ‘could be the difference between life and death for women’Maya Oppenheim Women’s Correspondent The government must review prostitution laws to ensure sex workers can work together on the same premises to remain safe, a senior police officer has said.Dan Vajzovic, the National Police Chief Council’s lead for prostitution and sex work, told The Independent he is working alongside government officials to reassess brothel keeping legislation.Politicians […]
Gergana KrastevaPolice may exploit increased powers against sex workers in east London, a campaign group has claimed.The English Collective of Prostitutes has dubbed Newham Council’s proposal for a Public Space Protection Order for Romford Road as a ‘crackdown’ on sex workers, adding it would only ‘undermine’ their safety.Such orders are commonly used to stop anti-social behaviour […]
By Frankie McCamley & Bethan Bell Violence has always stalked the streets where sex is bought and sold and sometimes just taken.Women employed in the “world’s oldest profession” face a very real danger. Jack the Ripper may have been consigned to history and folklore, but many other predatory men have stepped into his shadows.And the women […]
Video: Hookers Against Hardship event – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Recording of our HAH campaign event to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25th November 2022 at Crossroads Women’s Centre, London. Speakers: Iris, English Collective of Prostitutes Elizabeth, National Ugly Mugs Mary Atkinson, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants Hodo, Women Against Rape Vee, SWARM (Sex Workers […]
In November 2020, the English Collective of Prostitutes organised a ground-breaking event, Sex Workers: Access to Justice, which brought together sex workers, violence against women organisers, academics, and human rights groups to examine the extent of violence faced by sex workers, what exacerbates the risks of violence, and the obstacles experienced by sex workers when […]
By Karolina Piras, Freelance Journalist Credit: Mina Karenina (USW) Karolina Piras was awarded ‘Best Human Rights Story’ by EachOther’s judges at the annual Student Publication Awards this month for this article which was first published by Sane Magazine. The views expressed in the article belong to the author and do not necessarily represent the views of […]
Exclusive: ‘They will become street-based sex workers which means you have sex with men on the street, down alleys, or sometimes in cars,’ says campaignerMaya Oppenheim Women’s CorrespondentViolence against sex workers will rise under proposed measures outlined in the government’s new online safety bill, campaigners have warned.The legislation will stop sex workers from advertising their services on the internet, […]