Jane Wharton Sex workers are facing increasing levels of violence (Picture: Getty) ‘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 […]
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.
In sex work, consent is based on conditions such as protection and payment. But when abuse happens, women are struggling to get justice In 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 […]
By Alex Feis-Bryce Chief Executive 4th March 2019 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 […]
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 law Niki Adams Spokeswoman for the English Collective of Prostitutes Sheila started selling sex to pay off debts and support her […]
English collective says laws forcing women to work alone expose them to violence Sarah Marsh Women work alone because working together puts them at risk of arrest for brothel-keeping. Photograph: Alamy stock photo Prostitution should be decriminalised in the UK to make it safer for vulnerable women, a sex worker organisation has said. The English Collective […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 11, 2018 Contact: Minouche Kandel, (415) 572-6482, firstname.lastname@example.org SAN FRANCISCO ANNOUNCES FIRST-IN-THE-COUNTRY POLICIES TO SUPPORT SEX WORKERS WHO ARE VICTIMS OR WITNESSES TO VIOLENCE IN REPORTING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT “Prioritizing Safety for Sex Worker” policies would protect a sex worker reporting a violent crime from arrest or prosecution for prostitution or […]
This year on 17 December we remember and commemorate the sex workers who have been killed across the globe in 2017, and the countless others whose names never made the headlines. Women and non-binary people across the world live under the constant threat of violence and, for sex workers, this is heightened by illegality and […]
Press Release: Sex workers outside Parliament to demand safety on International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
On 17th December, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers (#IDEVASW), thousands of sex workers and sex worker-led organisations around the world will gather to commemorate the sex workers who have lost their lives in the last year. Last year, the list included more than 150 sex workers murdered between 1st January and 1st […]
On 20 November we remember and commemorate the 325 trans and gender-diverse people who have been reported murdered in the past 12 months globally. Migrants and sex workers make up the majority of victims. Like other sex workers, trans sex workers go into sex work to survive. In the US for example, trans people are […]