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 […]
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 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, […]
Independent: Sex worker beaten by her clients shares deportation fears as police crack down on prostitution
Exclusive: Sex worker says being ‘dragged through’ criminal justice system has ‘destroyed’ her life and made her homelessMaya Oppenheim Women’s Correspondent“Five or six police officers came to my flat last April,” Iris says.“I was really shocked so I didn’t open the door because I didn’t know what was going on. They broke my door.”The 35-year-old woman, […]
Interview byCOMITÉ AUTONOME DU TRAVAIL DU SEXE // SEX WORK AUTONOMOUS COMMITTEECari Mitchell is a former sex worker and a member of the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP), a network of sex workers in the United Kingdom working both outdoors and indoors campaigning for decriminalisation and safety. 1 In 2000, the ECP organized a sex workers’ strike […]
Brighton & Hove City Council is doing a survey to inform the city’s forthcoming Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy. The previous policy was very problematic. It labelled prostitution as a form of violence and exploitation, promoted the closure of premises where sex workers are working together, as well as the criminalisation of clients. See background info here with […]
The Big Issue: Sex workers reveal the shocking things police say when they report violence and harassment
The English Collective of Prostitutes has highlighted 10 of the common responses members receive from police when reporting harassment and violence. The group says decriminalisation of sex work could mitigate the stigma.ANEZKA TUREKEnglish Collective of Prostitutes during a protest last year. Image: Juno Mac / SWARM“Who do you go to if police are part of […]
Independent: Ireland’s prostitution laws ‘facilitating’ violent attacks against sex workers, Amnesty says
Sex workers say they see police ‘as a threat rather than a shield’Maya OppenheimWomen’s CorrespondentIreland’s decision to criminalise prostitution is “facilitating” harassment of sex workers and violent attacks against them, a scathing new report has found.Research carried out by Amnesty International warned legislation implemented in 2017 was driving sex workers to put their lives at risk in a desperate bid […]
The Home Office launched a VAWG Consultation to gather input into its 2020-2024 National Strategy. Prostitution wasn’t mentioned specifically, but some local authority VAWG strategies list prostitution as a form of violence against women on an equal par with rape, domestic abuse, stalking, harassment, etc. ECP collaborated with National Ugly Mugs and Umbrella Lane on a […]