No Bad Women, Just Bad Laws. International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers17 December 2020, 5pm GMT Women from Hull and Mayfair on their similar struggles against poverty, violence and criminalisation. An Untold Story – Voices, a collective of women with experience of street sex work speaking on their determined struggle to […]
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.
Independent: Families of Yorkshire Ripper victims receive police apology for language used during investigation
‘It was only when some so-called respectable women got killed that they began to pay attention,’ says campaigner Maya Oppenheim Women’s Correspondent @mayaoppenheim West Yorkshire Police has apologised to the families of Peter Sutcliffe’s victims for the “language, tone and terminology” used by senior officers during their investigation into the killings. John Robins, the force’s chief constable, […]
Statement: Remembering 13 women, victims of terrorism, on the death of Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper.
We heard the news of the Yorkshire Ripper dying and our first thoughts were with the families, with the survivors. Probably, they must be feeling relief that they don’t have to face any chance of Sutcliffe getting out of prison, as there was some talk of that not long ago.The ECP was very involved at […]
This extraordinary interview with Natalia, a trans woman from Brazil in the ECP network, starts with her life growing up in a working-class community of “strength and kindness” but where the police wage war against them. Ostracised from her family when she comes out as trans, she finds care and a community with other trans […]
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 […]
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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 […]