By Joel Hellewell I’m going to use the term woman/women in prostitution even if it is a bit clunky, since it is hopefully tolerable to both sides of the debate. I have never sold sex, so I cannot speak to the experiences of women that have. I hope that what comes through is a genuine […]
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.
By Joel Hellewell 19 September 2017 This post is a response to the “meme” created by Nordic Model Now, claiming that the rate of sexual assault in New Zealand has increased since 2003, primarily because of the decriminalisation of prostitution in the Prostitution Reform Act 2003. Link to the meme: https://nordicmodelnow.org/2016/08/11/meme-about-new-zealand-since-the-full-decriminalisation-of-the-sex-trade/ The first thing to […]
By John Owen BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme Image caption “Suzanne” says one client punched her until she passed out Sex workers say they are being left more vulnerable to attack by laws making it illegal for them to share premises for safety, and that they feel unable to report abuse. Two such women have spoken […]
Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent Labour frontbencher Keir Starmer concerned about priorities of Met police after spate of robberies of premises used for sex work in London Keir Starmer has sent a letter to Scotland Yard in defence of one of his constituents who was threatened with prosecution for sex work. Photograph: Ray Tang/Rex/Shutterstock Scotland […]
ECP and SWARM are devastated at the death of Romina Kalachi, a sex worker found murdered in her flat in Kilburn last week. Our thoughts are with Romina’s family and friends. Yesterday, Noor Mohammed appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court charged with Kalachi’s murder. Romina was a migrant from Italy, working in a residential flat in Kilburn. […]
On 17 December we remember and commemorate the more than 140 sex workers who have been killed in the past year across the globe. Many others have lost their lives who have never hit the headlines. But we also acknowledge and count the ongoing struggle, led by sex workers to win safety and protection from rape […]
Eleanor Cunningham It’s claimed there has been a rise in violence towards sex workers in the capital. The English Collective of Prositutes says it’s aware of attacks, and has repeated its call for changes to the law to protect those involved. One woman – who has asked to remain anonymous – has been telling London […]
posted by Morning Star in Features Scores of women have gone missing or been murdered in South Central LA, but racism and police indifference mean families are still awaiting answers, reports SARA CALLAWAY OVER 200 black women are missing in South Los Angeles. As many as 100 are believed to be victims of serial murders. […]
For International Women’s Week & part of International Actions IN REMEMBERANCE OF BLACK WOMEN VICTIMS OF SERIAL MURDERS! Screening of Nick Bloomfield’s Tales of the Grim Sleeper Saturday 12 March 7.30pm Crossroads Women’s Centre 25 Wolsey Mews, Kentish Town, London NW5 2DX […]
Can a “police-managed” area – one that effectively allows the street sex trade to operate legally – ever truly keep sex workers safe? BuzzFeed News spoke to the women in Holbeck, Leeds, to ask. A five-minute drive from the centre of Leeds lies Holbeck, an inner-city area that could be mistaken for any other industrial-led […]