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.
Nicki and Leo speak to Nikki and Charlotte, campaigners from the English Collective of Prostitutes, a grassroots network of sex workers and supporters campaigning for decriminalisation and safety.
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 […]
Government research proves sex workers feel unsafe under the current law; they want decriminalisation and so does the public.Government research published today provides evidence that the current prostitution laws increase the chance of harm and undermine sex workers’ safety.Laura Watson from the English Collective of Prostitutes which submitted evidence from its national network of sex workers working […]
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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 […]
BY GEORGIA ASPINALL | On Tuesday, Lee Hogben, a 35-year-old man from Bournemouth, was sentenced to 12 years in prison after raping a woman in a hotel when he chose to remove the condom being used during sex. This comes months after a landmark case in Germany found a police offer guilty of sexual assault for the […]
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 […]