Sex workers organising for safety & justice
2.30-6pm, at St Peter’s Community Hall, 56 Warner Place, London, E2 7DA.
Recent police raids against sex workers in Soho, London, have thrown scores of women out of the relative safety of their flats and arrests against street workers are rife. At the same time unemployment benefit cuts and sanctions, lowering wages, homelessness, and debt are forcing more women, particularly mothers, into prostitution. Sex workers who report violence can find themselves prosecuted while their attacker goes free. And victims of trafficking, instead of the support they are entitled to, are “treated as immigration offenders facing detention and removals”. The response from parliamentarians addresses none of these issues and instead proposes to criminalise sex workers’ clients. Find out what sex workers are doing to defend our ability to make a living without being criminalised and our rights to protection and justice.
For your interest – more workshops at The Spark from other groups based at the Crossroads Women’s Centre with us.
Tues 17 June 2.30pm-6pm
Welfare rights & organising – workshop with SMSD, WinVisible, Boycott Workfare & Disabled People Against Cuts More info
Friday 20 June 2.30pm-6pm
Campaigning for justice, against deportation and Israeli state pink washing – workshop with Queer Strike
Friday 20 June 7pm-9pm
Selma James, Global Women’s Strike, speaking on panel “Hope in the dark: The struggle is for a lifetime”. Selma’s recently published anthology Sex, Race and Class includes the chapter Hookers in the House of the Lord, the account of the occupation of a church by sex workers protesting against the prostitution laws in Kings Cross, London in 1982.