Prostitution: Changing the Law Is Vital But Not Enough

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Politics
Katharine Sacks Jones

Women involved in prostitution cannot wait for support until after a final report is published. The Government must take urgent action now to ensure women involved in prostitution have the support they need. Otherwise, more women will lose their lives or experience even more awful and unnecessary suffering.

Criminalizing Men Who Have Sex With Men Boosts AIDS: A Lesson From Sri Lanka

Jonathan Cooper | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK
Jonathan Cooper

Over the past three months, 70 new cases of HIV have been reported in Sri Lanka, representing an increase from this time last year. The National STD /...

Doing Things in a More Civilised Way

James Lark | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Politics
James Lark

If you really care about these vulnerable women, men and children, then instead of spoiling for the fight that the media have predictably turned into the main story, acknowledge that you are unified in your beliefs that the current law doesn't work, that criminalising victims doesn't help and that you want to do something about it?

On a Sex Worker Outreach Night

Sophie Hemery | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK
Sophie Hemery

As we drove around the borough after dark - car stacked with Kit Kats, coffee and condoms - I wondered if I'd even met a sex worker. I've read a lot, sure, but my grasp of the visceral reality was, like most people's, minimal.

Cameron Should Listen to His Younger Self About Drugs

Alex Yeates | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Yeates

Through consistently denying the benefits that come with legalising and regulating them and persisting in an expensive and useless war against them, you only prolong and worsen the issue.

A Charter for Pimps and Sex Buyers

Diane Martin CBE | Posted 06.08.2016 | UK
Diane Martin CBE

In a week where we see Amnesty International attempt to push through policy supporting the discriminalisation of sex buying, pimping and brothel keeping, here comes a report from The Institute of Economic Affairs claiming that 'Decriminalising Britain's' £4billion sex industry would increase protection of women'. It is a claim that further entitles men to pay for the bodies of women, because, well ...they just can't help it. This couldn't be further from the truth.

Party Policies on Sex Work: A Complex Mess of Contradictions

Alex Feis-Bryce | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Politics
Alex Feis-Bryce

As we approach a vital general election for the human rights and safety of sex workers the measures being presented by the parties in a policy area which seems - surprisingly, one might think - to transcend traditional left-right divides are more complex than ever

AIDS2014: Ambition and Optimism - But Also a Serious Reality Check

Ann Fordham | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK
Ann Fordham

Turning this around requires greater international leadership, political commitment and will, tireless health and human rights advocacy, and a scale-up (rather than down) in donor support for the countries most in need. Only then can we begin to seriously talk about a world without AIDS.

Activist Spotlight: Pye Jakobsson, Co-Founder of Rose Alliance, Sweden, and President of The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP)

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Jacobs

Since the mid-1990s, Pye Jakobsson from Stockholm, Sweden, has been a sex workers' rights activist and from the 1980s, she has been involved in HIV...

10 Things You Need to Know Before You Support the Swedish Model of Sex Work

Suzi Godson | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Whether we like it or not, criminalising the buying and selling of sex is an attempt to legislate morality and exercise control over private sexual behaviour. Sex workers are human beings and selling sex is their business. Sex workers must be entitled to the same labour rights as other workers and the same human rights as other people.

'Decriminalisation In Portugal Was Not A Blessing'

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK

Portgual's approach to drug use has been described as "impressive" by a report from an influential committee of MPs - and as a possible example for Br...

Forced Marriage is Criminal, But Criminalising is Not the Best Solution

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 28.08.2012 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

It is astonishing that forced marriage is still prevalent in some, mainly tribal, cultures in the name of religion. Sadly that includes some Muslim cultures as well. But mainstream Muslims have been outspoken against forced marriage.

In Favour of Drugs

Alan McGee | Posted 26.03.2012 | UK
Alan McGee

With all the recent talk by Sir Richard Branson about decriminalising drugs, it made me think about the three big moments in my life which changed me, or even (if you like) opened my third eye. What people ingest is up to them, but for me it gave me access to creative worlds whilst running Creation that I would never have got to without the helping hand of the gods.

Libs Dems Expected To Call For Drugs Laws To Be Scrapped

PA | Posted 04.10.2011 | UK Politics

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Liberal Democrats are poised to call for the decriminalisation of the possession of all drugs, insisting that current laws are "h...

Cameron Should Adopt his Earlier Radicalism and Support Lucas' Proposal to Decriminalise Drugs

Joshua Lachkovic | Posted 07.09.2011 | UK Politics
Joshua Lachkovic

Lucas' constituency Brighton has the country's highest drugs-related death rate per capita. And instead of continuing the disastrous war on drugs, she turns to a decriminalisation process that Portugal has adopted for the past decade.