Sex Work

We Must End The 'Sex For Rent' Exploitation Of Vulnerable People Unable To Afford To Live

Ruth Maguire | Posted 16.10.2017 | UK Politics
Ruth Maguire

The SNP has a clear policy on the matter, which is to support a 'Scottish model' for prostitution, which would criminalise those paying for sex, but not those who sell it. The passing of the "Sex for Rent motion" illustrates the strength of feeling out there about the need to tackle exploitation and adds further weight to the calls for the Scottish Government to take action and legislate. Whether it's sex for rent or sex for cash - to end the exploitation, what is crystal clear is we have to end the demand.

How Decriminalising Sex Work Would Help Some Of The Most Stigmatised Workers In The Country

Cat Stephens | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK
Cat Stephens

The Trades Union Congress will today debate a motion from train drivers' union ASLEF, asking for support for full and complete decriminalisation of consensual adult sex work. We believe sex workers should have the same rights as every other worker in this country. This includes their right to join a trade union and organise. Current legislation forces these workers to work alone leaving them vulnerable to crime and afraid to report violence to the police through of fear of arrest. Decriminalisation would increase sex workers' safety, enhance access to health services and end criminal records - thereby making exiting the industry easier. We hope for an informed debate and a positive result for some of the most stigmatised workers in society.

The Contemporary 'Cult Of The 'Sex-Worker''

Heather Brunskell-Evans | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK
Heather Brunskell-Evans

In certain social circles praising sex-workers has become fashionable. How has prostitution - an out-dated, slavery-like industry - been made to look ...

The Horror of Sex Tourism in Madagascar

Johanna Higgs | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

I stayed in a hotel in the center of the sleaze. One of the first things I noticed was a sign on my bathroom door warning me to not bring children into the room for sex. A sign that I guessed had no effect as each day I watched old men coming in and out of the hotel with girls who barely looked 18.

Sex Workers Have the Right to Be Free From Violence, Abuse, and Discrimination - Just Like Anyone Else

Kerry Moscogiuri | Posted 27.05.2017 | UK
Kerry Moscogiuri

Essentially today, we are acknowledging that sex workers have the right to be free from violence, abuse, and discrimination. Just like anyone else. To accompany the policy's launch, we have also published four new reports looking at the plight of sex workers in Argentina, Hong Kong, Norway and Papua New Guinea. Overall the reports come to the same conclusion. Governments must do much more to protect sex workers from abuse. And criminalisation of sex work contributes to the denial and abuse of their human rights.

Why I'm Backing Sophie Walker for London Mayor

Janie Davies | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Politics
Janie Davies

I decided months ago that I would cast my vote in the London Mayoral election according to candidates' policies around the sex trade. As the campaign to implement the Nordic model in the UK accelerates, I will be voting for Sophie Walker, leader of Women's Equality Party...

The False Dichotomy of 'Empowered Prostitution'

Luana Salles | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK
Luana Salles

The most conflicting aspect of feeling sorry for these women, and angry at the system that did this to them, was that I also grew up being told their job was empowering. It was liberating, as a woman, to have the agency to choose to sell your body for money, because your body is 'an asset' and yours to 'sell', if you so choose.

The Slut-Shaming of a Sex Worker on Facebook

Jerry Barnett | Posted 15.04.2017 | UK
Jerry Barnett

This story is hardly an unusual one. Sex workers experience slut-shaming and other abuse as standard if they dare have a public presence. I have a ...

The John Whittingdale 'Scandal': Dominatrix Is Not A Dirty Word

Louise Ridley | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK
Louise Ridley

The row over the story is growing - pulling in several competing conspiracy theories around how the media decides what to cover. It's starting to become about the way journalism works, and the way journalism is changing. Sadly, one thing that's not changing fast enough is subtle media sexism...

Legal Prostitutes Are Safer: Don't Be French!

Adrienne Macartney | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Politics
Adrienne Macartney

Laws do not and will never stop the trade of sex. Decreeing sex work illegal simply puts already vulnerable people in greater danger. Social integration, discourse and an informed flexible legal structure is the way forward. Prostitutes need platforms, not cells.

How I'm Helping Sex Workers Receive Education in a Safe, Judgement-Free Environment

Shamelle Rice | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Shamelle Rice

In Barbados prostitution is illegal and very taboo, but I discovered that women in the sex work community wanted services and programmes that catered specifically to them as they transitioned out of the work...

Sex Workers Doing It for Themselves - Through Labour Unions

Gregor Gall | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
Gregor Gall

Sex worker unionisation is, thus, a work in progress and a battle still being fought out across the world. My book suggests that developing an occupational form of labour unionism is the best way forward to meet the continuing challenges involved in unionisation of sex workers.

End Demand vs. Decriminalisation: Where Should We Stand on Sex Work?

Zahra Wynne | Posted 05.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Zahra Wynne

Amnesty and the many other organisations that advocate for the decriminalisation of sex work are not saying that prostitution is a human right, or endorsing sex trafficking. Rather, they are asking for an end to the violence, state brutality, and stigma that sex workers face on a routine basis.

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.

Prostitution: Should It Be Decriminalised?

Anna Tippett | Posted 21.08.2016 | UK
Anna Tippett

Prostitution is technically already legal in the UK. The exchange of sexual services for money is completely legal but engaging in practises such as soliciting in a public place and curb crawling are not.

Amnesty's Vote to Decriminalise Sex Work Is a Betrayal of Women

Stephanie Davies-Arai | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK
Stephanie Davies-Arai

As it is overwhelmingly women and girls who are bought by men, any policy which is constructed out of a denial of that truth is meaningless. If we stop for a moment and imagine that that statement reads 'it is overwhelmingly black people who are bought by white people' it's clear that no Human Rights organisation would be trying to obscure that fact in any policy.

Sex Work and Interpretive Labour

Rose Gibbs | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK
Rose Gibbs

Clearly while decriminalising sex work will not put an end to the abuse and trafficking of vulnerable people (who are mostly women and girls), it may however help in preventing these activities.

Why the Third Sector Must Be Political

Alex Feis-Bryce | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Alex Feis-Bryce

Most of us could get more money and have more resources at our disposal in the private sector or even in the public sector. We do what we do because we identify with those for whom we advocate and are disgusted at the injustices they face. Surely we are doing a profound disservice to them if we choose to remain silent rather than joining with them in calling for changes that will improve their lives.

Blood Donation - Who Are We Really Discriminating Against?

Yusef Azad | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK
Yusef Azad

Is the 12 month deferral for gay men reasonable and evidence-based? We suspect it may no longer be so and the rules need to be reviewed to ensure no discrimination is taking place. There are, however, groups excluded by the blood donation rules permanently...

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

One In 20 Students Taking Up Sex Work To Pay Their Way Through University

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

One in 20 students are selling their bodies for sex in order to pay their living costs while at university, major new research has claimed. The "si...

Northern Ireland's Criminalisation of Buying Sex Puts Sex Workers at Risk

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Jacobs

Supporters of Lord Morrow's Bill eliminated from their agenda the safety of the very women they claim are vulnerable. They attempted to defame those who do not back the criminalisation of the purchase of sex as supporters of sex trafficking in order to undermine their arguments. They should have properly examined the available evidence and consulted with those to whom the legislation applies: sex workers themselves.

The Oldest Part-Time Profession in the World? Students Turning to Prostitution

Ben Mawdsley | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Mawdsley

The oldest profession in the world is becoming the job of choice for some students across the country, using a variety of means to advertise themselves. ..

The Sex Trade: Lies, the 'Voice of the Voiceless' and Other Silencing Tactics

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Jacobs

Most people are voiceless because no one is letting them talk or listening to them when they do. There is a lot to be said for quitting being the voice of the voiceless and letting people speak for themselves. But not by those seeking to abolish the sex trade. Words are put into people's mouths when they can be, and when they can't, those people are silenced and dismissed.

APPG on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade Report "Shifting the Burden" Increases Violence Against Women

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Jacobs

Women in the sex trade who are injecting drug users are the worst hit by their sex purchase ban. No harm reduction (condoms, lubrication etc.) for sex workers or drug users (needle exchanges) is provided in Sweden as it is erroneously believed to encourage sex work and drug use...