Sex Workers

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

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 07.04.2014 | 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...

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

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 18.03.2014 | 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 involve...

Jessica Elgot

Porn Stars 'Don't Need Rescuing', Performers Tell Anti-Porn Conference | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK

Porn stars, prostitutes and strippers "do not need to be rescued" by anti-porn feminists. That was the rally cry at a London protest on Saturday, with...

Yesterday's Outcome on Prostitution Was a Victory for Genuine Choice

Mary Honeyball | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Politics
Mary Honeyball

My view on this is clear. I simply do not believe that any more than an eccentric few go into prostitution through genuine preference. Prostitutes tend to enter the job young and to come from deprived backgrounds. Many have histories of abuse and addiction.

The Swedish Model Criminalising the Purchase of Sex Is Dangerous: The European Parliament Should Have Rejected It

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Jacobs

The sex purchase ban does not work in Sweden. But even if it did work there, in a wealthy country with a small population and a small number of people in prostitution, it will not work here in the UK. There are 80,000 people in prostitution here, mostly in poverty and 70% single mothers.


Laura Lee | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Politics
Laura Lee

Like any human being, I watched the documentary Hunted with an open mouth and an increasing horror. I also watched it whilst trying to quieten the several fireworks going off in my head at once. The similarities between homosexuals' rights in Russia and sex workers' rights in the UK/Ireland are breath taking.

A Victory for Mary Honeyball But a Defeat for Human Rights, Evidence-Based Policy and Dignified Political Debate

Alex Bryce | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK
Alex Bryce

Yesterday the European Parliament backed measures which have been rejected as a violation of basic human rights by Amnesty, Human Rights Watch and UNAIDS. Mary Honeyball MEP's report advocating the criminalisation of the purchase of sex were widely criticised... Despite the overwhelming evidence Ms. Honeyball charged ahead on a moral crusade to eradicate sex work at whatever cost.

Sex Work and the Swedish Model: Modern Prudery or Enlightened Ambition?

Mason Forbes | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK
Mason Forbes

A carefully orchestrated campaign to criminalise the buyer of sexual services is set to be centre staged this year. Emotions, prejudice, feminism, ideology and religion are creating a vortex, and revolving at its centre is the question as to whether selling and purchasing sexual services is right or wrong. Where are the rights of sex workers in this debate, have they been consulted and has their voice been heard?

Kent Police 'Safe Exit' Scheme Claiming to Help Women in Prostitution Instead Caused Them Harm

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK
Ruth Jacobs

This was not a scheme concerned with helping a group of vulnerable women. It was a scheme concerned with gentrification. The award Safe Exit received from Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes, was for 'cleaning up the streets' and not for any help given to women leaving the sex trade.

Policing Prostitution - The Merseyside Hate Crime Model That Prioritises Protection of Sex Workers

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Ruth Jacobs

Women in the sex trade don't have the protection of the police. Often when reporting crimes against them they fear being charged with something related to prostitution, not being believed, being blamed, losing their standing in the community, losing custody of their children.

WATCH: Belle De Jour On Students Doing Sex Work

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Brooke Magnanti, better known by her call girl pen name Belle De Jour, spoke to Oxford Union about students becoming sex workers - and said if her dau...

Closing Edinburgh's Saunas Will Endanger Vulnerable Sex Workers

Marta-Emilia Bona | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Marta-Emilia Bona

However uncomfortable we may be with the continued existence of prostitution, it is far more unsettling to imagine some of the city's most vulnerable women forced onto the streets, due to the misplaced objectives of a city council which believes that it is capable of eradicating an industry as old as Jesus Christ.

Why I Will Be Thinking About Petite Jasmine on December 17th, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Alex Bryce | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Politics
Alex Bryce

The issue of the laws around prostitution has once again been brought onto the news agenda by the recent decision by French politicians to adopt regre...

'Hands Off My Whore'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK

A group of 343 self-confessed French "scumbags" have signed a “Manifesto of the bastards”, seeking to block a bill that would outlaw paying for se...

York Students Turn to Sex Work to Fund Degrees

Fiona Parker | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Fiona Parker

Dozens of university students in York have turned to sex work as they struggle to fund their degrees, as revealed by Nouse. As many as 30 students in York are operating as escorts, and eight agencies in the area were able to provide student escorts. One agency said they had up to seven students available.

Blinded by Ideology

Alex Bryce | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Alex Bryce

I attended the launch of Gabriella's film 'Honest Lies' at Amnesty International Headquarters in London earlier this week and was concerned at the dehumanising attitudes towards sex workers being expressed by some of the panellists...

Raped, Impregnated and Imprisoned: Qatar's Forgotten Workers

Kerry Ann Akers | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Kerry Ann Akers

Sexual violence and imprisonment are facts of life for many of Qatar's women workers. Largely women from Nepal, India and the Philippines, Qatar's domestic workers face isolation and exploitation in the world's richest country.

Zurich Opens New 'Sex Boxes'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK

Switzerland's first-ever drive-in sex booths are set to open in Zurich. In an attempt to monitor the sex trade in the capital, the government is op...

The Secret World of the Student Sex Worker

Rebecca Schofield | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Schofield

Each year the cost of living as a student goes up, with rent rates being hiked by landlords hoping to scratch a living and the fear of overdraft fees, not to mention the prospect of up to £53,000 of debt looming once you leave University, it's not surprising that an ever increasing number of students are turning to sex work as a way to make money quickly - cash in hand that will fit around a busy schedule of studying and socialising... The work that these students are doing isn't simply prostitution, with many turning to stripping on webcam services and working as lap dancers and strippers.

Stabbed to Death by Stigma

Kate L. Gould | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kate L. Gould

Despite being the poster nation for sexual equality, Sweden's laws on sex work and attitudes towards it are woefully patriarchal. The purchase of sex is illegal and the prevailing view is that sex work is a form of self-harm and women who choose to work in the sex industry are victims without agency or reason.

Violence Against Sex Workers 'Should Be Classed As A Hate Crime'

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 11.04.2013 | UK

Violence against sex workers should be reclassified as a hate crime, a new report has said, claiming that the risks associated with prostitution have ...

Treat Attacks Against Sex Workers as 'Hate Crimes' Before Someone Gets Murdered

Andrew Boff | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics
Andrew Boff

Criminals often target sex workers and other 'hate crime' groups, before moving on to the wider public. Two of the most notorious serial killers Peter Sutcliffe and Gary Leon Ridgway initially murdered sex workers before targeting other women. So if we can get sex workers to report crimes, everyone gains.

How I Spent £150,000 on Chinese Prostitutes in 18 Months

Chris Dangerfield | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Comedy
Chris Dangerfield

People don't want to see the world for what it is; they spend their lives pretending things are otherwise. Prostitution cracks the veneer, its actuality threatens to break the artificial limits our lives already, silently, secretly, and shamefully transcend, but people want to brush such confessions into the corner, under the carpet.

91-Year-Old Chinese Grandfather Caught During Prostitution Raid

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Whether you're buying or selling, the age of the global sex market appears to be growing older, recent reports suggest. Following the arrest of a ...

Whether A Scam Or Real, Sponsor A Scholar Is 'Tip Of A Very Large Iceberg'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The website exposed last week for apparently offering students tuition fee money in return for sex is the "tip of a very large iceberg", a sex industr...