Sex Workers

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

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 22.10.2014 | 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.

Why I Spend One Night a Week Supporting South London's Sex Workers

Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara C Nelson

As a full-time journalist I'm constantly exposed to the shitty, bleak side of life. As a result, I've learned not to sentimentalise and that certainly benefits me in this role. Because there is no point in breaking down in tears while a sex worker tells you she has been raped or robbed or both. It doesn't help. What I can do is empathise. Provide a hug. Organise immediate, practical assistance such as food, clothes, medical care or arrange police intervention. Violence against sex workers is a huge problem and this is exacerbated by the fact that selling sex is, after all, illegal.

These Unsettling Photographs Show A Different Side To Sex Workers

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

For many, the idea of sex workers conjures up images of seedy bars, red light districts and bustling city centres. But one photographer is sheddin...

Sex Workers Vs Christian Evangelists: The Other World Cup Match This Weekend (PICTURES, VIDEO)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK

Brazilian prostitutes took on a team of evangelical Christians this weekend in an impromptu football game to raise awareness of sex worker’s rights....

A System Which Causes Undue Harm to Victims of Rape

Alex Feis-Bryce | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK
Alex Feis-Bryce

If Blackstone's Formulation is based on the principle that the state should not cause undue or mistaken harm then we need to seriously consider the harm to victims of rape and sexual assault who are subjected to an horrendous ordeal and then tragically failed by a system which allows them to be discredited and humiliated in the name of justice and all too often their courage in coming forward turns out to be in vain.

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.

Should Paying For Sex Be Outlawed In The UK?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK

A former Tory cabinet minister has said the UK should outlaw the purchase of sex in an urgent call for the reform of Britain's prostitution laws. C...

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...

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 involve...

Jessica Elgot

Porn Stars 'Don't Need Rescuing', Performers Tell Anti-Porn Conference

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 28.04.2014 | 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 28.04.2014 | 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.

Hunted

Laura Lee | Posted 28.04.2014 | 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 Feis-Bryce | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK
Alex Feis-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 27.04.2014 | 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 23.04.2014 | 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 Feis-Bryce | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Politics
Alex Feis-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 Feis-Bryce | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Alex Feis-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...