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Sex work decriminalisation news

Posted at 21:23 on 6 Jun 2017 by Pandora Blake

It's two days until the UK general election, and the English Collective of Prostitutes have organised a drive to write to MPs and party candidates urging them to support the decriminalisation of sex work. Austerity, benefit sanctions and rising poverty are forcing more people into prostitution, particularly women and mothers. The UK's prostitution laws make it harder for sex workers to stay safe. People who lack other options shouldn't be penalised for making the best choices they can to survive and feed their families. When our government is letting down people with disabilities and mental health problems, defunding and selling off the NHS, cutting welfare and funding to public services, more of those people are likely to turn to sex work as a last resort - and the UK's deeply unjust prostitution laws make it illegal for sex workers to support each other to stay out of harm's way. I've just filled out the form to email my candidates, it's a model letter and only takes a minute or two.

It's too late for them to write back before the election, but it's not too late to take the opportunity to make candidates aware of this issue - and put pressure on whichever of them gets elected to support the recommendation of the Home Affairs Select Committee to decriminalise prostitution. If you have any time today or tomorrow, please take a second to contact your candidates and put sex work decriminalisation on their agenda. 

The ECP have also finally released the evidence report from their parliamentary symposium on sex work law at the House of Commons, which took place in November 2015. I was there; it was an amazing day that brought together academics, activists and sex workers from all over the world to to give evidence on the social and health impact of prostitution laws. It delves into the real world consequences of the criminalisation of clients (the Nordic model), full criminalisation as in the US, and full decriminalisation (the New Zealand model). It's an amazing resource which is available in the parliamentary archives for MPs to access - if you email your MP using their lobbying tool the link is included to encourage them to have a read. Do take a look and educate yourself, there's a lot of misinformation about sex work but once you look at the evidence it's really clear. 

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Tags: decriminalisation, English Collective of Prostitutes, politics, sex workers' rights, SWARM

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English Collective of Prostitutes - Parliamentary film screening and decriminalisation evidence report

Posted at 12:09 on 1 Nov 2016 by Pandora Blake

Invitation from The English Collective of Prostitutes - Make Mum Safer

The English Collective of Prostitutes invite you to a launch event hosted by Dawn Butler MP and actress Sarah Solemani.

Tuesday 22nd November 2016, 2.30-4.00pm
Committee Room 9, House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, London SW1A 0AA.

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What I'm up to - autumn edition

Posted at 01:06 on 5 Nov 2015 by Pandora Blake

I'm back in the UK for three short weeks before I go travelling again, and I can't believe how quickly the time is passing. There's an awful lot going on at the moment - almost all of it good! Here's a brief snapshot of my autumn:

Sexual Freedom Awards

I've been nominated for a Sexual Freedom Award! I'm a finalist in the Publicist of the Year category for my work promoting ethical porn and campaigning against censorship and for sex work law reform. It's an incredible honour to be named - in fact I've been aware of the awards for ten years, and it's a bit of a dream come true. Thank you so much to those who nominated me - you know who you are. ♥

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Tags: Australia tour 2015, English Collective of Prostitutes, media, politics, sex work, Sex Worker Open University

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HULA House at the Crossroads Women’s Centre

Posted at 02:09 on 18 Sep 2015 by Pandora Blake

After a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe and four FOUR STAR reviews, Permanently Visible are bringing their critically acclaimed, Art’s Council England funded show, Hula House to Crossroads Women’s Centre this month.

Hula House - part of Calm Down, Dear the Camden People’s Theatre (CPT) festival of feminist work - is an interactive, site-specific performance, offering an intimate insight into the lives of UK sex workers.   

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Tags: English Collective of Prostitutes, listen to sex workers, politics, sex work

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