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3rd August

 Commented: Just so they can feel good about their gender equality...

Obscenely rich and selfish celebrities seek to criminalise the poor who need recourse to sex work
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First Do No Harm DVD Actresses including Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson, write an open letter opposing an Amnesty International policy to endorse the decriminalisation of the sex trade.

The human rights group is set to review its internal policy document on sex work at a meeting in Dublin next month.

But the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) said that if the new policy was adopted, Amnesty would in effect advocate the legalisation of pimping, brothel owning and sex buying that forms the basis of the lucrative global sex industry.

Signatories from the lucrative media industry also includes Emily Blunt, Lena Dunham and Anne Hathaway.

Amnesty is reviewing its policy amid evidence that criminalising adults for consensual sex work can lead to greater abuse against sex workers . The charity is in the final stages of receiving feedback on the draft policy but stressed that no decision had yet been made.

vice logo Offsite Article: The Amnesty Sex Work Argument, Broken Down

2nd August 2015. See article from vice.com by Frankie Mullen. Thanks to Therumbler

You might have noticed a shit-storm around sex work in your newsfeed this week : Amnesty was accused of being onside with pimps, there were lots of open letters and there were even more opinions.

...read the full article

 

Offsite Comment: The Guardian's high priestesses of PC speak in favour of a violent and exploitative environment for sex workers

3rd August 2015. See  article from  theguardian.com

The Guardian Obviously, Amnesty is right to say that sex workers have human rights and that these should be respected ...BUT... many Amnesty supporters believe that the trade itself tends to corrupt or to violate these rights, except for a lucky few participants. The broadest coalitions unite around the narrowest agendas. A call to legalise sex work is a distraction from Amnesty's core mission, and dangerous to it too.

...Read the full article

 

30th July

 Petition: Stand firm with sex workers...

We call on the Amnesty International Council to stand firm and support decriminalisation of sex work and protect the human rights of sex workers
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support amnesty Support Amnesty International's proposed policy calling for the decriminalisation of sex work

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) and our allies take this opportunity to express our support for Amnesty International's draft policy calling for the decriminalisation of sex work, which is to be tabled for adoption at the International Council Meeting, 6-11th August 2015. Amnesty International is facing a backlash from campaigners for proposing a policy that seeks to uphold the human rights of sex workers.

We ask the Amnesty International Council to stand firm and support decriminalisation of sex work and protect the human rights of sex workers.

The draft policy is backed up by the findings of country-based research carried out by Amnesty International on the human rights impact of the criminalisation of sex work and also on the 2014 consultation, which included input from many sex workers around the world -- the community most affected by the proposals.

NSWP would also like to condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the CATW statement, open letter and online petition attacking Amnesty International's proposals. CATW's position is stigmatising, discriminatory and misrepresents the facts, conflating sex work with human trafficking. Most importantly it ignores the lived experiences of sex workers, silences their voices and seeks to perpetuate legal systems which place sex workers at increased risk of violence, stigmatisation, and discrimination; as well as limiting their access to health and social services. Furthermore, CATW is ignoring the overwhelming body of evidence and the findings of international bodies such as the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, who recommend that governments should work towards the decriminalisation of sex work and The Lancet which recently published a special series on HIV and Sex Workers, which also recommends the decriminalisation of sex work and reported "Decriminalisation of sex work would have the greatest effect on the course of HIV epidemics across all settings, averting 33--46% of HIV infections in the next decade."

There is a wide recognition among international agencies that the decriminalisation of sex work is necessary to protect and respect the human rights of sex workers. These agencies include; UNAIDS , UNFPA, UNDP, WHO, The World Bank , Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women (GAATW) , Human Rights Watch , the Lancet, Open Society Foundations .

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) has issued a Statement of Support for Amnesty International setting out some of the extensive evidence that backs up Amnesty International's call for the decriminalisation of sex work and calls on human rights defenders to stand with sex workers in supporting this progressive policy.

Please sign this petition to show support for the Amnesty International resolution to support decriminalisation of sex work and ensure the human rights of sex workers are upheld.

...Sign the petition from change.org

 

22nd July

 Offsite Article: China's no fun...

Link Here  full story: Sex Work in China...Ever under duress
china police raids Red lights dim in China's sin city Dongguan as a prolonged crackdown decimates sexy nightlife

See article from news.asiaone.com

 

14th July

  Miserable Russia...

Russia proposes a new twist to criminalising paying for sex, fines are higher for married men
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Russian Duma logo A miserable Russian lawmaker is drafting a bill introducing fines and community service for using the services of prostitutes. The bill introduces an interesting new concept with lighter punishment for single people and significantly harsher sanctions for married men and women.

Oleg Mikheyev of the center-left 'Fair' Russia party wants to amend the administrative code with a new article specifically describing using sex services for money as an offence. The proposed penalties are that single people would have to pay between 1,500 and 2,000 rubles ($26-$35) in fines, but married clients, men and women alike, would face either fines of between 2,000 and 5,000rubles ($35 - $88) or perform up to 40 hours of community service.

The proposed penalty is in the same range as the fines for prostitution itself and Mikheyev said in press comments that one of the reasons he wrote the bill was the desire to make the conditions equal for the workers and customers in the sex industry. Currently, prostitution in Russia is punishable by an administrative fine of between 1,500 and 2,000 rubles ($26-$35) and pimping (defined as receiving income from another person's work as a prostitute) can carry fines between 2,000 and 2,500 rubles ($35-$44) or up to 10 days of administrative detention.