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Offsite Article: Sex work and the London 2012 Olympics. How was it for you?...


Link Here 23rd September 2012
Full story: Trafficking Hype...Trafficking figures hopelessly over exaggerated
Georgina Perry has been the service manager for Open Doors, a clinical, case management and outreach service for sex workers in London. She speaks of the overhyped issue of trafficking in the run up to the Olympics

See article from thetraffickingresearchproject.wordpress.com

 

 

Update: Mean Minded Christians...

CARE campaign in favour of criminalising buying sex in Scotland


Link Here22nd September 2012
Full story: Sex Work in Scotland...Bills to ban and to decriminalise sex work

Plans to criminalise the purchase of sexual services in Scotland have been welcomed by the miserable christian political group CARE (Christian Action Research and Education)

The political campaigners claimed that commercial prostitution was fuelling the demand for people to be trafficked and exploited.

Gordon Macdonald, CARE for Scotland Parliamentary Officer, said:

We welcome Rhoda Grant's approach to reducing the demand for prostitution and subsequently people trafficking for sexual exploitation. Prostitution is inherently harmful and dehumanising. We encourage supporters to respond to the consultation.

Genevieve Galvin, CARE's Human Trafficking and Exploitation Officer, said:

Sweden has shown that criminalising the purchase of sex works as an effective strategy to protect the vulnerable from sexual exploitation, minimise violence against women and foster a more positive sense of equality and dignity throughout society.

 

 

Miserable Morrow...

Lawmaker proposes a ban on buying sex in Northern Ireland


Link Here22nd August 2012

Maurice Morrow, a miserable member of Northern Ireland's Legislative Assembly has proposed changes to the law on prostitution to make buying sex illegal.

His Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill is due to go out to public consultation until 18 October 2012.

Miserable Morrow noted it was already illegal to pay for sex in Northern Ireland from someone who has been coerced but wants to go further. He spewed:

The majority of rescued victims of trafficking in Northern Ireland are those brought here for sexual exploitation and I believe that we can do better.

For instance, in Sweden, there's a very clear message of zero tolerance for the purchase of sex that has had a clear impact on trafficking.

 

 

Lone Nutter...

Challenging all Edinburgh's massage parlour licensing decisions


Link Here3rd August 2012

Edinburgh's blind eye policy towards sex-for-sale saunas is facing a challenge in the courts.

A nutter has pledged to appeal against every sauna licence granted by the city council. Mike Anthony claims councillors have been breaking the law for years by approving saunas which are effectively operating as brothels.

Earlier this week, he sought an interim interdict to stop the council granting any more licences. The bid for an immediate block on council approval for the city's saunas failed, but the civil action will continue through the courts.

Anthony said he would fight individual applications for renewal of the public entertainment licences as they came up. There are around 15 licensed saunas in the Capital. Anthony has lodged objections to 13 renewal applications which are due to be considered by councillors in the next few months. If the licences are granted, he can appeal against the decision to the sheriff court.

The 59-year-old website producer said he had been prompted to take his legal action after comments made by Tory councillor Joanna Mowat at a hustings during the council elections earlier this year. When a member of the audience asked about Edinburgh's policy on saunas, Cllr Mowat confessed she felt uncomfortable about the way sauna licensing was handled.

Anthony has argued that since it was against the law to run or assist in running a brothel, councillors were committing a criminal offence.

 

 

Nothing Better To Do...

Police pander to the moralists and promise to set up an East End vice squad


Link Here26th July 2012

Police are aiming to set up a permanent vice squad after the Olympics to hassle sex workers in London's East End. That was the pledge by the Met's new Tower Hamlets borough commander Dave Stringer at a public meeting in Whitechapel.

It follows a six-month action against street prostitutes and kerb-crawlers in the area around Vallance Road and the Flower & Dean estate off Brick Lane which has resulted in 65 sex workers arrested this year.

Stringer told the packed meeting at the Osmani community centre:

I want to set up a vice squad---but we have the Olympics commitment first,

But the commitments by the Met finishes September 16, so I'm looking to get something in place at the start of October.

 

 

Offsite Article: Studying Tax Law...


Link Here10th July 2012
Escort jailed for tax fraud after turning to prostitution to fund a university education

See article from dailymail.co.uk

 

 

Offsite Article: Do newspaper sex adverts really encourage the trafficking of women?...


Link Here 7th July 2012
Full story: Trafficking Hype...Trafficking figures hopelessly over exaggerated
Roy Greenslade pulls up anti-prostitution MEP on citing unsubstantiated claims hyping the scale of sex trafficking. The old chestnut of high proportion of migrant sex workers somehow implying a high proportion being trafficked.

See article from guardian.co.uk

 

 

Ugly Mugs...

Home Office sets up scheme to inform sex workers of potentially violent customers


Link Here6th July 2012

The Home Office is set to launch a pioneering scheme to alert sex workers about people with a history of violence, including rape.

The scheme, which is being launched in Manchester, will encourage sex workers to co-ordinate with police on a national scale. It also has the wider intent of taking murderers, rapists and other violent criminals off the streets.

Sex workers will be alerted by text, email or phone app about people who have carried out attacks. Online escort agencies, street sex workers and those working in brothels will all be able to access the warnings.

The National Ugly Mugs pilot scheme is based on an Australian system. Similar schemes have been operating informally in areas of the UK but this is the first time that information will be collated nationally.

Sex workers are generally unable to report crimes directly to the police as they themselves would face police action for prostitution. So instead they can go through local sex work projects, which can pass intelligence to the police anonymously. The scheme will be managed by the UK Network of Sex Work Projects, an umbrella organisation of campaigners and academics.

One Manchester-based street sex worker, Naomi, welcomed the initiative:

I have been working on the streets for 17 years she said. I have experienced lots of attacks, rapes and attempted kidnap. It's good to know that someone cares about what happens to us, and that sex workers will be better protected.

Merseyside police have pioneered projects working with sex workers to share intelligence about violent attacks and have an above average rate of convictions for rapes carried out against sex workers and others.

The Metropolitan police, on the other hand, has a special team, and a half million budget, to harass sex workers ahead of the Olympic Games. (In the name of preventing the mythical mass 'trafficking' that is supposed to occur at major sporting events).

 

 

Update: Erotic Award Winner 2012...

Pioneer: Global Network of Sex Work Projects


Link Here4th July 2012

Pioneer

Winner: Global Network of Sex Work Projects (UK)

The NSWP was established in 1990, as an informal, sex worker-led network, to advance male, female and transgender sex workers' human rights and health, and influence policies worldwide. They have built a community and are leaders among sex workers. They facilitated the development of many regional sex work projects. The NSWP participation in the global response to HIV/AIDS was largely responsible for the term sex worker replacing prostitute in many languages, lessening stigma and encouraging pride in the work. They are based in Edinburgh. www.nswp.org

Runner Up: Aliaa Magda Elmahdy (Egypt)

Student, atheist and blogger, Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, posted nude pictures of herself on her blog to show her screams against a society of violence, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy . Sharing and embracing her body, her femininity, particularly at a time when Islamists in Egypt are trying to secure power, was the ultimate act of rebellion. Today, the nude pictures have been taken down but their powerful ripple, a fist upwards to freedom, remains. www.facebook.com/aliaa.magda.elmahdy.blog

Runner Up: Megan Andelloux (USA)

Megan is the founder and director of The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health in Pawtucket, RI. It is a sexuality resource centre designed to provide adults with a safe, physical space to learn about sexual pleasure, health, advocacy issues and discussions on a wide range of topics: De-Mystifying Pudendal Neuralgia , for example. The centre has publications and resources from today's and yesteryear's great sexual thinkers, a huge inventory of sex toys, and the largest handmade vulva doorframe in America. Megan lectures internationally on sexual pleasure, politics, and erotic justice. ohmegan.com/



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