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IUSW Response to the Amnesty International consultation on decriminalising sexwork

April 8th, 2014

The IUSW was asked by Amnesty International for our thoughts about decriminalising sex work.  We have responded with this document in pdf format Sex Work And Human Rights  

Laura Lee, Dr Belinda Brookes-Gordon on Newsnight

February 21st, 2014

Laura Lee and Dr Belinda Brookes-Gordon appeared on Newsnight to discuss the impending debate in the European parliament which intends to criminalise the purchases of sex.  Dorcas Erskine from Eaves was there to support Mary Honeyball who proposes this bill. It was an infuriating debate with Dorcas Erskine shouting down  Belinda when Belinda was given […]

Catherine Stephens and Mary Honeyball argue Mary’s proposals.

February 17th, 2014

Catherine Stephens sexworker from the IUSW and Mary Honeyball MEP argue the Nordic Model on the 14th February 2014 LBC with Duncan Barkes.  Mary proposes that the EU should recommend criminalising the purchase of sex throughout Europe.  There is a vote in parliament towards the end of February. The audio of this discussion is here. Audio.mp3 

Brooke Magnanti talks at the Oxford Union about the Sex Industry

January 23rd, 2014

Brooke Magnanti talks about the sex industry and the rights and freedoms that sex workers do not have due to permissions given by the state. Filmed on Wednesday 4th December 2013.  

Police take action against Birmingham brothels.

October 23rd, 2013

Cross posted from the English Collective of Prostitutes. Please read and be very afraid of the actions police can take to the detriment of our safety. West Midlands police claim to have “rescued five women believed to be sex trafficking victims” during raids on “suspected brothels” in Birmingham. Closure orders[1] have been used against over […]

West Midlands police clamp down on street workers and clients

June 23rd, 2013

The West Midlands are having a clamp down on street sex work. Targeting street walkers and their clients on Hagley Road. Listen to interviews from Catherine Stephens from the International Union of Sex Workers on why the police action will fail, as has police action failed for the last 50 years. Additional interview from Laura […]

Full BBC radio interview with 80 year old client of sex workers

June 23rd, 2013

BBC iPM hears from an elderly listener who was faithful for 40 years, struggled with his wife’s death, but now often pays for sex. Presented by Eddie Mair and Jennifer Tracey. This is the full interview, of which highlights were broadcast on the Radio 4 pm program a few days ago. The 80 listener was […]

Sex and the disabled

June 22nd, 2013

Laura Lee blogger, sex worker and sexwork rights activist appears on the mainstream UK television program Sex on Wheels. Here she works with a disabled client who has never had sex before. There are two versions of the video, the highlights pertaining to Laura Lee, and the full show where other themes are explored. Laura […]

Rhoda Grant and Margo McDonald argue about criminalising the buyer

June 4th, 2013

Rhoda Grant (Labour MSP) who wants to criminalise the buyer, and thus punish sex workers is trying to bring forward a bill in the Scottish Parliament.  Here she is arguing her case with Margo McDonald, independent MSP.

Laura Lee and Rhoda Grant on STV discussing the results of Rhoda’s consultation

June 4th, 2013

Laura Lee and Rhoda Grant discuss (polite word) the proposed law on criminalising the purchaser of sexual services in Scotland.  Rhoda Grant who is proposing the private members bill has just completed the consultation process where 80% of the respondents would want to see the purchaser penalised.  (A very biased sample responding, normally in the […]

HARDtalk Dr Brooke Magnanti Scientist and former prostitute

January 29th, 2013

BBC Hardtalk with Brooke Magnanti discussing prostitution,  Was show  a couple of weeks ago.   More videos on sexwork and the present Scottish and Irish criminalisation agenda are available on this iuswcollectiveemail channel.

Policing and policy on prostitution during London 2012 Olympics: “Harm Was Done”

December 17th, 2012

On this International Day to end violence against sex workers, the IUSW publish a number interviews from sex work projects which show how the policies around the Olympics were a hindrance in protecting sex workers.

The IUSW submission to the Rhoda Grant consultation on prostitution in Scotland

December 14th, 2012

An organisational response to the consultation by Rhoda Grant on the Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex (Scotland) Bill (2) The International Union of Sex Workers December 2012 Policies that solve problems are based in reality and on evidence. The red umbrella is the symbol of the international sex workers’ rights movement. Red for our […]

A letter from an Irish Seworker. please read and publish.

December 12th, 2012

Today Ireland’s Justice Committee is to start hearings on prostitution legislation. You can watch online, they are taking place in Committee Room 2 from 2 p.m. G.M.T. onwards. All of the organisations invited are members of anti-sex work coalition Turn Off the Red Light (TORL). TORL initially announced the news of these hearings last month, […]

Initial response by the English Collective of Prostitutes to European Women’s Lobby recommendations. 4 December 2012

December 4th, 2012

Posted by the ECP (English Collective of Prostitutes)   1.     At a time of economic crisis when poverty among women and children is rising throughout Europe (see EWL own research [1]) and more women, particularly mothers, are working in the sex industry to survive, the EWL chooses to mount an initiative against prostitution.  To criminalise prostitute women’s […]

Fiona Walker investigates Scotland’s sex industry

December 3rd, 2012

Comparison of Edinburgh’s pragmatic approach to sex worker, to Glasgow’s dangerous zero toleration.  Interviews with Laura Lee, Scottish escort and Rhoda Grant the proposer of this dangerous private members bill.    http://bbc.in/QeWUph   For details of the campaign to stop the criminalisation of the sex industry contact Scot Pep. The campaign page is here http://scot-pep.org.uk/having-voice/scot-pep-campaigns/criminalisation-purchase-sex […]

Magnanti (Belle De Jour), Rhoda Grant argue against and for criminalising sex work clients,

December 3rd, 2012

Brooke Magnanti (Belle De Jour) and Rhoda Grant appear on Sunday Politics, arguing the case for criminalising the clients of sex workers.  Brief introduction by Fiona, who as a journalist, investigates the sex industry in Scotland.  Brief interview with Laura Lee (a Scottish sex-worker) is shown.  The full interview is available as a pod cast. […]

Laura Lee and Lord Morrow on BBC Spotlight argue about criminalising clients

November 29th, 2012

Lord Morrow would like to criminalise sex workers clients, and impoverish end endanger the vulnerable in society.  This BBC Northern Ireland  put the the case for and against the criminalisation of sex workers clients.  Laura Lee was interviewed for this 30 minute television documentary.   Part 1   Part 2   Part 3

Lord Morrow and Laura Lee discuss criminalising the purchase of sex on BBC Ulster

November 15th, 2012

Today Laura Lee and Lord Morrow appeared on the Nolan show discussing the legislation Lord Morrow is proposing concerning trafficking.  Many aspects of Lord Morrows’s legislation on trafficking are welcome, but he falls into the trap of conflating sex work with trafficking.  He even starts quoting the UN on sexwork, he should look carefully at […]

Rhoda Grant and Laura Lee on BBC Radio Scotland

November 13th, 2012

You can listen to Laura Lee and Rhoda Grant discuss Rhoda Grant’s proposed ban on the purchase of sex in Scotland.  The program will be aired on BBC Radio Scotland on December 2nd. Rhoda Grant is proposing a bill which will criminalise the purchase of sex.  Her argument is prostitution is violence against women, and that nobody […]

County Antrim escorts speak out on law change

November 13th, 2012

In a Northern Ireland media first, escorts working in County Antrim speak to Count Antrim Post reporter Andrew Coffman Smith about proposed changes to prostitution laws, the media’s portrayal of them and the real story behind human-trafficking. Sex sells but if NI peer Lord Morrow has his way, it will be illegal to buy in […]

Lets get to Work

October 20th, 2012

Rhoda Grant MSP believes that ‘prostitution in Scotland is a form of sexual violence against women and sexual exploitation.’ She believes that ‘prostitution is inherently harmful and dehumanising’ and that ‘the majority of those who are involved in prostitution are unwilling participants.’ She is proposing to make it illegal to purchase sex in Scotland. Now, […]

In support of Irish sexworkers in their hour of need

October 18th, 2012

How To Blog Anonymously (and how not to)

July 23rd, 2012

This article of posting anonymously has was written by Brook Magnanti and is posted with her express permission. How To Blog Anonymously (and how not to) Further to yesterday’s post, this is a list of thoughts prompted by a request from Linkmachinego on the topic of being an anonymous writer and blogger. Maybe not exactly a how-to (since […]

Sex for Sale Ban will put lives at risk

June 24th, 2012

This article appeared in the  Highland News  paper.  It appeared because there is a proposal to criminalise the purchase of sex, an implementation of the Swedish Law. A high profile call girl who regularly entertains clients in Inverness is warning a local MSP’s bid to outlaw buying sex in Scotland could put the lives of prostitutes in danger. Laura […]

Catherine Stephens, IUSW activist and Douglas Fox appeared on the Charlie Spice show

May 15th, 2012

Catherine Stephens talking about Sex Work Politics. Listen into this eRadio show which is a mouth piece for sex workers. Please spread the word and listen here Listen to internet radio with eRadio Broadcast Network on Blog Talk Radio

Free advice and support on Criminal Prosecution for sexworkers through GMB membership

March 7th, 2012

FREE ADVICE AND SUPPORT ON CRIMINAL PROSECUTION FROM AWARD WINNING LEGAL FIRM now included as automatic benefit of GMB membership (Branch I50 only) membership just £6.50/month – download a membership form [clicking here downloads a pdf]

Sex Trafficking… An Olympic Sport?

March 3rd, 2012

Madam Becky Adams who has been running brothels and escort agencies in the Home Counties for the last 20 years should know the ins and outs of the sex industry.  She will know her business, and will know the people working for her.  As a successful business owner she would know about all her competitors  in a […]

BBC Womans Hour -19th January. The Olympics and Trafficking

January 19th, 2012

Georgina Perry, Open Doors, providing outreach support and advice to sex workers, and Julie Bindel, argue about Trafficking and the Olympics.  This was aired on the BBC Womans Hour Thursday 19th January. Listen here Thu Jan 19 12;49;22 2012    

Labour attempt at private members bill to criminalise purchase of sex under 21 years old

January 18th, 2012

John Mann is attempting to bring in a private members bill to criminalise purchase of sex from under 21 years olds.  The present limit is 18, though John Mann seems to think it is 16. There is an important debate to be held on the rights and wrongs of prostitution and the laws that should […]