Archive for the ‘IUSW Publications’ Category

IUSW Response to the Amnesty International consultation on decriminalising sexwork

Tuesday, 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

Friday, 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.

Monday, 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

Thursday, 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.

Wednesday, 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

Sunday, 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

Sunday, 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

Saturday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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 [...]