Archive for the ‘IUSW Publications’ Category

IUSW condemns Women’s Equality Party’s harmful choice to seek criminalisation of commercial sex

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Today the Women’s Equality Party declared support for the “Swedish model” of criminalising people who pay for sex. It is unclear if the Women’s Equality Party is unaware of the growing body of evidence that the “Swedish model” endangers people who sell sex and impedes effective strategies against HIV and other public health risks or […]

We welcome Amnesty International’s Decision to Adopt Policy on the Human Rights of Sex Workers

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Press release from The International Union of Sex Workers on Amnesty International’s Decision to Adopt Policy on the Human Rights of Sex Workers 12 August 2015   The IUSW is deeply grateful to Amnesty International for adopting policy to protect the human rights of sex workers. In doing so, Amnesty has listened to hundreds of […]

Dr Catherine Hakim researching for the Institute of Economic Affairs

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Stephen Jardine, Dr. Catherine Hakim & Jan McLeod  and Laura Lee talk about decriminalisation of the sex industry on the Stephen Jardine show.  Dr Catherine Hakim researching for the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) is calling for the total decriminalisation of the sex industry. Laura Lee  a sex worker supporting decriminalisation for the  protection of […]

Have YOU told your prospective MP your views on prostitution.

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

In parliament last November, some MPs tried to make it illegal to pay for sex. Campaigners for increased criminalisation have met with senior politicians and will keep up the pressure for increased repression. The Northern Ireland assembly passed a law making it illegal to purchase sex, this comes into affect in June 2015. These well-funded and […]

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 […]